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Treatment and rehabilitation for brain injuries

Any Arizona resident could suffer a brain injury at some point in their lives. Brain injuries can occur if a person is involved in a bike accident, car crash or all-terrain vehicle accident. Older individuals are prone to suffering brain injuries during a fall, while kids are at risk of injuring themselves at the playground.

The treatment of brain injuries depends upon the severity of the injury. There is no real treatment for injuries that are considered to be minor except for rest and, if there is pain, over-the-counter pain medication. However, it is recommended that an injured person be monitored in the event that any symptoms worsen. Someone who has suffered more serious brain injuries may be monitored to ensure that they are getting the oxygen they need to keep their blood pressure steady. In some cases, an injured person may be put into a temporary coma or on other medications in order to reduce any secondary damage.

Brain injuries can cause an injured person to have trouble with communication and mobility. Physical therapists and neuropsychologists can assist an injured person by helping them relearn movement patterns and improve their balance, while a speech pathologist can assist the person with their communication skills. There is always the possibility that the person who suffered the injury will have decreased mental functions, especially if the injury was extremely severe or if there was a period where the person's brain did not receive enough oxygen.

When a brain injury results from another person's negligent or reckless actions, the injured person may have a valid case against that person. If there is evidence that shows that the other person was responsible for causing the injury, the injured person could seek compensation for the costs associated with the injury by filing a personal injury lawsuit.

Source: The Spectrum, "Follow tips to fight brain injuries", October 13, 2014

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