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Ohio brain injuries: Initial treatment

The thought of suffering a traumatic brain injury is enough to get most people upset. Fortunately, treatment of such injuries has come a long way over the years. For this reason, even the most serious injuries can be treated, to a certain degree, to help the patient reclaim as much of his or her former life as possible.

Initial treatment of a brain injury is critical, as this will have a lot to do with how the person lives in the future.

Upon visiting a hospital, the trauma staff will take over to determine the extent of the brain injury. In some cases, this means initiating resuscitation procedures and responding to life-threatening circumstances.

While not always the case, a patient may require surgery for a brain injury. In many cases, the need for surgery is immediate. The sooner surgery is completed, the better chance there is that the person will survive.

Many people who suffer a brain injury, such as those involved in a motor vehicle accident, will also be dealing with other health concerns, including broken bones and abrasions. All of these injuries must be taken into consideration and treated in the appropriate manner.

The initial treatment of a brain injury is important, as this will help determine the type of long term treatment that is required.

A brain injury does not always show symptoms right away, so even if you think you are okay following an accident, it is best to be examined by a doctor.

Once stabilized, the victim or his or her family may want to discuss their legal rights with a qualified attorney.

Source: Traumatic Brain Injury, "Initial Treatment" accessed Jan. 21, 2015

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