What to Expect When Your Loved One Suffers a Traumatic Brain Injury From a Car Accident
It was a phone call you never expected to receive: your wife had been involved in a serious car crash. Although the person on the phone couldn’t tell you exactly what injuries she had, you could tell it was bad.
You left work and rushed to one of the area hospitals, such as Saint Alphonsus Health System or Treasure Valley Hospital, and found your wife asleep in a bed, with bandages covering her head.
“She suffered from a brain injury,” the doctor explained. “We aren’t sure of the extent yet, but it could be quite severe.”
Your wife is unconscious and as the minutes, hours, and days slip by, you wonder what the future holds for your wife, and you.
What to Expect From a TBI
Because every brain is unique, so are the effects of a traumatic brain injury (TBI). However, many patients who suffer from brain injuries often share the same needs and experiences, including:
- Lack of mental and physical energy. Although she may look the same from the outside, your wife is likely feeling lethargic, both in her body and her brain. She may require more rest than usual because she is tired, and responses and decision-making could take longer than usual, as her brain may need more time to think and process.
- Difficulty in social situations. If your wife resists going to parties or other social settings, she’s not being difficult; she’s probably overwhelmed. Listening to more than one person talk is often difficult, as is processing what they are saying.
- Changes in temperament and personality. TBI victims may not seem like themselves. Those who experience brain injuries often develop characteristics that are unlike what they express normally. For instance, your wife may show personality changes, may engage in repetitive activities to ensure things are done, may not want your help, and will require large amounts of patience as you and she adjust to this new phase in life.
We Can Help
Experiencing a brain injury because of someone’s negligence is not fair for either you or your wife. The attorneys of Morton Law Offices, Chartered want to help you seek justice and hold the driver accountable for what he did.
Contact us today to find out how we may be able to help.
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