Traumatic Brain Injuries: They Affect the Entire Family

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Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can be debilitating, and can affect a person for the rest of his or her life. Whether it is a concussion, strike to the head, or even a puncture event, a person could be permanently disabled because of his or her TBI. While we are all more than aware of how this impacts the victim, most of us do not think about the families. Unfortunately, TBIs impact everyone in the victim’s life – from the spouse to parents and children.

Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries are not just reserved for athletes or those who engage in high-risk recreational activities. They can happen in just about any situation, including:

How Victims and Their Families Are Affected

After a catastrophic accident, most of the focus is on the victim.  But, what most people do not realize is how much long-term care a person with a TBI needs. This care often falls on the victims’ loved ones, including children, spouses, parents, and other family. From rehabilitation to doctor appointments and even ongoing therapy, family members could lose countless hours of work and sacrifice their own time to care for their injured loved one.

For example, consider what would happen if the head of the household was involved in an accident that results in a TBI. The family most likely will be unprepared to handle the long-term injuries and if the other spouse was not working, they may find themselves without any income to support the rest of the household. If that TBI results in permanent injuries, that victim may never recover and may never work or even function as they once did.

Family members, especially those with their own responsibilities, will now pick up the slack for the injured family member. Their roles will change; often, responsibilities veer into the role of caregiver.

A serious TBI often requires around-the-clock care. This may be done by a professional in-home caregiver, as well as live-in family members. Also, specialized equipment may be required in the home, which means that family members will have to receive extensive training to operate that equipment.

Lastly, financial issues will impact the entire family. The victim who requires long-term medical care will quickly accumulate massive medical bills. If that member was contributing toward the income of the family, the family will suffer from the loss of income, in addition to the loss from the caregiving family member. Ultimately, this situation can put the entire family’s financial health in jeopardy.

Help Your Family with the Burden – Contact an Attorney Regarding Your TBI

If you or a loved one has suffered from a traumatic brain injury, do not shoulder the costs or medical care burden. Instead, hold those accountable for their actions and seek compensation through a personal injury action. The team at Brett McCandlis Brown, PLLC understands what you and your loved ones are going through. We are here to help you compensate the financial losses and deal with the emotional turmoil associated with your loved one’s injury. Schedule a consultation today by calling us at 800-925-1875, or request a consultation online now.