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The length of recovery following a traumatic brain injury

There are many causes of traumatic brain injury. For example, you could be involved in a motorcycle accident. Just the same, this could be the result of a slip and fall accident or serious collision during a sporting event.

If a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, it's important that you understand what he or she is going through. This starts with choosing the right medical team, as this is essential to his or her recovery.

At some point, you'll want to discuss the length of recovery and what to expect along the way.

Generally speaking, the fastest improvement occurs during the first six months following the injury. It is then that the person will show the most signs of improvement, which goes a long way in determining where things will end up.

Between the six month and two year mark, more improvement can be made, however, it's not typically on the same level as the first six months.

Finally, after two years, the ability to recover slows down substantially. Even so, it's possible to make some improvements during this time.

Since no two people are the same, it's hard to say what to expect in regards to the rate of improvement. While one person could overcome most their injuries within a year, it could take another much longer to regain control of his or her life.

Due to the length of recovery and potential for long term medical expenses, you should learn more about what caused your loved one's accident. You may be able to receive compensation to help offset these costs.

Source: The Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC), "Understanding TBI: Part 3 - The Recovery Process," accessed Nov. 09, 2016

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