When someone is diagnosed with any form of brain injury, it is not only the person who has acquired the brain injury who feels the effects, but it can also have a profound impact on those around them.
Until you have spent some time with someone who has a brain injury, it is impossible to appreciate the difficulties they have and the effects these difficulties have on those around them.
Whilst the theme for Action for Brain Injury Week is memory, there are many other serious and long-lasting symptoms of a brain injury, including mobility problems, sensory impairment, fatigue, difficulties with speech, sexual functioning, hormonal imbalances and sometimes even epilepsy.
Brain injuries can also have cognitive effects such as reduced concentration, reduced patience, and emotional and behavioural effects such as changes in personality, mood swings, depression, anger and frustration. These non-visible symptoms can sometimes be the most difficult to deal with, for both the brain injury sufferer and those around them.
How can you help someone with a brain injury?
- Educate yourself about the type of brain injury your family member or friend has to understand how they are feeling and why they are acting in a certain way.
- Your friend or family member may now need help with day-to-day jobs or hobbies which they were previously able to do themselves.
- Understand, accept and adapt to their change in personality.
- Seek help from medical professionals and charities. Charities such as Headway Lincolnshire are there to provide support to sufferers of brain injuries and their families
We can help
If you or a family member have suffered a brain injury as a result of an accident or medical negligence, our experienced Team at Ringrose Law are here to help.
The Head of our Team, John Knight is also the father of a son with a brain injury and so understands first-hand the issues you may be going through. He is also a Trustee of Headway Lincolnshire.
Please contact us on 01522 561020 and one of our team will be more than happy to help.