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The impact of a brain injury on loved ones

When a loved one, such as a child or spouse, suffers a brain injury, it is going to change his or her life forever. You should also remember this: The injury will impact your home life in a variety of ways. It will take some time to establish a new normal.

Even if you think you are prepared for everything, it can be difficult to know exactly what a brain injury will bring. It is your hope that your family member will be able to resume his or her previous life, to a certain degree, but this is not always the case.

Some of the most common problems experienced by people with a brain injury include the inability to remember the past, challenges with daily activities, and problems understanding what the future will bring. Furthermore, unwanted behavior, such as angry outbursts, could become a regular occurrence.

If you are caring for a loved one after a brain injury, it is important to fully understand what is going on. The person's medical team will be able to provide guidance and advice, including information on what to expect and how to deal with anything that comes your way.

Did your loved one suffer a brain injury due to the negligence of another party? This could include a situation in which a drunk driver caused a motor vehicle accident. In this case, you may be able to help your loved one file a lawsuit in an attempt to receive compensation.

If you have questions, our attorneys are available to help. We know how difficult it can be to care for a person with a brain injury.

Source: Brain Injury Association of America, "Family & Caregivers," accessed Jan. 05, 2016

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