If you are the parent, spouse or child of someone who has recently suffered a traumatic brain injury, you are probably looking for answers to your many questions. No matter how long the list of questions and uncertainties you may have, most of them probably boil down to this: What can I expect for my loved one’s future?
This question is almost impossible to answer since the human brain is complex and unique to each person. So much depends on the location and severity of the injury, the general health of your loved one before the accident and countless other factors. However, medical science recognizes that there are some common consequences of a traumatic injury to the brain, and it may help you to know about them.
The consequences of a brain injury
Since the brain controls every other part of the body, it is difficult to pin down exactly how an accident victim may experience deficits or impairments. Your brain tells you when and how to move. It retains, sorts, recalls and purges memories. It allows you to communicate and to understand what others are communicating with you. The brain also controls involuntary actions like breathing, balance and emotions.
These are only a few of the areas that a brain injury may affect. In many cases, even a moderate brain injury can be life-changing, preventing the victim from continuing to work, performing routine tasks or carrying on meaningful relationships. Your loved one may also experience chronic pain, seizures and other distress. This may be difficult to hear, but your loved one’s doctor can give you a clearer picture of how your family member’s injury may affect him or her.
Getting the help you need
One element you may have to face is that your loved one may need ongoing care. This may include medication, therapy, rehabilitation or even special equipment that allows him or her to cope as normally as possible. In fact, you may also need professional help for dealing with the shock and changes occurring in your life since the accident. If this sounds expensive, you are right. Your insurance may not cover what you need and deserve.
You may consider seeking information about how your loved one can potentially obtain compensation for the injuries that devastated your family, particularly if the accident resulted from someone else’s negligence. A skilled and compassionate attorney can evaluate your loved one’s situation and provide information and answers about the options available for pursuing justice through the Texas civil courts.