According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the CDC, approximately 1.7 million people suffer traumatic brain injuries in the United States every year. In addition, more than 5 million Americans are suffering from injuries so severe that they are currently living with either long-term or permanent disabilities that relate to head trauma. While awareness with regards to the issue of TBI has gone up precipitously in recent years along with the number of people who are seen in hospitals for this type of harm, there are aspects of this ongoing problem that are overlooked.
One of those aspects of traumatic brain injuries is properly caring for and supporting someone who has endured this injury. Clearly, some people are injured so badly that they need to either move into a facility of some sort or they need to have professional help come to their homes to provide a proper level of care. Paying for this level of care can be difficult for many people and it may require extreme sacrifices in order to provide it.
People who are in a position of caring for a loved one need help in fulfilling this noble and extremely difficult duty. The CDC has recognized this reality and it has published several different pamphlets and guides that provide insight and advice to people caring for traumatic brain injury survivors so that they can protect them from outside harm. One such guide helps family members recognize when their loved one may be enduring abuse in some form. Below are a few facts regarding why TBI survivors are more likely to be victimized in some way by others than those who have not suffered head trauma:
- Americans with disabilities are between 4 and 10 times more likely to be victimized than people without them.
- The two most common places for victimization are at hospitals and in the home.
- Victims usually know the person who harms them.
- TBI survivors can have trouble recognizing dangerous people.
- TBI survivors can have trouble controlling their tempers, leading to potentially violent situations.
- TBI survivors can suffer from behavioral problems that include alcohol abuse.
If you are providing care and/or support for someone who has lived through a traumatic brain injury, you obviously face a very difficult task. You not only need to manage their symptoms but you need to protect them from abuse, neglect and exploitation.
According to the CDC, if you suspect that a TBI survivor is being mistreated, you need to make sure that you are not judgmental towards them. You also need to make sure that he or she understands that you are there to support that person. You may need to strongly suggest that such a person seek immediate medical help and you may need to contact law enforcement if a crime is being or has been committed. In short, you need to be ready to deal with any number of unforeseen circumstances.
If you or someone you love has been injured in this manner by someone else, you should also contact the traumatic brain injury lawyers at the Scarlett Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation.