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No easy choices following a brain injury

The accident that left your loved one with a brain injury has also left your family in fear and uncertainty. Your family may have depended on the income of your loved one, and now it is uncertain if he or she will ever be well enough to work again.

If the insurance company has made an offer, you may be tempted to accept it. After all, some money is better than no money. However, you should be aware of the possibilities for the future and the long, often expensive recovery prospects that frequently follow a brain injury.

Recovering from a brain injury

Because the brain is such a complex organ, doctors and scientists are only beginning to understand how it works and how it heals after an injury. One certainty is that brain tissue does not heal the way tissue does in other parts of the body. Nevertheless, the brain seems to have an amazing way of relearning or finding new ways to process information despite the damage.

To achieve the best possible improvement, however, your loved one may be facing a long, difficult struggle. Of course, this means you will be involved, helping any way you can to speed the recovery along. Certain factors affect the level of recovery doctors expect in patients with brain injuries, including:

  • Age
  • Severity of the injury
  • Length of time spent in a coma
  • Length of any post-coma amnesia
  • Level of awareness upon regaining consciousness
  • Length of time before remembering daily events

Other injuries suffered in the accident may delay the recovery, and it may take days or even weeks before your loved one's medical team can make an accurate assessment of the injury and recommend a course of treatment.

Assistance for the long road ahead

Without question, you are looking at difficult choices in the future. If your loved one requires extensive medical care, you may have to weigh options for a nursing facility, rehabilitation, or long-term care. You may be able to find a transitional facility that provides care for multiple levels of brain injury. There are even options available for in-home care in certain cases.

Naturally, these options all come with a price tag. Thinking about the expense of medical care for your loved one may feel unsettling. Of course, you want the best care possible, but this may be a challenge, especially after losing the income your loved one provided. Accepting the offer of an insurance company without seeking legal counsel may leave you with too little money to cover these crucial expenses. A Texas attorney will provide you with wider options to consider.

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