Updated February 20, 2020

Do I Need Rehabilitation After a Brain Injury?

The brain is one of the most important organs of the body. It controls everything—from memory and concentration to sleeping and the ability to perform basic tasks. With this in mind, it’s no wonder that even seemingly small brain injuries can change a person’s life.

After a traumatic brain injury, you will likely require rehabilitation to get back to normal, or as close to it as possible. The attorneys at Wilson Kehoe Winingham have answers to your questions about traumatic brain injuries and the Indianapolis laws surrounding the potential personal injury case that led to your injury.

What Is Brain Injury Rehabilitation?

Rehabilitation for brain injuries is defined as any specialized support services a patient will require following a brain injury. Sometimes treatment can happen in a hospital or other clinical setting, and some patients will take part in an outpatient rehabilitation program.

These support services can change depending on a person’s needs and the nature of their injury, but the goal of all treatment is to restore as much of a patient’s normal functioning as possible. It may mean learning how to do things differently, if functioning can’t be restored to the level it was before the injury, and otherwise achieving a level of functioning that will allow a patient to return to society.

What Types of Rehabilitation Are Available?

The types of rehabilitation and the specialists a patient will require depend on the precise nature of their brain injury, including the severity of the injury. The parts of the brain that were affected will also play a role in what kinds of therapy are needed. Here are the different types of services a brain injury patient could require:

  • Neuropsychological testing
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Vocational therapy

What Questions Should I Ask a Rehabilitation Program?

Before entering a rehab program, make sure you know what types of services you need. If possible, take a tour of the facility that you’re looking into and see what your first impressions of the location, staff, and patients are.

While nothing in medicine is a guarantee, ask about how well patients do after admission: An average functional improvement measure score is good information to get. Does the facility specialize in brain injury rehabilitation, or are there other medical services offered? Are there a lot of patients in the same situation and demographics that get admitted to this facility? How many patients are admitted to the program each year? What do they do if someone needs to be transferred due to a life-threatening emergency or other new medical problem?

How are family members supported during therapy: Are they encouraged to participate in the recovery, offered counseling services, or provided with housing options?

The answers to these questions will help you find the right rehabilitation program for your specific medical needs.

Contact a Brain Injury Attorney Today

Brain injuries are often very serious and result in months, years, or even a lifetime recovering from the impact and complications of your injury. You will require medical care and rehabilitation, which can be expensive. Even if you didn’t get injured, caring for someone who has been will leave you with a lot of questions and uncertainty about your future.

If you or a loved one have suffered from a brain injury, you are urged to contact the Indianapolis Brain Injury Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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