Most injuries or illnesses only really impact the person who gets hurt or becomes ill. However, very severe conditions can produce life-altering consequences for both the victim and the people in their life.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) with moderate-to-severe symptoms are a perfect example of how an injury can have consequences that ripple out quite far from just the victim. The better you understand how a brain injury can impact not just the victim but the people they love, the better prepared you will be to advocate for your family after an accident leaves someone you love with a TBI.
A brain injury often means the end of someone’s career
Mild TBIs and concussions can make someone miss some work but will typically end in full recovery with the right medical care. Moderate to severe TBIs can have lasting consequences for the individual who got hurt.
The symptoms that someone develops as a result of a brain injury can vary drastically from one person to another. The kind of injury, its location and the unique neural wiring of the person with the TBI will all influence how drastic the impact of the injury is on someone’s life and family.
However, with moderate-to-severe TBIs, the potential symptoms could include memory issues, motor function or balance issues and changes in mood or personality, all of which may prevent someone from resuming their same line of work. That means that your family will miss out on a lifetime’s worth of income, employment benefits and accrued retirement savings.
Secondary expenses can have a dramatic impact on your family
In addition to the medical costs someone incurs via the treatment of brain injury and their lost wages, there are other expenses that a TBI creates for the family of a victim. The more severe their symptoms are, the more likely it is that they will need support as part of their daily life, ranging from supervision in the home to assist with feeding or grooming themselves.
That could mean that another member of your family must permanently leave the workforce in order to provide care for your injured loved one, as a family caregiver can increase the quality of life of your injured loved one. Beyond that, you must also consider the cost of making accommodations for your loved one, which could include mobility or accessibility changes to your home and vehicle, many of which can cost tens of thousands of dollars.
Understanding these expenses can make it easier for you to put a realistic price on the impact that a brain injury will have on your family in the long term, which can help you negotiate with insurance companies or take action to seek compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.