Caring for a Loved One with a Traumatic Brain Injury
After your spouse, child, or family member has been in a serious accident, it can be difficult to know how best to support them while they recover from their injuries. If your loved one incurred a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the accident, the effects on the victim and the victim’s family can be even more complex and difficult to manage than with other bodily injuries. No amount of money can erase all the pain and challenges of dealing with a TBI in a loved one. That said, receiving the compensation you’re owed after an accident which was caused by someone else’s carelessness can help you afford the care and professional help your family needs. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney for help in taking legal action after an accident.
There are many forms of TBI, varying in level of severity from a mild concussion to a catastrophic injury which can eliminate the ability to walk, talk, or even regain consciousness. Approximately 5.3 million people in the US are affected in some way by a TBI. Treatment of these injuries as soon as possible after an accident is critical to prevent as much long-term damage or loss of brain function as possible.
Serious brain injuries are often accompanied by changes in behavior and personality. Since TBIs can result in injury to parts of the brain governing how a victim behaves and feels, these injuries can make the victim seem like a different person. Frequently, TBI victims are more prone to react with anger or frustration than before. They may experience problems with their short- or long-term memory, or may have trouble learning new facts. Some brain injury victims have trouble speaking or understanding others when they speak. A TBI can cause the victim to experience mood swings and to behave more aggressively than they had before the accident.
It will require a great deal of patience to care for someone newly injured by a TBI, but take hope that most victims will experience a substantial recovery after the initial injury. With proper rehabilitation and therapy, victims are often able to return to their natural personality and behavior, and will often regain abilities like muscle coordination that may have been lost or diminished due to the injury. In the meantime, keep your loved one’s limitations front of mind. Speak slowly and in short sentences if the victim has trouble understanding speech. Try to create an environment that is easy and comfortable for the victim to navigate during their recovery, and ensure that they receive a great deal of rest.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident in Alabama, seek help getting the money you need and deserve to treat these injuries and compensate your pain and suffering by contacting the compassionate and determined Mobile personal injury lawyer J. Allan Brown for a free consultation on your case, at 251-473-6691.