Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are much like snowflakes or fingerprints in that no two are exactly the same. Although neurologists can make an educated guess regarding how a TBI might progress, there is no way to predict precisely how a brain injury will affect someone in the short or long term.
Despite the complexity of TBIs, there are at least a few generalities that apply to most cases. For example, the most dramatic improvements in a patient’s condition almost always occur during the first two years of recovery. Also, both the patient and his or her family can expect the recovery process to be physically, emotionally, and financially draining.
Fortunately, there are ways accident victims and their loved ones can relieve much of the burden of living with a TBI. We’ll discuss a few of those strategies in this blog.
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Here are a few tips for helping your loved one cope with a brain injury:
- Devise a Daily Schedule
People recovering from TBIs are more likely to thrive when they feel safe in their environment. You can foster a sense of security by establishing and then sticking to a daily routine.
It may also be helpful to put items that your loved one uses in the same place every day. Also, a calendar detailing all appointments, events, and outings can serve as a visual reminder that any changes in the daily routine will be predictable.
- Point out Progress
When your relative is feeling especially down, talk about how much his or her condition has improved since the date of the accident; however, avoid comparing current language, speech, or physical capabilities with how they were prior to the incident. Looking to the past will typically hurt more than help, but talking about the future can inspire hope.
- Respect Any Personality Changes
A traumatic brain injury can change someone’s demeanor, behavior, and overall personality. This tends to affect loved ones more than it does the victim, but you should avoid letting your relative know if any changes are bothering you. Seek support from other places, such as friends, family members, and counselors, while respecting your loved one’s new likes, dislikes, and other personality traits.
Discuss Your Case with a Brain Injury Lawyer in Missouri
If your loved one sustained a traumatic brain injury in some kind of preventable accident, turn to Gump & Faiella. We have recovered more than $250 million for our clients in successful settlements and verdicts.
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