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Brain injury – family impact

A traumatic brain injury is not only devastating to an individual but also to their family and close friends; particularly when they are required to provide near full time care.

In addition to the commitment and sacrifice required in a new role as carer, there is the direct trauma of the incident and the shock of such a dramatic change in somebody they know so well. There may even be a feeling of guilt or responsibility, particularly when the injured individual is very young.

At Moore Blatch Solicitors we have worked with many close families who have been affected by a traumatic brain injury, providing legal advice and representation but also helping families to access the best physical and emotional support, along with the necessary rehabilitation services.

Here, we aim to provide fast and simple advice for the friends and family members of a brain injured person, to help them to deal with the stress of their predicament and to help them ensure that their injured loved one enjoys the best possible quality of life.

How do I cope with the stress of a traumatic brain injury to a loved one?

Stress is something that the majority of us must deal with from one time to another, but when stress occurs over a prolonged period of time it can have very real side effects to mind and body.

It has been related to heart disease, strokes and even cancer.

Perhaps just as importantly, if you are constantly under stress, you are not going to be able to provide the support your loved one needs.

There are some simple ways to deal with stress:

  • Learn to relax – practice relaxation techniques like breathing deeply, repeating a positive word or phrase, or visualising a positive image. Relaxation requires practice, so persevere.

  • Get some exercise – All it takes is a 20-30 minute walk every day, but getting exercise can have a proven effect on your health and wellbeing.

  • Take time for yourself – It doesn’t matter what you do, or what you’re passionate about, but take some time for yourself, maintain a schedule to ensure it happens. It is important to reward yourself and have milestones to look forward to. It might be a cup of tea or a favourite TV show. Make the time and then use it for what is important to you.

  • Ask for help – With the right support and advice, even the most stressful situation is made all the more manageable. Be assertive and ask for the help and support you need.

  • Learn to laugh – A sense of humour can have a remarkable uplifting effect, so smile and laugh as much as possible.

How can I help a loved one who is living with a brain injury?

While Moore Blatch brain injury compensation solicitors specialise in providing legal support and winning compensation, we also aim to connect our clients with the best support and treatment services.

One of the biggest support structures involves educating families to carry out their responsibilities in the most successful way possible. Family members are advised to attend therapy and learn as much as they can about helping the injured person in the right way.

Below, we have refined some of the advice that our clients have been given over the years:

  • Give the injured party a structure – make daily life as normal as possible

    • A routine will make the person feel secure

    • Keep a visible calendar of activities and cross off days

    • Placing objects they need within reach will boost esteem

    • Encourage regular rest and relaxation

    • Be natural and help the person maintain their former role or family status

    • Include them in conversations and group activities

    • Keep photo albums, labelled with family members, friends and favourite places

  • Be respectful of the person

    • Don’t provide false optimism as this can lead to disappointment. Be reasonable

    • Focus on gains made since the injury. Don’t focus on how they were previously

    • Don’t talk down to the individual. Treat them like an adult

    • Don’t punish the individual for accidents or mistakes. Be patient

    • Explain activities as simply as possible, demonstrate them and review each step

    • Remember a person’s likes and dislikes and respect them

  • Avoid agitation or over-stimulation

    • Avoid stimulating more than one sense at a time

    • Avoid crowded places such as malls or sports stadia

    • Restrict the number of house visitors at any one time

    • Organise conversations so that one person speaks at a time

    • Speak in short, simple sentences

    • Speak softly and calmly

    • Give one direction or explain one thought at a time and give extra time for them to respond

What should I do in the event of a brain injury that wasn’t my fault?

If you, or somebody you know, has suffered a traumatic brain injury in an accident which wasn’t your fault, call Moore Blatch Solicitors today for the legal advice and practical support you need.

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