How Catastrophic Injuries Impact Families

Thousands of people experience catastrophic injuries each year due to someone else’s negligence. Often, victims face exorbitant medical expenses, long-term rehabilitation costs, and loss of income due to their ability to work like before after an accident.

Still, the financial aspect of catastrophic injuries is just one part of the story. The human cost of such tragic incidents is often overseen. Injury victims suffer significant physical and emotional discomfort that can persist for months or even years. Sometimes such injuries can have a permanent effect on the victim.

It is difficult to imagine the physical pain and suffering that an injury victim undergoes on a daily basis. Persistent pain means trouble sleeping, mobility problems, and the inability to engage in pursuits that they once enjoyed.

The possibility of a massive upheaval in your life without an end in sight can seem almost impossible to cope with. But such intangible costs are quite real, and it is not possible to put a dollar amount on them.

The Human Cost of Catastrophic Injuries to the Victims’ Families

While the effect of a catastrophic injury is bad enough for the victim, the suffering does not end there. The victims’ families also experience deep emotional and economic pain due to a loved one’s injury. These types of injuries impact the children the hardest as they must deal with the reality of a parent with a medical condition that prevents them from working and putting food on the table.

Such injuries can also change the family dynamic by reversing roles. For instance, a parent who experiences a traumatic brain injury (TBI) might require continuous assistance to get through the day. In such cases, the spouse and kids are thrust into a caregiving role, which many people are not emotionally equipped to deal with.

Single parent households suffer even more devastating consequences. The children depend on one parent for everything, and when they suddenly get hurt, money is even tighter, and the duty to care for the incapacitated parent may fall entirely on the children.

The victim’s spouse will face the loss of companionship and difficulty in maintaining a meaningful physical relationship, which can lead to serious emotional turmoil.

Making Modifications in the Home for the Injury Victim

Until a person with a catastrophic injury may resume their regular routine at home, the full impact of the injury may not be obvious. When the realization of certain limitations gradually sets in, it can be unsettling for the victim, and behavioral issues might develop.

An increased insight is an indication of recovery, but the family will need to be more supportive and vigilant to ensure the comfort and safety of their loved ones during this period. For instance, a brain injury victim may have lost the ability to set-up and initiate activities.

A catastrophic injury victim can benefit from a carefully organized home, which can help reduce frustration by offering motivation and choices. Doing so is especially vital if the patient has suffered a brain injury.

If the patient experiences physical problems and mobility issues, home modifications can enable more efficient care. Many times, out of necessity, the family will need to implement a home-based behavioral plan. While this is challenging, it is not impossible to accomplish. The likelihood of a plan being successful is higher if you undertake the following:

  • Create a daily routine (with consistent times for various activities)
  • Ensure that all family members comprehend and reinforce the plan
  • Allow the brain injury patient some control and choices
  • Develop strategies to make up for deficits (for instance, day planners, calendars, medication dispensers, etc.)

Considerations for Spouses and Children of Catastrophic Injury Victims

There is an additional responsibility for the spouse and kids of catastrophic injury victims to care for people who may once have been heading the household. Now, the provider requires extensive support systems. Such situations may disturb family dynamic, with dire emotional consequences.

The uninjured partner may experience resentment as they must now, out of necessity, provide for the household while still undertaking all previous duties. These situations can test a relationship and create indignation between the children caring for a parent with a serious injury.

Families can seek professional guidance to resolve these problems and start the process of rebuilding the family structure. Seek support from others in similar predicaments through senior centers, support groups, day centers sponsored by civic and religious organizations, and professional counselors, among others. However, arranging the funds to provide services, likely for a lifetime, can be a daunting proposition.

Consult a Seasoned Catastrophic Injury Attorney Today

At Zach Peagler Law Firm, we will fight tirelessly on your behalf to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve for your catastrophic injuries. Our multi-faceted legal team has the resources, skills, and fortitude to secure a favorable outcome in your personal injury case. We aim to pursue maximum compensatory damages to reduce the financial burden on you and your loved ones. For a free case review, call today at (205) 871-9990.


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