A traumatic brain injury can follow nearly any type of accident such as a car accident, slip or fall, pedestrian accident, boat accident or workplace accident. Hitting the ground, getting pinned between objects and facing a falling or projectile object can all cause one to suffer a TBI.
As the Mayo Clinic describes, TBI symptoms are often behavioral or cognitive. As such, they are not easily detectable. You or another member of your household might be the first one to recognize these symptoms in your loved one.
Traumatic brain injury often lacks physical symptoms. As a result, the injury can go unnoticed and, in turn, untreated.
If your loved one is diagnosed with a TBI, you will likely take on the role of
caregiver. Until he or she makes a complete recovery, your job will be to make your loved one’s life as easy as possible, which will help to promote a timely recovery.
You should create a simple, structured daily routine once your loved one returns home from the hospital. Having a routine will make your loved one feel secure and reduce his or her confusion. You should also act as a liaison between your loved one and his or her friends and other family members.
People who care about your loved one will naturally want to know how he or she is doing. However, your loved one might not be ready for visits or phone calls yet. Plan low-stress visits as your loved one becomes ready for them.
It is also your job to help your loved one to understand the medical aspects of his or her recovery. You should go to doctor appointments with your loved one and speak with the doctor so that you understand all that is happening at each stage of his or her recovery.
These injuries cause more cases of child and adolescent disability and death in New York, New Jersey and throughout the country than any other factor.
Parents of children with TBIs should work with their children’s pediatricians to anticipate potential difficulties and work to overcome them. A child with a TBI will face difficulty as he or she transitions back to school due to the social expectations of the classroom environment and the impact of a brain injury on the child’s ability to do academic work. You should work with your child’s school to develop a post-injury independent education plan (IEP).
The impact of TBI on family members should never be underestimated. As you take care of a loved one with a TBI, remember to take care of yourself, too.
Make time to do things that make you feel good like working out or spending time with friends. Also, ask your loved one’s doctor if he or she can refer you to a support group for caregivers. Going to a support group meeting will allow you to engage with others who are caring for loved ones with TBIs and understand your experience.
Most importantly, know how to recognize symptoms of fatigue in yourself and ask for help when you need it.
If your loved one suffered a TBI because of another party’s negligence, he or she could be entitled to compensation through a personal injury claim.
Our team of personal injury lawyers at Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., can help you to learn more about pursuing compensation in New York and New Jersey and explain what you can expect during this process as a caregiver.