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What kind of therapists will a brain injury victim need to see?

If you or a loved one suffered from a serious traumatic brain injury (TBI), you're probably desperate to find treatments and therapies that can help you recover and heal. Unfortunately, even though certain types of therapies, experimental treatments, medications and surgeries can help some victims of TBI, most doctors agree that the best medicine for TBI is time and rest.

That said, there are a wide variety of therapies that can benefit TBI victims in certain situations. You might want to review a complete list of therapies to see if one of them could be good for you or your loved one's situation.

Types of therapists, doctors, counselors and nurses a TBI victim might see

Here are some of the most popular rehabilitation therapists who may be able to help brain injury victims:

  • Physiatrist: This is a doctor who will oversee the entire rehabilitation regime for the injury victim. This doctor will make recommendations for medicine and various rehabilitative therapies.
  • Occupational therapist: This is the individual who can help the brain injury victim learn new life skills to be independent and enjoy everyday activities again.
  • Physical therapist: This therapist will help patients gain mobility control and relearn how to move their bodies again.
  • Social worker or case manager: This individual will help coordinate various professionals with whom the patient needs to communicate. He or she will also assist with communication among family members and care providers.
  • Rehabilitation nurse: This nurse will help organize rehabilitation care, medical services and plan for the patient's discharge.
  • Recreational therapist: This therapist will help the individual improve the quality of life to find new and enjoyable activities.
  • Vocational counselor: This individual will assist patients to explore different work opportunities while developing strategies to assist patients to rejoin the workforce.
  • Speech and language pathologist: This therapist will assist the brain injury sufferer to relearn how to speak, improve speech clarity and assist with communication devices.
  • Neuropsychologist: This individual will assist the individual to reduce cognitive impairment, increase cognitive performance and develop psychological coping strategies.

Seeking financial compensation after a brain injury

A brain injury victim might have suffered his or her injury as a result of another party's negligence. In these cases, it could behoove the victim to explore his or her legal options under Missouri personal injury law. If the plaintiff has a viable personal injury claim related to a brain injury, it could be possible to seek money to pay for the costs associated with medical care and other damages.

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