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What should you do if you have a TBI after a car accident?

On Behalf of | May 17, 2022 | Car Accidents |

Traumatic brain injuries are one of the most common injuries from car accidents in Georgia. Any blow or jolt to the head has the potential to cause this type of injury. Traumatic brain injuries are serious because they could lead to death or disabilities.

Rest

In some cases involving car accidents, people who didn’t stick to their treatment plan held some responsibility for their injuries under the law. Don’t rush yourself in healing from your TBI. If it was mild, you should rest for a few weeks to a month. For more serious traumatic brain injuries, you need to take it easy for up to six months. Your doctor will give you an idea of how long you should rest. Avoid strenuous activities, putting yourself in dangerous situations and watching too much television. Spend more time on relaxing activities, and focus on self-care.

Keep a health journal

After an injury, it’s a good idea to keep a health journal throughout the entire recovery process. This helps prove your personal injury case in court if it turns out you need to file a claim. Record the emotional suffering aspects, not just the physical symptoms you’re going through.

Maintain health records

You should also store records of your visits to the doctor. Maintaining your health records supports a personal injury case.

Eat a brain-healthy diet

Anti-inflammatory foods and oily fish are good to eat during the recovery phase. Whole grains, green leafy vegetables, fruits and fatty fish are anti-inflammatory. Oily fish has the added benefit of increasing the uptake of nutrients in the brain cells and boosting serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical that your brain releases to regulate mood and behavior.

You should rest well and eat a diet that’s supportive of brain health and healing to recover faster from a traumatic brain injury. Also, listen to your doctor’s guidance, even when you feel fine. It’s better to rest longer than to jump back into activities too soon.