Treating Communication Difficulties After a TBI
Specific speech problems should be diagnosed by medical professionals such as a neurologist, speech-language pathologist, neuropsychologist, or occupational therapist. After a diagnosis, your medical team can come up with a treatment plan to best meet your needs.
For instance, some slurred speech issues are caused by muscle paralysis or weakness after the injury, rather than actual cognitive issues, and may be treated with medication. While there are no direct medical cures for most communication difficulties caused by a TBI, surgery may be utilized to relieve pressure on the brain in the event of fluid buildup to prevent further problems. Additionally, anti-anxiety and antidepressant medications may also be prescribed to deal with the secondary effects of communication difficulties.
Rather than curing the actual brain damage, most treatments are aimed at dealing with the repercussions of your injury. These rehabilitation therapies are used to improve communication skills over time and develop coping mechanisms for speech problems. After an accident that led to a brain injury, you may experience mounting medical bills due to ongoing therapy such as:
- An extended stay at a rehabilitation facility for traumatic brain injury patients
- Regular outpatient speech and occupational therapy appointments
- In-home therapy visits
In any of these cases, an attorney can help seek compensation for your ongoing medical costs, reduced quality of life, and lost wages if you are unable to maintain your previous work schedule after a TBI.