Brain Injury Care and Treatment in Atlanta
In the hours and days following a traumatic brain injury, the injured person and his or her loved ones see a seemingly never-ending stream of medical professionals. You may see multiple doctors, multiple therapists, and an army of nurses, patient care representatives, and other support staff.
Remembering which people are caring for you in what ways is even harder when a brain injury disrupts your ability to think straight. When you need to recall who was involved in your care months later, you may draw a blank. The experienced Atlanta traumatic brain injury attorneys at Grant Law Office can help you identify those who provided your care while we build your case. Please call (866) 249-5513 or (404) 995-3955 today for a free consultation.
Many doctors are typically involved in traumatic brain injury (TBI) care. Just a few of the physicians you may see include the below:
- Neurologist. Neurologists specialize in disorders of the brain and nervous system, including TBI and spinal cord injuries. A neurologist is likely to deal with headache and seizure following a TBI and may perform several tests to measure brain and nerve function.
- Neurosurgeon. Neurosurgeons specialize in surgery on the brain and nervous system. A severe TBI may cause swelling or bleeding of the brain that requires a neurosurgeon's intervention to correct.
- Ophthalmologist. If the accident caused eye injury in addition to a TBI, an ophthalmologist, who specializes in eye disorders, may provide treatment.
- Psychiatrist. Many TBIs cause lingering problems with mood, communication, and other mental and emotional states. Psychiatrists specialize in mental health issues and may provide treatment, including medication or therapy, to address these effects.
A number of therapists help those with TBIs regain as much of their pre-injury function and abilities as possible. Typically, therapists begin providing care after the TBI patient is out of acute danger and ready to start rebuilding core skills.
- Physical therapist. Physical therapists focus on physical problems that restrict movement and ability. For many severe TBI injuries, this means regaining the ability to walk. Patients who can walk after a TBI may see a physical therapist for head or neck pain or for other movement-related issues.
- Occupational therapist. Occupational therapists focus on rebuilding skills related to "activities of daily living," or "ADL"s. These may include dressing, brushing hair or teeth, eating, and more.
- Psychologist. Like a psychiatrist, a psychologist focuses on mental and emotional problems. Psychologists are typically not medical doctors, but they often have specialized training in providing talk therapy and other forms of assistance. Psychologists who specialize in the effects of TBI on mood and thought may be called "neuropsychologists."
If you've suffered a TBI and believe someone else's negligence is the cause, Georgia law gives you the right to seek compensation. The skilled Georgia personal injury lawyers at Grant Law Office can help you build a strong case, including information from the medical professionals who participated in your care. For a free and confidential case evaluation, contact our office at (866) 249-5513 or (404) 995-3955 today.
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