Stages of Consciousness After a Traumatic Brain Injury

Video Transcription:
Many times if you hear the word coma associated with a brain injury it brings to mind a very specific type of condition. A coma is a situation where the person who has a brain injury is non-responsive to any stimulation.

I think that many people believe that once you enter into a coma, you may never recover and this is can be true but most people actually do recover from a coma, most within the first two to four weeks. And, when a coma progresses to the stage where you will not recover they consider it to be a vegetative state. Many times people in this condition will actually recover and move into what we call a minimally responsive state.

I think it’s important to remember that when a person has a concussion/brain injury to the extent that they go into a coma, you have to deal with the coma but the fact that they had a concussion significant enough to cause a coma reduces the recovery rate by almost 40%. So, this is a very serious condition and one that needs to be taken seriously by your lawyer.

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