Caring For Someone With A Brain Injury
If someone you love has suffered a brain injury, it can be difficult to know where to turn to, to find the help and information you need to be able to care for them. It is important to have access to this information as early as possible as this will reduce the stress of an already traumatic situation.
The key thing to remember is that you don’t have to struggle on your own. It’s never too early to call on the wealth of experience of your local branch of Headway and a specialist brain injury lawyer. If a brain injury is the result of an accident that was not the fault of the victim there is the option to claim compensation. Compensation will ease the strain to cover living costs while the injured is unable to work. It can also cover adaptions to a home and ensure that the victim receives the best possible support, treatment and rehabilitation, asking a solicitor for advice and help as early as possible can take away unnecessary stress allowing you to concentrate on your loved one.
Immediately following an incident resulting in brain injury, there will be a lot of confusion and uncertainty. You will have questions, that due to the nature of brain injuries, doctors may not have answers to right away. It’s important to remember that stabilising and looking after your relative or loved one will be the doctors’ primary concern. You may feel helpless while they are in hospital, but there are things you can do to help. Organise visits from family and friends in such a way as to not overwhelm the patient, but lets them know they are supported and cared for. Under the help of supervision of nursing staff, you may be able to help with personal care and grooming. Don’t be afraid to ask staff what you can do to help and what organisations you can contact to ask for support.
Understanding Brain Injury
The brain is incredibly complex and controls everything we do, from the physical; breathing, standing, walking, to the non-physical, our personality, what makes us who we are. Because of this complexity, it can often be impossible to predict the level and period of recovery and difficulties that will be experienced. One of the most difficult things families may have to cope with after a brain injury, is the personality change and the feeling that they no longer know the person. There is no easy answer to coping with the changes, but the brain injury association Headway offers a range of booklets and factsheets containing strategies that can help.
When your loved one is medically stable, their health and social care needs should be assessed before they are discharged. Social services and hospital staff along with close family will meet and decide together what the care plan is going to be and discuss any funding required. This is an extremely important step in the process as it is vital the care pathway chosen is the right one. A specialist brain injury solicitor will have experience of attending these meetings and can act as an advocate for you. They can take the strain away from you having to deal with the various organisations and agencies involved in the care of your loved one. Your solicitor can work with Headway and their extensive network of links to local support.
You Are Not Alone
It’s important to remember that you do not have to cope with the situation alone. Getting a lawyer involved immediately after admission to hospital is naturally not the first thing on your mind. Whilst the earlier the better, you can ask for legal help and support at any stage. There are organisations like Headway, who with a network of groups and branches offer a wide range of services across the UK. These include rehabilitation programmes, carer support, social integration, community outreach and respite care.
Your lawyer can also help with practical matters such as helping you take responsibility and control of financial and welfare decisions for your loved one if their injury prevents them from making these decisions themselves. From being in hospital to coming home and coping with the changes that can be as a result of brain injury, there is help and support every step of the way to help move forward positively.
If you or someone you know is trying to cope with the distress of the after effects of a brain injury, they may find this booklet from Headway on caring for someone with a brain injury helpful. They also have a Life after Brain Injury Helpline 0808 800 2244.
Choosing the right solicitor to fight for compensation is crucial. Tollers specialist serious injury lawyers can help you through the claims process with professional, jargon-free advice. We handle these serious injuries cases with commitment, care and expertise, and have access to the best experts, care and rehabilitation providers available. We want to make the process of claiming for a brain injury as hassle free as possible for you. To make things easier, we can visit you in hospital or at home, and there’s no charge for our initial discussion. We will give you a no-obligation assessment of your claim, and whether you have a good chance of success. If we think you have a good case for compensation, we can help on a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis.
Tristan Holdom is a specialist Brain Injury Solicitor with Tollers and can visit you at home or at hospital. Tristan will support you and help secure treatment and rehabilitation and even arrange early interim payments.
Call 0333 414 9123 for free confidential advice.