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What happens after you suffer a serious traumatic brain injury

Have you ever heard anyone say that an injury will hurt worse the next day? This happens with many types of injuries, including a traumatic brain injury. You may not feel its affects right away, but that does not mean that your life is not in danger.

If you were involved in a serious accident here in Texas, you should seek medical treatment immediately. Getting treatment within the first three days of your injury may be the crucial difference in your recovery. No one may have realized that you lost consciousness even momentarily. Your symptoms may not make you think that you suffered a moderate to severe blow to your head.

Taken to the emergency room from the scene

In many accidents, someone suffering from a moderate to severe TBI will require immediate medical attention. If this happened to you, paramedics likely took you to an emergency room directly from the scene. Upon your arrival at the ER, medical staff probably took the following steps:

  • Stabilized your blood pressure
  • Ensured adequate blood and oxygen supply to the brain
  • Stabilized your head and neck to prevent further injury

If you suffered other injuries in the accident, medical staff tended to them as well.

What happens next?

After doctors stabilized you, you probably received additional treatment in the ER or ended up in the intensive care unit. The next task was to prevent further damage, also called secondary damage, to your brain. The three biggest risks at this point included the following:

  • Reduced oxygen to the brain
  • Inflammation
  • Bleeding

In order to manage these issues, you probably received the following:

  • Anti-seizure drugs mainly in the first week
  • Diuretics to reduce fluid and increase urine output
  • Coma-inducing drugs if you had issues getting oxygen to your brain

If you continued to suffer from these issues after the first week, doctors may have continued to give you one or more of these medications.

Potential surgery

Depending on your injury, you may have needed surgery in order to ensure that you did not suffer any further brain damage due to one of the following:

  • Skull fractures
  • Blood clots
  • Brain swelling

Several factors determine the length of your hospital stay. Doctors probably discussed your prognosis with you once you were able.

What should I do now?

As you recover from your TBI and adjust to any injuries that may linger long-term or remain for the rest of your life, you could wonder how you and your family will recover financially. For that matter, you may wonder how you will support yourself and your family in the future.

If the negligence of someone else caused or contributed to your injury, you may receive compensation through the filing of a personal injury claim. Considering the complexities involved in a lawsuit, especially one involving an injury such as yours, you may benefit greatly from having a legal ally advocate for you.

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