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When is rehabilitation necessary for severe TBIs?

On Behalf of | May 7, 2024 | Catastrophic Injuries, Personal Injury

Despite being a common type of injury in accidents, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can also be one of the most unpredictable. Minor cases may resolve with little to no medical intervention, while moderate to severe TBIs can lead to complications quickly.

In some situations, a TBI could seem mild but result in catastrophic health issues, permanent impairments and complex disorders impacting speech, behavior or even basic motor skills. These severe cases could require extensive medical care, including specialized treatments and rehabilitation, based on the circumstances.

Understanding a patient’s needs

If you sustained a severe TBI, requiring rehabilitation is possible but not always needed. Physicians usually require multiple tests and evaluations before determining if rehabilitation is necessary. Instead of issuing you this option immediately, health care providers should first take time to understand your condition better. By learning about your symptoms, your treating doctor can gauge what type of rehabilitation to include in your treatment plan.

The screening process could involve different tests to detect neurological issues that manifest in many ways, such as losing specific skills, facing difficulties when remembering simple things, suffering from mental disorders, experiencing intense chronic pain, having physical impairments and even becoming unable to smell or taste. All these health problems can impact your quality of life, making rehabilitation necessary.

Realities of needing rehabilitation

Going through rehabilitation could do wonders to address your TBI-related health issues, but accessing these services can be challenging. Certain types of rehabilitation can be expensive, especially those necessary to address physical impediments. These services can be too costly for an average citizen to afford.

If you need rehabilitation to recover from your TBI, you may have no choice but to pursue compensation based on the circumstances that caused your injury. When considering this option, seeking legal counsel could help determine if you have a valid case and if legal action is appropriate.