Traumatic brain injuries or TBI’s leave long lasting and sometimes invisible symptoms for their victims. They may not realize that their changes in mood, behavior, and thinking abilities may have been altered by TBI. Because these invisible impairments tend to go undetected, they can often plague a person’s life for weeks, months, or even years. Now a new alternative treatment, hyperbaric oxygen treatment, offers hope to victims of TBI’s.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized room. The therapy is a well-established treatment for decompression sickness, a hazard of scuba diving and now it’s had amazing results for sufferers of TBI.
One young man who has benefited from the treatment was only 17-years old when he was was involved in a high speed motor vehicle accident. He sustained a severe traumatic brain injury and was in a coma at the scene of the accident. He could barely lift his head before the treatment. After four months of treatment he is now walking un-aided. Now a Virginia Beach police officer who suffered a TBI in the line of duty is hoping the new therapy can help him as well. He suffers from post-concussion syndrome and suffers from terrible headaches, trouble with balance, confusion and trouble speaking.
Unfortunately for victims of accidents and injuries that resulted in TBI’s this new therapy hasn’t been approved as an official treatment for brain injuries and many insurance companies won’t cover the cost. At nearly $200 a session and best results shown at 40 treatments this therapy may be out of reach for many. Because of the serious lifelong consequences of traumatic brain injuries it’s important to retain an experienced brain injury lawyer. Our law firm, Shapiro, Appleton & Washburnhas successfully represented many traumatic brain injury clients. One recent heart breaking case involved a very young girl. Our firm was able to secure a $21 million dollar settlement for her brain injury that was caused when a truck rear-ended a Virginia Beach family’s car.