Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) generally occur when sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. There are several levels of severity when it comes to brain injuries, ranging from a mild concussion to brain death and physical death. In cases of mild injury, the person may be conscious or lose consciousness for a couple seconds or minutes and may only experience headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. Those with severe TBI could experience the same symptoms but could also suffer from nausea, seizures, slurred speech and loss of consciousness for extended periods of time. No matter the severity of brain injuries, they must be handled promptly to avoid further damage.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a traumatic brain injury and someone else is at fault, we want you to prepared.
The Recovery Process
Generally, the first six months after the injury are when you will see the fastest improvement. Yet, recovery can happen for the first two years and beyond but slows significantly as time goes on. The Rancho Los Amigos scale or Level of Cognitive Function Scale (LCFS) is what is used to determine the level of recovery.
- Level 1 – No Response: Person is unresponsive to stimuli
- Level 2 – Generalized Response: Person responds to stimuli
- Level 3 – Localized Response: Person reacts to stimuli
- Level 4 – Confused/Agitated: Person is Confused and frightened
- Level 5 – Confused – Inappropriate/Non-agitated: Person is confused and unfocused
- Level 6 – Confused-Appropriate: Person is able to concentrate for small amounts of time
- Level 7 – Automatic-Appropriate: Person can dress and feed themselves
- Level 8 – Purposeful-Appropriate: Person has functioning memory
- Level 9 – Purposeful-Appropriate: Person can go through daily routine with some assistance
- Level 10 – Purposeful-Appropriate/Modified Independent: Person can go through daily routine without assistance
The more severe the brain injury is, the longer the recovery time will be and the lower the chances of a full recovery. Those with TBI may needs inpatient rehabilitation to help them recover their cognitive abilities. During this rehabilitation they will experience physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.
Traumatic Brain Injury Cases
Of course your health should be the first priority after an event like this. However, if you or a loved one are suffering due to the negligence of others, it’s important to speak with an experienced lawyer immediately in order to ensure you get a fair settlement. Contact Jeremy Rosenthal today for more information and help with the process!