A car accident that results in head trauma may mean little more than a week-long headache, or it can drastically alter the course of your life. If your loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury, you may already know how different your world will be from the one you had planned. Suddenly, your primary focus is the health and improvement of your loved one.
The brain is a complex and delicate organ that controls the functions of the entire body. Doctors and scientists don't really understand how it works, so they have limited knowledge of how to repair it when damage occurs. The methods of recovery from traumatic brain injury are often experimental and frequently expensive.
What can you expect?
Undoubtedly, following your loved one's accident, the emergency medical team was concerned about head trauma and took precautions to protect the head from further injury. At the hospital, your loved one likely underwent a series of tests to determine the location and extent of the injuries. Already, the cost of care may have reached thousands of dollars. Eventually, your loved one may need additional and ongoing treatment, perhaps including any of the following:
- Extended hospitalization
- Intensive care
- Surgical procedures
- Physical therapy
- Cognitive rehabilitation
- Psychological counseling
- Occupational therapy
- Speech therapy
- Medical equipment, such as a wheelchair or walker
- In-home care
Even if your loved one's injury is less severe, you may have to devote your time and attention to his or her needs, which could result in loss of income and additional financial burdens for your family.
You are not alone
You will certainly have stress of your own to deal with, and you may have questions along the way about your alternatives for your loved one's care. Your doctor may direct you to various services where you can seek assistance with the day-to-day concerns that often arise when caring for a loved one with a traumatic brain injury. Additionally, you may wish to seek legal assistance about the possibility of pursuing compensation through the Texas civil courts for the accident that resulted in your loved one's injuries.
Your preference may not be to seek legal advice on the matter, but doing so may provide you with information about your options for obtaining the funds you need for your loved one's care. Long-term medical care can be cost-prohibitive, so exploring every opportunity may allow you to help your loved one secure treatment that will improve his or her quality of life.