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How long does it take to recover from a brain injury?

As we have discussed on this blog before, traumatic brain injuries can have a major impact on West Virginians. A victim may never be the same again, and the recovery process can be painful, lengthy and costly. With this in mind, many victims and their families wonder just how long it takes to recover from a brain injury, and how that recovery will progress over that period of time.

First of all, it should be noted that there is no standard recovery time for traumatic brain injuries. No two cases are the same, and there are many variable that may affect the recovery process.

Typically, a traumatic brain injury victim will see the fastest improvement in his or her condition over the course of the first six months following the injury. Between six months and two years post-accident, a victim may continue to see progress, but it may not happen as quickly as during the first six months after the incident. Progress may not even occur at all. After two years, progress is often slowed considerably, and many traumatic brain injury sufferers do not see any more improvements.

In fact, those who suffered moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries often need long-term care. Statistics show that of those individuals, 34 percent required some sort of supervision during the day or night. This can not only be heartbreaking, but it can also be costly. Rehabilitation and medical costs can quickly become overwhelming, leaving a family with an unsteady financial future.

When this is the case, the victim and his or her family should carefully consider whether legal action is right for them. If the incident that caused the traumatic brain injury was caused by the negligence of another, then a lawsuit may be successful in bringing much needed compensation. This, in turn, may free the family to focus on what really matters: recovery.

Source: MSKTC.org, "Understanding TBI," Thomas Novack & Tamara Bushnik, accessed on Oct. 10, 2015

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