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Immediate treatment of traumatic brain injuries

There has been a big focus on brain injuries caused by sports in Florida. In particular, the NFL and NHL have been under scrutiny due to the amount of brain related injuries in those sports. However, many people suffer traumatic brain injuries outside of sports in Florida. These injuries can occur in car accidents, slip-and-fall accidents and many other situations. The effects of these brain injuries are the same, however, no matter where or how they occur. Some of the effects can completely change a person's life.

When someone suffers a moderate or severe brain injury, early treatment is very critical to help diminish the long-term issues associated with the brain injury. When people are brought to the hospital, the main goal of the doctors is to make sure the brain has sufficient oxygen and blood and to reduce inflammation around the brain.

These goals are accomplished through medication and surgery. Three main medications that are used are diuretics, which help reduce pressure; anti-seizure drugs to avoid further damage to the brain from a seizure; and coma-inducing drugs because brains in a coma need less oxygen.

Doctors may also have to perform surgery. One common type of surgery is to remove blood clots that may form if there is bleeding in or around the brain. Another is to repair skull fractures or opening up the skull to drain fluid and provide a swollen brain more room.

These are just the immediate medical cares, though. After the patient is stabilized, there is still a long road to recovery, which may involve extensive rehabilitation. That is why traumatic brain injuries can be so costly. Between the medical bills and lost wages, one may be placed in a real financial hardship. However, the victim may be able to receive compensation for the injuries to help with those hardships.

There are many people in Florida suffering from traumatic brain injuries. These injuries can completely change a person's life and can be very expensive. While compensation will not help the injury heal, it can help with the financial hardships associated with a traumatic brain injury. Experienced personal injury attorneys understand these hardships and may be able to help make one whole again.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Traumatic brain injury," accessed on August 4, 2015

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