When a traumatic brain injury affects a family, often finding resources for legal recourse is at the top of the to-do list. However, next on that list could be the beginning of a very long road to recovery and a lifetime of managing symptoms. After the legal team is gone and the health insurance stops, families can still find the help and support they need through the professional relationships developed in the hospital and a vibrant network in the community.
After stabilization, mild to intensive rehabilitation efforts are often vital to helping the patient relearn to walk, talk and rebuild thinking processes. A patient’s doctors and nurses typically have a direct line to in-house physical and cognitive therapists, as well as specialists outside of the local area.
Many victim’s families are also turning to the internet to research alternative therapies such as acupuncture, hyperbaric oxygen or meditation to supplement traditional methods. The increase in the popularity of alternative treatment can also mean that these techniques may start seeing sub-specialties that focus on TBI patients.
Healthcare is expensive, and if victims are lucky enough to have coverage, they may find the well start to run dry after the first stages of recovery. Victims who are not receiving insurance benefits might turn to government or employer-sponsored programs like Medicare, social security or employer disability, or workers’ compensation.
Staying afloat after a TBI is often more than just medical bills and COBRA payments; job loss, decrease in a caregiver’s income and lifestyle modifications can all contribute to an ever-increasing financial burden. Many online blogs and local communities dedicate efforts to pooling resources, assistance and methods on how to manage finances on a reduced income.
Caregiver & Victim Support Community
The same local communities are also an excellent place for caregivers to get the educational and emotional support they need. Support groups can be a place for caregivers to share experiences, solutions and frustrations with peers, as well as gain knowledge from visiting speakers.
There is also an extensive TBI community for the victims as well, who may find new difficulty in social situations as they start to miss social cues and lose impulse control. TBI groups and clubs allow victims to interact with people who genuinely understand what they’re going through, and help develop a pattern of social validation as they help each other cope with their symptoms.
Dealing with a traumatic brain injury can be a lifelong struggle, both for the victim and the family. Yet, there are many people on this same path, and if you only reach out to a brain injury lawyer in Orlando, FL, you can find the support and the resources that may dramatically increase the quality of life after a TBI.
Thanks to Needle & Ellenberg, P.A. for their insight into personal injury claims and traumatic brain injury.