In the blink of an eye, your entire life can change. When someone you love sustains a serious brain injury, your life may never be the same. From the moment they are injured you may be thrown into the role of being the primary caregiver and breadwinner all at the same time. This can make life even more difficult for families who are already struggling to make ends meet.
Brain injuries affect nearly 1.4 million Americans every single year. About 47% of these injuries occur to individuals who are single and 37% were living with their parents at the time of the injury, making their parents the primary caregivers for their suddenly severely injured children. The degree of severity depends largely on the amount of trauma the brain sustained and the specific location of the injury itself. Brain injury victims may need constant around-the-clock care to perform their basic daily needs or they may need simple lifestyle modifications to remain mostly independent.
An Attorney Can Help Caregivers Too
If you are a caregiver for a loved one with a brain injury, you may have many questions running through your mind:
- How can I care for my loved one and work full time?
- Will I need to quit my job?
- How will we have enough money to pay for medical bills or mortgages?
- What will our lives look like now?
During this stressful time, it is important to speak to an experienced Daytona Beach brain injury lawyer immediately. Your lawyer can review the details of your case, investigate the accident closely, speak to medical experts, and help you obtain the money you need to care for your loved one during this time. Your lawyer can help you negotiate a larger settlement with the insurance company to ensure that you have the money you need to pay for medical bills, lost wages, loss of future earnings, and more.
Easing the Burden as a Caregiver
Becoming a caregiver for a loved one with a traumatic brain injury can be life-changing. While your loved one’s health and well-being is important, it is also important to find time for yourself in order to cope with the tremendous stress and burdens of being a full-time caregiver. Find a caregiver support group in your area to help you manage your feelings and the pressure that you are under. You can start by looking through these amazing resources:
- Check out BrainLine: a national and state-by-state and list of resources available for those dealing with a loved one with a traumatic brain injury
- The Brain Injury Association of America has a network of more than 40 chartered state affiliates as well as hundreds of local chapters.
- Your loved one may be entitled to SSDI and/or SSI, depending on the severity of the disability. Contact the Social Security Administration to learn more about your benefits.
- the National Council on Independent Living is an organization that could help your loved one gain the skills they need to live independently with a brain injury.
Has Someone You Love Sustained a Brain Injury?
If someone you love has sustained a brain injury in an accident, you may be left picking up the pieces. At Zimmet & Zimmet, our experienced Daytona Beach brain injury lawyers can help caregivers through this difficult time. Our extensive experience and knowledge of Florida injury law helps us to build a better case for our clients. Contact us today for a free initial consultation and review of your case. Call 386-255-6400 or fill out our confidential contact form and someone will call you back!