Traumatic injuries are responsible for over three million non-fatal (and many fatal) injuries in the U.S. every year. One of the most serious of all of these in terms of fatalities is traumatic brain injury (TBI), which is experienced by around one million Americans.
Additional injuries faced frequently include spinal cord injuries (there are 17.730 in the U.S. every year), spine fractures, traumatic amputations, facial, and acoustic traumas. If you have just come home from the hospital after one of these injuries, what steps can you take to feel more empowered during your recovery?
Knowing Your Legal Rights
Getting over TBIs or spinal cord injuries can take months or even years of rehabilitation and therapies, which are costly. One of the first steps to greater empowerment and independence involves knowing what rights you are entitled to.
If, for instance, your trauma was caused by negligent or wilful acts, you might decide to file a civil suit against a defendant for damages. The amounts obtained during a settlement or as a result of litigation can help pay for promising new therapies such as gene and cell-based therapies, which have dramatically improved the technical ability to induce regeneration in the spinal cord.
Creating A Treatment Plan
Knowing that you are following a treatment plan with specific goals can help you feel that you are moving forward in terms of progress. For a condition such as spinal cord injuries, this plan would usually include aspects such as positioning and early mobilization management plans, stretching programs, manual stretching, muscle vibration therapy, and the like.
Your plan should take physical as well as psychological matters into account. Adapting to life after a traumatic injury can be a big challenge, and you may need help from a therapist to help you deal with disappointment and having to adapt to many short or long-term changes.
Feeling Like Part Of A Group
There are many groups and associations for people who have undergone spinal cord injuries, TBIs, facial trauma, and other traumatic injuries. They include the American Spinal Injury Association, Facing Disability, and the Mike Utley Foundation.
Many have useful online resources that can keep you informed on the latest treatments, new findings, and more. Some also provide opportunities for you to meet others overcoming trauma. Doing so and forming part of a strong social network can help you feel supported every step of the way.
Millions of people across the globe experience traumatic injuries, many of which are life-changing. If you are one of them, it is important to know your legal rights and to obtain any damages you may be entitled to, to make up for short or long-term loss of income. You will also need to create a treatment plan that may comprise various therapies and approaches.
Finally, networking and joining online and face-to-face groups can help you in terms of receiving useful tips and receiving support from someone who understands what you are experiencing.