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Can occupational therapy help a brain injury victim who suffers with mood swings?
Many victims of brain injuries experience emotional changes and mood swings. This is often caused by the victim being unable to do many of the same activities or tasks they could before the injury and now must rely on assistance from others. Occupational therapy can help those victims come up with different mechanisms for coping with these frustrations, as well as help the victim develop ways to do some of these tasks themselves.
What types of tools or materials could an occupational therapist recommend for a victim with a brain injury?
Many brain injury victims struggle with memory lapses. One of the most common tools that could help is a notebook or notepad where the victim could write things down. Using a planner or some other material that enables the victim to keep all their important information organized in one place is another tool.
What is the role of occupational therapy for a brain-injured victim?
Many brain injury victims have difficulty with personal care, memory loss, and cognitive skills. An occupational therapist will determine what the victim is able to do on their own and where they need help in order to become more independent.
What is involved in a brain injury recovering process?
Even a mild brain injury can take weeks or months to recover from. During this time, a victim can suffer from depression, difficulty concentrating, forgetfulness, mood swings, and trouble sleeping. Victims should do all they can to avoid mentally or physically strenuous.
Some brain injury victims suffer with permanent damage and are unable to return to work or other activities they did before the accident.
What are the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury?
The most common sign of a brain injury is a headache that doesn’t go away, even with medication. Other symptoms include difficulty concentrating, difficulty staying awake, dizziness, memory loss, nausea, sleepiness, and vomiting.
What are the causes of traumatic brain injury?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are almost two million people who experience a traumatic brain injury in the United States each year. Approximately 275,00 are hospitalized and more than 50,000 die because of their injuries.
Traumatic brain injuries occur from either a blow or strike to the head. The most common cause of brain injuries is falling. Car accidents are the third most leading cause, followed by assault.
Some brain injuries are caused by jarring motions and not from actual contact to the head. This motion causes the brain to shake inside the skull, which can cause swelling and bruising.
Do I have to go to court if I file a traumatic brain injury lawsuit?Most TBI cases settle before going to court, but there is a possibility a trial is necessary. Thus, it is imperative to hire a personal injury attorney who is experienced in winning TBI verdicts in court, as well as settlements out of court.
What legal rights do I have if I suffer a traumatic brain injury caused by another party?If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury because of the negligent conduct of another person or party, you have a right to compensation. Your attorney will work with medical professionals, vocational experts and other experts to determine proper compensation for your medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of earning capacity.
How do I know if I have suffered a traumatic brain injury in an accident?Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury can be subtle and may not happen right after the accident. You may have loss of consciousness, headache, blurred vision, loss of balance, nausea or vomiting, mood changes, fatigue, sleep pattern changes and sensitivity to sound or light. Get medical attention immediately if you have any of these symptoms after an accident.
What are the signs and symptomsof a brain injury?
The symptoms and side effects of a brain injury vary and you may not notice the side effects for days or weeks after the accident. But general symptoms of brain injury include:
· Losing consciousness even just for a minute
· Blurry vision, strange smells or a funny taste in your mouth
· Trouble speaking
· Personality/Mood changes
· Memory loss
· Dizziness or vertigo