Brain injuries can range from mild concussions to serious impairment. When you suffer any degree of brain injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, you should understand the complexity of your recovery before agreeing to a settlement.
A concussion comes with a series of recovery stages.
The first few days
Avoid talking with the insurance company or anyone about your injury in the first few days. Those first couple of days after a concussion are critical. Your brain goes through changes both physically and chemically as a result of a concussion, and straining yourself too much can set your recovery back or potentially alter your recovery trajectory completely. In addition, if you try to do much physically, you risk a fall or subsequent head injury which could worsen your condition.
The next few weeks
During the weeks after your concussion, your medical team will offer testing and support to assess your recovery progress and prognosis. This helps you predict your maximum recovery, including effects such as speech pattern alterations, irritability and mood control issues and memory loss. These are all long-term complications of concussions.
The coming months
Some patients who suffer concussions experience debilitating headaches, vision issues, hearing problems and sleep disturbances in the months after the injury. Consider how complications like this could affect your daily life and seek restitution accordingly.
Recovering from a brain injury is an unpredictable process that may leave you feeling uncertain about your future. Consider the long-term costs and complications when you decide to seek restitution.