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How long the brain takes to heal after an injury is unpredictable and depends entirely on the injury, the health of the person before the accident, and what actions were taken immediately after the injury occurred. Some traumatic brain injuries, like concussions, can heal within a few months and with few visits to a doctor. In rare cases, the victim never recovers consciousness. TBI includes brain swelling, diffuse axonal injury, hematoma, contusion, and coma. 

Traumatic brain injuries can be caused by motor vehicle accidents, falls, and assault. These different types of accidents all fall within personal injury law, and you may be able to recover compensation for your financial losses and emotional distress in a personal injury claim. A personal injury attorney can explain to you the laws that are relevant in your case, what rights you have and what the estimated value of your case is. For more information, click here to learn how an attorney can help you.

After the Injurious Accident

No doctor knows when a brain injury will heal. Every person is unique, so the recovery process will be different for each victim. In general, though, the victim is unconscious in the initial days or weeks after the injury as doctors wait for the swelling in the brain to decrease. As the victim recovers consciousness, they may open and close their eyes but not be aware of their surroundings. Later on, they may react to stimuli like the touch of a loved one’s hand or sounds. This initial phase typically lasts up to two months after the accident. 

An Uncertain Future

The first two years after an injury are when the vast majority of the brain’s recovery takes place, especially when under the care of a skilled neurologist. After that, there is no way to know how much longer it will take to see improvement if any. Some patients see improvement in their symptoms five to ten years later.  

It’s important to follow your doctor’s orders and get plenty of rest after your accident.  Regular, non-strenuous exercise and a healthy diet can support the body as your brain heals and strengthens connections throughout the rest of the body.

Speak To An Attorney Who Cares

No doubt this injury has affected your and your family’s lives. A traumatic brain injury prevents the victim from being able to earn a living, participate in events that are meaningful to them, be actively involved in their children’s lives or take care of themselves independently. Many people who suffer from TBI say that they feel helpless and like their life is passing them by. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you file a claim to receive damages for your medical bills, lost wages, future last earning potential, out-of-pocket costs, and damages for your pain and suffering. 

Most people don’t reach out to an attorney because they fear how expensive representation will be. Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means that you do not pay unless they win for you. Most also offer a free consultation to potential new clients. It’s worth it to speak to an attorney today about your accident or incident that led to your TBI.