For the first couple of months following a brain injury, it’s very difficult to know how long recovery will take or the outcome. What we do know is that recovery will take time and it’s a slow process that takes months, even years, not weeks.
Usually, six months after your injury you’ll have more of an idea of your recovery. However, it’s best to wait a year. After a year, you’ll have much more of an idea.
Psychological recovery may take longer than physical recovery. It is psychological aspects that tend to cause more long-term issues.
Most of the recovery after a brain injury occurs within the two years of the injury. After two years, things become more uncertain.
In some cases, however, further recovery has been seen up to five to ten years after the injury.
Overall if you survive a severe closed head injury it’s likely that you will make a good recovery. Bear in mind this does not mean that you will necessarily recover to the way you were before your injury.
Even if you’ve received rehabilitation therapy after the injury, life expectancy may be shorter.
A brain injury may increase the risk of death from various causes. So, make sure that you maintain healthy lifestyle and medical therapies.