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How does a brain injury from a car accident affect the family?

We have often discussed accidents that involve head injuries. We often focus on how the head injury affects the victim; however, the victim isn't the only person who is affected by the head injury. Other members of the victim's family might also be affected. Our readers in Florida might be interested in learning about how the injury can affect other members of the family.

What are the immediate affects the family will feel after a TBI?

If the TBI lands the victim in the hospital, the family will likely feel like they are on an emotional roller coaster. Every hour of each day can bring a new development. Dealing with medical professionals, the intensive care environment and the ups and downs of recovery can be difficult. Many families consist of multiple people, so there might be children to care for, a home to keep up and pets to care for. All of that can easily become overwhelming for the family member who is trying to care for the victim.

How does the injury affect other family members' health?

With their loved one in the hospital, family members might feel stress or other similar emotions. Lack of sleep might start to creep up. As hard as it is, family members will often have to decide to step away from their loved one while caring for themselves. While that decision might be easier in the later days of the hospital, it might be very difficult to make those choices.

How long do these effects last?

Healing after a brain injury is a long process. This means that the family upheaval will be lengthy. As the victim recovers, the dynamics of change will begin to shift. Once the person is home, for example, it might be easier to care for the home, children and pets.

The costs of healing from a TBI are considerable. The medical bills, therapy costs and lost wages can come together in a way that can devastate a family's budget. Seeking compensation after the accident might help to lessen the financial blow.

Source: Brain Injury Association of America, "Family & Caregivers" Jan. 07, 2015

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