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How does a brain injury impact a victim and their family?

On Behalf of | Feb 23, 2022 | Catastrophic Injuries |

Traumatic brain injuries often have devastating consequences for the victims, and they may also lead to significant troubles for that person’s family. While the injury itself is devastating in its own ways, it may also mean that the victim can no longer work to support their family or has a change in how they interact with their loved ones.

A family may struggle to make ends meet because of the sudden loss of a breadwinner or struggle with figuring out how to provide care to their loved one as they go through a difficult recovery. Sometimes, this kind of injury is so severe that there is a real breakdown in communication between spouses or parents and their children, so there is a frustrating, stressful situation involving multiple family members.

What to expect in the hospital

The hospital is the first place where you can see an impact from a brain injury on the individual as well as the family. A family may be initially overwhelmed by emotions. They may feel guilty or anxious about what’s happening. Children may become fearful or not understand why someone they love is unable to play or interact with them.

What to expect at home

After the person with an injury is able to go home, there may be some significant changes to get used to. Some people with brain injuries have significant changes in personality or their abilities, so they may need in-home health care or to go to physical therapy or other treatment sessions often. They may be anxious or depressed, and they may not want much help from those around them.

Family members may be unsure of how to handle their own personal responsibilities on top of providing care to someone they love with a brain injury. If their finances have been impacted, this may also cause a great source of strain.

All of these issues and others may affect victims of brain injuries and their family members. Making a personal injury claim is one way to help mitigate the impact of financial difficulties by seeking fair compensation. This could help people adapt more easily as they learn to live with new disabilities or with someone who has gone through significant health challenges.