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Ways you can help a family member suffering from a TBI

A traumatic brain injury may cause any number of changes for your loved one that do not disappear after he or she leaves the hospital. Most people in this condition require care and support, and if you plan to provide these at any level, there are things you can do that may make a significant improvement in quality of life, or at least minimize some of the emotional and mental effects of the brain damage. We at the law office of Bendall & Mednick have provided advice to many families dealing with TBIs after an accident.

The Brain Injury Association of America warns that loss of memory and the ability to remember new things can cause anxiety and depression. They can also make it difficult or impossible to function normally because of an inability to make plans and carry them out. You may be able to ease these impacts by making life predictable and obvious. A schedule with activities that are within your loved one’s capabilities and organization of the home with easy-to-understand labels may help in these situations. Also, integrating structure into the injured person’s life may boost self-confidence and independence.

Often, people with brain injuries suffer from new symptoms, and health problems such as seizures may develop over time. In order to be alert to these and know when to seek medical attention, you should be active in any discussion with doctors, physical and occupational therapists, and other health care providers. More information about head traumas and other causes of brain damage is available on our web page.

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