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06
May

Recovering from a Brain Injury After a Motorcycle Accident

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If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident in Austin and suffered a traumatic brain injury, recovery following the accident can take on many different forms. No two people recover in the same way, but recover, if it is to happen, is somewhat predictable as it follows a series of steps. Here is what you can reasonably expect.

The Different Stages

During the weeks following a brain injury, the chemical makeup of the brain is affected. Eyes may remain shut and people may not be aware of their surroundings. As the swelling decreases, brain function typically improves. You may notice the person’s eyes open, they may follow a traditional sleep-wake cycle and they may begin to follow commands with intent. Some terms you may hear are:

  • Coma
  • Vegetative State
  • Minimally Conscious State

Recovery Length

According to medical professionals, people who have suffered from a traumatic brain injury will show the most improvement during the six months following the accident. After this, improvements are made but they are not as rapid. Most people recover as much as they are going to within two years. Improvements can be made after two years, but they will come slowly.

RLCF Scale

Doctors rate recovery using the Rancho Los Amigos Levels of Cognitive Functioning (RLCF). These levels are:

  1. No response
  2. Generalized response
  3. Localized response
  4. Confused and/or agitated
  5. Confused-inappropriate/non-agitated
  6. Confused-appropriate
  7. Automatic-appropriate
  8. Purposeful-appropriate (with regards to memory and response)
  9. Purposeful-appropriate (with regards to daily routines)
  10. Purposeful-appropriate/modified independent

After Two Years

Two years post injury, many people have experienced their majority of recovery. Some will continue to show decreases in disability, and some will require some level of supervision to maintain their own safety. The majority of people are living in a private residence, and just under half are co-habitating with another individual. Only 29 percent of those two-years post injury are unemployed.

If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, you may be due compensation under the law. Our team is here for you as you begin the road to recovery. Call us or browse our website for more information about how we can assist you. Your first consultation is free. Call now.

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