Things to Remember When a Loved One Suffers a Brain Injury

It’s easy to feel helpless when someone you love suffers a serious brain injury, particularly if they experience life-changing physical or mental impacts such as paralysis or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Any experienced brain injury lawyer can attest that these injuries can fundamentally transform a previously healthy and engaged individual. Working alongside the families and friends of brain injury survivors, our team has witnessed first-hand the challenges of life after a brain injury. And while our lawyers are able to channel their energies into pursuing compensation, family and friends must confront a more difficult – and more permanent – reality.

If a member of your family has been seriously injured, contact a Will Davidson LLP brain injury lawyer for help. In the meantime, please consider the following advice for caring for a loved one with a brain injury.

Maintain Contact

Brain injuries can profoundly impact a person’s personality by causing memory loss, increasing risk of overstimulation, and reducing awareness and understanding of social cues. These symptoms can make reintegration into society challenging. Your continued presence in the survivor’s life can play a crucial role in their future wellbeing.

If your injured friend or family member is homebound, visit them regularly. You may not know what to say, but your presence will be appreciated. If you live far away, maintain contact via phone calls, emails, text messages, or traditional mail. Postcards still have a way of brightening people’s days.

Stay Active

If your friend or family member is able to leave the house, encourage them to join you for a physically or intellectually stimulating activities. That doesn’t mean invite them to an action movie or a pick-up basketball game; try something calmer and more personal: a walk through their neighbourhood, a relaxing bike ride, a trip to the library.

Always be aware of the survivor’s limitations. It’s possible to challenge someone in a gradual, positive way without pushing them outside their comfort zone.

Injury Survivors are More Than Their Injuries

When someone you love suffers a life-changing brain injury, it can feel as though you have lost the person you know. Remember: injury victims are more than their injuries. Every brain injury survivor had a life before their injury and will continue to have a life after it. The sooner you are able to accept your loved one’s whole existence, injury and all, the sooner you will be able to provide meaningful support.

If you or a member of your family have suffered a brain injury in an accident, contact Will Davidson LLP to speak with an experienced brain injury lawyer today. Our team will provide advice, guidance and support as you embark on your legal journey.

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