How A Traumatic Brain Injury Can Affect a Family
The unfortunate reality is that many people sustain a traumatic brain injury each year. In many instances, this is related to a car accident, a workplace injury, or another significant event. While some people pass away as a result of a traumatic brain injury, many others must live with a significant disability for years or for the rest of their lives.
The impact on the victim’s family can be distressing in multiple ways as well.
The Physical Impact
Because a traumatic brain injury often results in the victim having significant physical limitations, the need for additional care, house modifications, vehicle retrofitting and more may be needed, the family must make adjustments in each of these areas.
They often must take extra time throughout the day to care for the victim. Vehicle and house modifications may require adjustment or the family may not be able to use the vehicle and parts of the house as they have become accustomed to.
A Financial Burden
The financial impact of a traumatic brain injury can be difficult for the family to bear. The initial medical expenses may be enormous, and these may be followed by the need to modify the house or car. If the victim is able to return home, nursing support may be needed periodically throughout the day. Otherwise, the victim may need to move into a long-term care facility to receive the assistance needed.
Ongoing medical expenses may persist throughout the victim’s lifetime. In addition to these expenses, the victim may no longer be able to contribute financially to support the family’s lifestyle.
Emotional stress on the family can stem from many sources. Initially, the family may be stressed about the possibility of losing their family member. After it is clear that the loved one will survive, the stress of watching a loved one cope with the new circumstances and experiencing so much pain can be immense. The financial impact can also cause emotional stress if a lifestyle adjustment is necessary.
The victim and the victim’s family may be impacted in numerous ways, and some of these impacts can last a lifetime. A reputable and experienced brain injury attorney may represent your interests in a personal injury lawsuit after a significant brain injury. Your personal injury lawyer may seek financial compensation from the responsible party, and this compensation may reduce financial stress, ensure that the victim can afford the care that is needed and help the family to maintain its accustomed lifestyle.
If your loved ones have been impacted by a traumatic brain injury, contact the personal injury lawyers at Scarlett Law Group for a free initial consultation.