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A variety of professionals may be needed to treat a brain injury

Recovery from a brain injury can be a long-term proposition. A brain injury can affect a person's physical coordination, emotional well-being, verbal skills and other important functions. And this means after suffering a brain injury, a person may need to receive treatment from a host of healthcare professionals.

The following are some of the professionals who can help treat brain injury victims and the kind of services they are able to provide:

  • Language/speech pathologists can assess a person's ability to communicate and comprehend what he or she hears and sees. If necessary, the pathologist can help an individual learn to use assistive technology to communicate.
  • Physical therapists evaluate a victim's ability to use his or her body. A physical therapist can help an injured person reestablish independence by focusing on their ability to stand, walk, get in and out of bed and other essential daily functions.
  • Rehabilitation nurses monitor the body systems of injury victims. A rehabilitation nurse works to help stabilize a person's medical status. The nurse is also responsible for trying to anticipate any future complications.
  • Occupational therapists help injured parties reach their potential for living a full, productive life. This is done by working to reduce, overcome or prevent emotional and physical setbacks.

This is just a sample of the various caregivers who can help those who are working to overcome the effects of a brain injury. And as you can imagine, the road to recovery can be long, hard and expensive.

If you or a loved one have been injured due to the negligence of a doctor or other medical professional, you may wish to file a civil lawsuit for damages. Brain injuries can produce complex symptoms requiring the assistance of experts from a variety of disciplines. As such, it is critical that you receive appropriate compensation to cover your many expenses. A medical malpractice attorney can act on your behalf in pursuit of fair recompense.

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