My niece in Louisville suffered an anoxic brain injury during back surgery. She was in pretty bad shape right after the surgery, but I’ve seen some progress in the three weeks since. If she doesn’t recover completely, should my brother get a lawyer?

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It wouldn’t hurt to talk to a lawyer. You have no obligation to hire the one you speak with, and often the initial consultation is free.

Anoxic brain injuries can be mild to severe, causing varying degrees of problems with memory, behavior, and cognition. For many victims of anoxia, symptoms never completely disappear. The extent of your niece’s recovery depends on a couple of factors:

  • the amount and kind of brain damage;
  • how much time, if any, she spent in a coma or unconscious; and
  • the amount of normal functioning that returns in the first month after her injury.

Chances are, your niece will benefit from rehabilitation, which should be started immediately. The process is different for each individual and may include some or all of the following:

  • physical therapy;
  • occupational therapy;
  • speech therapy;
  • recreational therapy; and
  • training in the use of adaptive equipment.

Treatment for brain injuries may take years, and can run into a great deal of money. Insurance will pay some of this, but you can explore all your options with a good attorney.

Brain injury is occasionally the result of a medical mistake. If your loved one suffered brain damage in a Kentucky hospital because of someone else’s error, contact a Kentucky brain injury lawyer. Call Gray and White Law at 502-210-8942 or toll free at 888-450-4456 to set up a FREE, no-obligation consultation.