Understanding the Challenges of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury
Although a lot of traumatic brain injury (TBI) victims do eventually recover, there are those that suffer lifelong complications. In these situations, families of victims may face some major challenges. Learn more about these challenges, and what compensation may be owed, with help from the following information.
Medical Treatment and Expenses
When victims suffer long-term complications from a traumatic brain injury, they often need extensive medical care. Physical therapy, medications, psychiatric counseling, and regular doctor’s appointments may all be required – often for the rest of the victim’s life. Over time, the cost can add up. To make matters worse, family members are often responsible for ensuring the victim makes it to their appointments. As such, they may lose time at work that is needed to pay for appointments and help support the victim.
Meeting the Victim’s Daily Care Needs
On top of making sure the victim makes their health appointments, family members are often left to meet the TBI sufferer’s daily care needs. This can include preparing meals, self-care, careful monitoring to prevent wandering, and giving the victim social time (i.e. attending church, visiting friends, or going on outings). Such activities take time and preparation and may cause a great deal of stress. Because of this, families may need their own form of support.
Support for Families
Families who are caring for a TBI victim often need assistance working through the challenges. Sometimes, the support is needed to deal with grief over losing the person you love, who may be very different after the injury. Other times, it is just needing somewhere to lean when the daily responsibilities become overwhelming. Whatever your needs, it is important to seek help from the right places and right people.
The assistance you want and need can come from therapy or counseling, support groups, and outside family members and friends. It can also come from advocates, such as attorneys, who can help pursue compensation that may be owed for the losses your family has experienced. Of course, the form of support may vary from one family to the next. Talk to people within your community, health advocates, and attorneys to learn more about the services that may be available to or needed for you and your family.
Contact Our Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers
At Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd., we understand the unique challenges that TBI victims and their families face. Dedicated and experienced, we strive for the most favorable outcome possible in every case. We can protect your rights, advocate for your needs, and pursue the compensation you deserve. Schedule your free consultation with our Green Bay personal injury attorneys to learn more. Call 920-739-7366 today.