If a loved one suffers a traumatic brain injury, it can seem impossible that you will ever know how to care for them. While you should follow the instructions of their doctor and any other medical professionals they are seeing, there are also a few tips that can help you properly care for them.
Much Depends on the Type of Injury
There are a few factors that will affect the type of care your loved one will need, especially the type of injury they have suffered. A concussion is an injury that results from a blow to the head and can result in issues with cognitive function. A coup-contrecoup is a type of brain issue that occurs with cerebral contusions and results in bruising to the brain.
When the brain injury is the result of blood pooling between the brain and the skull, it is known as a hematoma, while hemorrhage is the name for blood that has been released from a broken blood vessel. Skull factures occur when the victim breaks their skull, while a tearing of the brain’s connective nerve fibers is known as diffuse axonal.
All Types of Brain Injuries Commonly Share These Symptoms
While the best way to treat the brain injury may depend on the specifics of the injury, there are a few symptoms that are common to this type of injury. For example, you may find that your loved one now has mood swings. This can be difficult to deal with but it is best to try and be patient. It is not personal – they simply need care and are trying to adjust to the new normal, just like you are.
Providing a Routine is Important
Regardless of the type of injury, most people who have suffered brain injuries do better if they have a routine. This can include giving them breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the same time every day, giving them regular trips to the bathroom, and ensuring that all medical appointments are either in the morning or all in the afternoon.
The Right Help is Necessary – And We May Be Able to Help You Get the Right Help
As the loved one of a person who has suffered this type of injury, your “job” is to help them recover emotionally. It is up to medical professionals to help them get better physically. If you cannot afford in-home medical care, make sure you talk to a personal injury attorney. If the injury was the result of an accident that was the fault of another party, then you may be able to recover compensation for your damages.
This could pay for past medical bills, pain and suffering, lost work, and future medical needs. Contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 now if you would like to request a free legal consultation.