Supporting Someone with TBI

When a person experiences a traumatic brain injury (TBI), their lives and the lives of their family and friends are radically affected. In cases of mild brain injury, life is disrupted for a period; but, in many cases, life changes forever for patients and the people who love them. Patients have a long road to recovery and adjusting to the functional, cognitive, and emotional changes that may result from their brain injury. Families and loved ones also need significant resources to enable their support and adaptation to these drastic life changes. As if the life changes weren't enough, the costs of supporting someone with TBI can be exorbitant. Fortunately, there is a way for you to obtain compensation for these expenses and we can help.

Learning More About the TBI and Its Effects

Traumatic brain injury can have myriad short term and long-term effects, not only on physical health, but also on functioning, emotions, social interaction, cognition, and more. As someone supporting a person with TBI, it is important to learn as much as you can about this type of injury, as well as the specific effects on your loved one by talking to them and their medical team.

Many of the effects of TBI can last for weeks, months, or years and may even be permanent. The most important thing to remember during this time is to be patient, supportive, and flexible. While many people who have TBI do not need any assistance, others will rely on family and friends for considerable assistance and support. Take time to understand the unique needs of your loved one.

Here are some ways you may need to support a loved one with TBI:

  • Many patients with TBI have trouble organizing their thoughts, concentrating, and remembering things. Environments with many distractions and noises may compound this problem. You can support someone by providing a more private and calm environment, helping them to focus on short-term goals and by being patient and understanding.
  • Many patients with TBI have difficulty processing their emotions. They may experience mood swings, have difficulty conveying their feelings or understanding the emotions of others, and generally have trouble communicating. This can certainly put a strain on relationships and even impede the healing process. It is important to understand the emotional effects of TBI.
  • Patient's physical functioning can be significantly altered following a brain injury. While some people may have minor impairments, others will need extensive and long-term therapy, daily skilled care, and more.

The Medical Costs of Supporting Someone with TBI

The costs of medical treatment following a serious traumatic brain injury can be astronomical. Specialized medical equipment, full time nursing care, physical therapy, psychotherapy, medications, and complicated and ongoing medical procedures may all be necessary to treat and support someone with TBI. While health insurance may be available to help with these costs, it is often not enough to cover the required care.

If your loved one suffered brain injury due to an accident, obtaining compensation from the responsible party can help you cover the costs of supporting your loved one. Our traumatic brain injury lawyers can assess your case to determine the best way to help you recover the costs of your medical expenses and much more. Please contact us today to learn more about your legal rights and options.