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The Importance of Rehabilitation after a Traumatic Brain Injury

The importance of rehabilitation after a traumatic brain injury (TBI) cannot be understated. Treatment in the acute stages of a TBI is very important, as is treatment on an ongoing basis. 

Our brains affect every area of our lives and this is quickly realized once a TBI has occurred. A brain injury can cause physical limitations (gross motor skills and fine motor skills) and impact a person’s cognitive abilities, speech, memory and analytic thinking. 

Rehabilitation can help those affected by brain injuries and can be tailored to the individual. 

An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you to find treatment providers in the area you live in your area and help you access the treatment you need. We will fight for your rights to medical and rehabilitation benefits if the injury is as a result of a motor vehicle accident and if you have no access to insurance, or your insurance company has denied your benefits, we can help you find a way to afford treatment. 

There are many types of rehabilitation specialists that can help a person adapt to living with TBI. 

It is important to be registered with a family physician in order to access treatment funded by OHIP if you do not have other insurance. Your family doctor can help initiate referrals to specialists such as physiatrists, neurologists and neuropsychologist and also make referrals for diagnostic imaging such as CT Scans and MRIs. 

A neuropsychologist can assess the effects of TBI on the thinking processes, behaviour and emotions. 

Your lawyer, your physician or a specialist can make recommendations for the following types of treatment: 

Physiotherapy – physiotherapists evaluate mobility, balance and strength and provide treatment and exercises. 

Occupational Therapy – occupational therapists (OT) focus on activities of daily living and the difficulties that a person with TBI may be experiencing. 

An occupational therapist can help provide you with strategies to improve memory and cognitive function.  Many smart phones and iPads/tablets have calendars, reminder features. They also have applications or programs that can 

For example, an OT can help provide you with tips to remember appointments and tasks. 

Speech Language Therapy – speech language pathologists (SLP) evaluate communication, cognitive and if applicable, swallowing functions and provide treatment. 

A speech language pathologist can help with altered speech, difficulties swallowing and language difficulties. For example, an SLP can provide exercises to expand and improve muscle movement for speech or swallowing. 

Vocational Counseling – vocational counselors assist with transitioning back to work or school and conduct assessments for workplace modifications and assistive devices. 

Social Worker – a social worker can help coordinate your rehabilitation team and offer supportive counseling to the individual and families. 

Our firm has established relationships with many rehabilitation facilities and specialists and can help guide persons who have suffered a traumatic brain injury when it comes to finding the right provider. 

At the law firm of Paciocco & Mellow, we handle various types of personal injury claims including traumatic brain injury claims. 

If you have been injured and have suffered a traumatic brain injury, it is important that you contact the experienced Windsor personal injury lawyers at Paciocco & Mellow at (519) 915-SORE (7673). We can provide you with a free, no obligation initial consultation.  

We can also provide you with the proper resources in order to help you access the medical care and rehabilitation you need. 

The law firm of Paciocco & Mellow aims to help provide you with Peace of Mind at a Difficult Time.