A TBI, or traumatic brain injury, is a type of injury that can seriously change the rest of your life. This type of injury can happen in a car accident or another situation where you strike your head, and you could have a closed or open injury. Either way, it can be life-altering.
The first thing that many people want to know after a TBI is how long it will take them to recover. This can be vastly more complicated than looking at recovery timeframes for broken bones or more minor injuries. The brain is your most fragile organ, and there are a lot of factors that determine how long recovery will take and how complete that recovery will be.
Measuring in months or years
Many times, recovery is not measured in days or weeks but in months or years, as these are long-term issues. For instance, some reports found that roughly two out of every three TBI patients would make what they called a good cognitive recovery by the end of the first year.
These cases are difficult to predict because the severity of an injury can vary from one case to another, even if the same area of the brain was injured. In other cases, the severity may be similar, but different parts of the brain can be damaged, leading to vastly different symptoms and healing times. Generally speaking, doctors look at traumatic brain injuries as if every case is unique. There are a lot of factors that will determine just how long that recovery takes for each patient.
However, the thing to remember is that this can take a long time, it can be expensive, and there are cases when complete healing never happens. If you’ve been seriously injured, you must know about your options to seek financial compensation.