The human brain is amazing. Daily, more information is being discovered about how the brain develops, functions and heals after an injury. New frontiers in brain science are constantly being discovered. Ideas about what a person with a brain injury can and can’t do are always being challenged.
Brain injuries present a serious health condition, and healing takes time and patience. There are things about brain injuries we may not realize. This is just a sampling:
- Brain injuries are common outside of sports and military service. Generally, we hear of traumatic brain injuries that are related to veterans or people in sports. Parents are very aware of the concussions their kids can receive playing football. Statistics show that infants to age 4, teens from 15 to 19 and adults over 65 are most likely to sustain a brain injury.
- Predictability in the healing process is not necessarily set in stone. There are a variety of factors that impact the healing process. Some people who were given a bleak prognosis have broken through barriers and accomplished considerably more than their doctors thought possible. Does it happen all the time? No, it doesn’t, but when it does, it always comes as a welcome surprise.
- The brain needs rest for healing. The more activity an injured brain has to deal with, the longer it can take to heal. Over-stimulation doesn’t help the healing process, it hinders it.
- Rehabilitation doesn’t stop when therapy is over. Brain injuries take a long time to heal. It can take weeks, months or even years to make gains. The point is that gains can be made. It is easy to think that because the therapy has ended, this is as far as healing can go. Actually, the brain can continue to heal under the right circumstances.
- Hope is not the same as denial. Sometimes, when a person is dealing with a brain injury it can seem like they are in denial about their capabilities. In fact, many people living with brain injuries have hope they can improve. It can be the same for the loved ones of a brain-injured person. Such hope should be supported and nurtured. The person living with a brain injury has a lot to cope with, and hope is one of the keys to helping them travel this difficult ground.
A brain injury can turn a family’s life upside down. The attorneys at Frohlich, Gordon & Beason, P.A., know how fragile recovery from such a trauma can be. We specialize in personal injury law. If you need help with your personal injury case, contact us for a free initial consultation. We have offices in Englewood, North Port, and Port Charlotte to serve the southwestern communities of Florida.