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How is a traumatic brain injury treated?

When a person in Wilmington, Delaware, suffers a traumatic brain injury, prompt treatment is of the utmost importance. Any delay could worsen the victim's condition. The type of treatment the victim will receive depends on the severity of the injury.

When it comes to mild brain injuries, over-the-counter painkillers and rest will typically be the prescribed treatment. However, it is important to keep an eye on the victim in order to ensure his or her condition is not worsening. It may be necessary for the victim to stay home from work or school until they have sufficiently recovered.

When it comes to moderate to severe injuries, emergency care may be necessary. This involves ensuring the victim is receiving enough oxygen, seeing that their blood pressure is stable and preventing further injuries to the victim's neck or head. In the most severe of circumstances, the victim may find themselves needing intensive care to minimize damage such as blood loss or inflammation. The victim may be prescribed a diuretic or anti-seizure drug or even a drug to induce a coma. In some cases, surgery may also be necessary. In addition, after the immediate damage is under control, the victim may need rehabilitation to recover from a severe injury.

Understandably, the treatment of a moderate to severe brain injury can result in significant medical expenses, which can be difficult to cope with. This is especially true if the incident that caused the injury was the fault of another person, for example, in the case of a car accident caused by a negligent driver. When the injury is due to another person's negligence, the victim may want to pursue legal action against the perpetrator, to help cover the expenses that they would not have incurred but for the perpetrator's negligence.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Traumatic brain injury," Accessed June 22, 2015

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