A brain injury can dramatically change the course of your life, especially when it is a severe one. The upcoming months and years are going to be filled with trying to adapt to what you can and can't do. They might also be filled with doctors' appointments, therapy, and other similar events. Throughout all of this, you have to try to support yourself and your family.
One thing that many people might not think about when it comes to life after a brain injury is the emotional toll it takes on the victim and their loved ones. This is due, in part, to the major life upheaval that comes with this type of diagnosis.
Changes in Abilities
When a brain injury changes a person's abilities, it is perfectly normal to mourn the loss of them. The victim might feel bad that they can't do the things they once did. Their family members might not know how they can help the person to find new things to enjoy. They may also miss being able to do those activities.
Dependency on Others
It can be hard for an independent person to suddenly have to rely on others for help. This is a big source of depression and frustration for some people who suffer a brain injury. It might help to know that their loved ones don't mind helping. Showing that you are willing to do tasks for them, even ones as simple as grabbing groceries can be tremendous boosts for their morale.
Inability to Work
Sometimes, a huge reason for anger, irritation, and sadness are that they are unable to do the work that they once did. This imposes a financial burden on a situation that is already difficult. Trying to help them find suitable work, if possible, or locating programs that can help might be beneficial.
Along the same line, it might also help if the victim pursues compensation. This is done through the civil court system. For some, the effort to recover damages might be daunting, but it is imperative that they do this quickly. There are specific time limits in Florida. If they don't act quickly, there is a chance that they will be unable to reduce the financial burden that is being placed on them due to the accident.