When an individual suffers a traumatic brain injury, it turns their lives upside down. An All-American college football player with a promising future may not be able to play in the NFL after suffering a hard hit to the head. The blow to his head may be a career ending traumatic brain injury. A construction worker who falls from a roof while at work may suffer a permanent brain injury – preventing him from ever working again.
Traumatic brain injuries do not only impact the injured individuals, they also significantly impact the entire family. Every aspect of the family is affected, from the family’s financial situation to the family dynamics. We have seen this through our experience in helping individuals who suffered traumatic brain injuries in accidents through no fault of their own.
Consider a roofer who suffers a permanent brain injury after falling off a roof at work; his life and his family’s life are about to be turned upside down.
As a result of the fall, the young father suffers significant cognitive impairments. His short-term memory is severely affected. If he is going to get milk from the fridge, he may forget what he was going to get when he opens the refrigerator door. Because he often can’t remember what he has to do, he cannot return to work as a roofer. He has a wife and 2 young kids. He is no longer able to financially provide for his family. This forces his wife, who works part-time to find a full-time job. This puts a significant strain on the family’s financial situation.
In addition to the roofer’s cognitive impairments, his personality also seems to have changed. He is more emotional and easily irritated. When his young children are being loud, he gets irritated easily and yells at his children more often. His children do not understand the change in their father, who use to play with them all the time. As a result, the children are upset about the changes in their father and are afraid to be alone with him.
As one can see from this example, everyone is affected as a result of a loved one’s brain injury.
It is important for the injured individual and family members to get the support and help they need after a traumatic brain injury. There are many support groups out there for individuals with traumatic brain injuries and for their families.
The Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania is a place individuals with traumatic brain injuries and their families can go to get support. It not only offers programs to help improve the quality of life for people who have brain injuries, it also offers support groups for the families. It also has information about other support groups in the area.
If your loved one suffers from a traumatic brain injury, they may have legal rights. Call today to schedule a free consultation. 877.944.8396
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