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Get the inpatient care you need after a brain injury

You didn't even have time to think before you were struck crossing the road. All you remember is the flash of metal before you found yourself waking up on the pavement. Everything hurt, and you couldn't make sense of your surroundings.

Within a few days, it was clear that you'd suffered a serious brain injury. You struggled with everyday tasks and slurred your speech. Even when the swelling went down, things didn't get much better.

For people in your situation, acute inpatient rehabilitation is a necessity. This type of rehabilitation keeps you in a facility, like a nursing home or hospital ward that focuses on therapy for several hours a day. Inpatient therapy usually requires three or more hours of therapy per day for five to seven days per week. Some common kinds of therapy that patients receive include physical, occupational and speech therapy.

You'll likely work with a multidisciplinary team, which works together to help you progress. Once a week, this team may sit down together to talk about your progress and discharge plan. It's normal to have a physician, neuropsychologist, rehabilitation nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist speech therapist and/or others on the team.

Inpatient treatment is intensive but helps patients get support in the early days of their recovery. With some luck and a lot of hard work, many patients overcome any problems caused by their brain injuries. It can be expensive, but with an appropriate settlement, any patient can receive this much-needed care following a car or pedestrian accident. You should not settle for less than what you need to recover.

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