One of the stages of recovery following traumatic brain injuries (TBI) is a period of disorientation and confusion. Disturbing not only for the injured individual, but also for the family witnessing this phase, this part of the recovery period typically involves highly uncharacteristic and inconsistent behaviour.
Recovering from head injuries by car accidents, falls from height and similar serious accidents can involve the patient becoming physically aggressive and/or totally overreacting to even the slightest stimulation. Disrupted sleeping patterns; an inability to pay attention or learn; nervousness, restlessness, agitation and frustration may all be experienced during this period.
Injuries by car accidents
The first thing to remember is that TBI after-effects are perfectly normal and will usually subside after some time. The health care team looking after the person injured by vehicle accident or whatever other accident may have been the cause of the head injury will do anything they can to help, including answering any questions the patient or family members may have. Keeping informed of what is going on, the progress the patient is making, etc is, in fact, highly important for both patient and family.
Friends and family
Family members and friends can also assist in the patient’s recovery after an accident on the road leading to brain injuries. This help predominantly consists of creating a quiet, calm environment for the patient and may involve limiting how many people are in the patient’s room at any given time; dimming lights; turning off the TV, and so on. What the patient needs more than anything else at this time is patience and understanding, rather than excessive stimulation. In essence, stimulation should be provided a little at a time.
Recovering from TBI can, depending on the extent of the injury, take years. For some families, this could mean substantial loss of income for prolonged periods of time. This could add immense financial worries to an already traumatic period. Fortunately, there is a little light on the horizon, at least where the family’s financial status is concerned. If the injury was the result of a traffic accident caused by someone else, there is a good chance that the victim is entitled to personal injury compensation.
Driver and passenger injury compensation
In cases where the injured person is not able to claim for compensation, family members may claim on their behalf. Call Accident Advice Helpline’s advisors today to find out how to make a no win no fee* claim.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice