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How Long Does It Take to Recover From a TBI?

The timeline for medical recovery from a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in a personal injury case can vary based on several factors, such as the severity of the TBI, its type and location, the presence of complications, and the individual’s response to treatment. Here’s a general overview of the recovery phases for different levels of TBI:

Mild TBI (Concussion)

Acute Phase: In most mild TBIs (e.g., concussion), individuals experience initial symptoms that can include headache, confusion, dizziness, and memory problems. The acute phase, where these symptoms are most prominent, typically lasts for days to a few weeks.

Subacute Phase: Many individuals with mild TBI recover within a few weeks to months. This phase may involve ongoing management of symptoms and gradually returning to daily activities and work or school.

Post-Acute Phase: For some, mild TBI symptoms can persist longer, but most individuals fully recover within several months.

Brain X-Ray

Moderate TBI

Acute Phase: The immediate phase after a moderate traumatic brain injury involves emergency care and stabilization, which can last days to weeks.

Subacute Phase: Over the next few months, individuals may receive medical and rehabilitative interventions such as speech, occupational and cognitive therapy to manage symptoms and improve function. Recovery during this phase can vary, with some making significant progress and others taking longer.

Post-Acute Phase: Ongoing rehabilitation and therapy, which may last several months to years, help individuals regain lost functions and achieve the highest possible level of independence.  People will reach maximum medical improvement within approximately 2 years, but may require ongoing therpy to help adapt to their cognitive disabilities. 

Severe TBI

Acute Phase: Severe TBIs often involve a prolonged acute phase characterized by intensive medical treatment and potentially extended periods of unconsciousness or coma. This phase can last for months  or longer, especially where there has been a skull fracture, a brain bleed or swelling of the brain. Life saving procedures to stop bleeding and relieve pressure that can damage brain tissue may be required

Subacute Phase: After the acute phase, individuals will require extensive medical care and rehabilitation for an extended period, which can last from several months to years.

Post-Acute Phase: Long-term rehabilitation, often spanning several years, is essential for optimizing recovery and managing ongoing challenges due to unresolved cognitive deficits. Most  individuals who have experienced a major TBI will face permanent disabilities and personality changes.

Notably, full recovery may not be possible for severe TBIs, and injured victims may face permanent cognitive, physical, and psychological impairments. In such cases, ongoing medical, rehabilitative, and emotional care is essential to improve the quality of life for the injured person and their family.

Why Choose Our Experienced TBI Personal Injury Attorneys?

At Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP, our skilled and resourceful personal injury attorneys are equipped with the knowledge and h experience to provide you with  the legal representation you need to prevail in a traumatic brain injury case. We will take the steps to ensure you receive appropriate compensation for past, ongoing and future medical care, wage loss, long-term pain and suffering, physical therapy and rehabilitation, and necessary home modifications.

Medical Expert Testimony 

TBI cases often require a deep understanding of medical complexities. Our attorneys can work with medical provideres who are experts in traumatic brain injury rehabilitation to assess the extent of injuries, calculate future medical costs, and establish the link between the accident and your TBI.

Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI) 

Our experienced TBI attorneys will collaborate with medical professionals to determine when you’ve reached MMI, meaning your condition is stable. This is a critical factor in calculating future medical costs and compensation. In brain injury cases most people have reached MMI within 2 years of their injury.

Long-Term Planning 

Our TBI personal injury lawyers can help you plan for the long term. They will consider the potential cost of ongoing medical treatments, therapy, and rehabilitation, ensuring that your future needs are accounted for in your compensation claim.

Calculating Economic Damages 

Calculating damages in TBI cases is complicated. Our law firm will work with financial experts and life care planners to estimate the current and future loss of income as well as  costs of ongoing and future care, physical therapy, rehabilitation, nursing assistance at home, long-term medications, home modifications, and any necessary assistive devices.

Damages for Pain and Suffering 

Our experienced TBI personal injury attorneys know how to prove and translate the physical pain and emotional and psychological impact of your TBI into a fair financial value for pain and suffering damages.

Medical Evidence In Traumatic Brain Injury Cases

  • Medical Records: Comprehensive medical records from the time of the accident, including emergency room reports, inpatient and outpatient treatment records, surgical notes, and follow-up appointments
  • Diagnostic Imaging: Results of diagnostic tests, such as CT scans, MRIs, and X-rays, to demonstrate the structural damage to the brain and the severity of the injury
  • Neuropsychological Assessments: Neuropsychological tests and evaluations to assess cognitive function, memory, attention, and other aspects of brain function that may have been affected by the TBI
  • Neurological Examinations: Neurological evaluations conducted by specialists to document any neurological deficits, such as motor impairments, speech difficulties, or sensory disturbances
  • Specialist Consultations: Reports and opinions from various medical specialists, including neurologists, neurosurgeons, and rehabilitation medicine experts, detailing the extent of the TBI and the prognosis for recovery
  • Rehabilitation Plans: Documentation of rehabilitation plans, which may include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and other rehabilitation services, to demonstrate the necessity for ongoing care
  • Life Care Plans: Comprehensive life care plans prepared by medical professionals that outline the anticipated medical and non-medical needs over a lifetime, including therapy, home modifications, and assistive devices
  • Counseling Records: Records of counseling or therapy sessions to address the psychological and emotional impact of the TBI, including evidence of post-traumatic stress, depression, or other mental health issues
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Assessments: Vocational rehabilitation assessments, if applicable, to assess the impact of the TBI on your ability to work and your potential for future employment

Choose Our Dedicated and Compassionate TBI Personal Injury Attorneys in Northern California

The stakes are high in traumatic brain injury cases — the consequences can be life-altering. To ensure you receive maximum compensation for ongoing medical care, current and future income loss, long-term pain and suffering, therapy, and home modifications, you want a top-rated law firm on your side. 

At Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP, our TBI personal injury lawyers will build compelling evidence to prove liability and strongly negotiate with the defendant’s insurance company for the largest possible settlement for you while remaining fully prepared to go to trial if needed. To schedule your free consultation, call us at 886-545-2793 or reach us online.