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Is a nursing facility a good option for a TBI patient?

People with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) often require rehabilitation to regain full or partial function. However, there may be a gap between when a patient is discharged from a hospital and when he or she can be approved for rehabilitative care. In this event, you might consider placement in a nursing facility, which takes a concerted effort on behalf of the family to ensure the TBI patient is being treated reasonably. Brainline.org offers the following advice on how you can ensure your loved one is taken care of when in a nursing home. 

The Glasgow Coma Scale explained

Classifying a brain injury as "traumatic" may imply that such an injury is relatively rare. Yet in reality, TBI's are quite common. Indeed, according to information shared by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 1.7 million people suffer such injuries in the U.S. each year. Many might equate a TBI with debilitating effects that leave one either significantly impaired or in a vegetative state and require around the clock care. Even though that may be the outcome of some TBI cases, there are actually varying degrees of brain injury severity. 

Personality and behavior changes after an accident

When people think about the consequences of a traffic accident, many focus on the physical injuries that people sustain, the financial costs associated with the crash (hospital bills, missing work, property damage, etc.), and the loss of life. However, there are other hardships that victims sometimes experience after a car crash, which can be more difficult to detect. For example, someone's behavior or personality might be different due to a collision they were involved in.

What do football and car accidents have in common?

Football fans in California may be aware of the detrimental effects of playing the game. In past years, discussions around concussions and their short- and long-term effects have been common, even resulting in a movie starring Will Smith. What some people might not know is car accidents can also cause traumatic brain injuries that result in similar symptoms as a concussion. Being aware of the common signs may help one seek medical help.

New app may soon be able to diagnose TBIs

Whether people suffer a head trauma from a fall, car crash or other accident, immediately seeking medical attention is essential to prevent more serious damage from developing. However, many do not bother to go to the hospital because a headache is to be expected after a blow, and they do not notice any other symptoms of a concussion or more severe traumatic brain injury. If there is bleeding or swelling within the skull, though, what starts as a headache could result in permanent brain damage.  

What are some facts about brain injuries?

When it comes to traumatic brain injury (TBI), it’s important that people in Orange County know the facts. These types of injuries can sometimes have lasting effects, which often affect mobility, emotional response, and even cognitive function. Accordingly, knowing what to expect can help brain injury victims on their road to recovery.

Brain injury prevention tips

When it comes brain injury prevention, people in Orange County must know certain facts to remain protected. Brain injuries can occur as a result of numerous activities, from sporting events to traveling in cars. Additionally, brain injuries can have devastating consequences, including lifelong disability, coma or even death.

What is a concussion?

Concussion can occur to virtually anyone in California, and may have a lasting impact on your health and well-being. That’s why it’s so important to understand the full ramifications of this type of brain injury, as well as being aware of the signs and symptoms. In some cases, immediate medical attention may be required to prevent further complications from occurring.

Understanding chronic traumatic encephalopathy

While even a single instance of head trauma may prove damaging, repeated brain injuries can lead to a medical condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). While this degenerative disorder is best known for afflicting pro-athletes, the fact is that anyone who suffers from numerous head injuries can be affected by this devastating condition.

Possible link between head injury and mental illness

Much like people all over the nation, residents of Orange County are well-aware of the many damaging aspects of significant brain injuries. What may be less well-known is the effect a head injury can have on one’s mental state. In fact, recent studies have shown a link between brain injuries and mental illness. Here at Callahan & Blaine, we’ve seen firsthand the struggles faced by victims of head injuries. That’s why we go above and beyond when lending legal support to such clients, who often have much to contend with throughout their recoveries.

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