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How Do Catastrophic Injuries Impact Families?

A catastrophically injured individual will face immense physical, emotional, and financial hurdles in the months and years following the injury. Beyond the difficulties that the injured person will endure, however, family members such as spouses, children, and parents are also impacted by such a life-changing event.

The Effects of Catastrophic Injuries on the Injured Person

Catastrophic injuries can take many forms—from paralysis to traumatic brain injury (TBI) to amputation—but one thing remains consistent among all catastrophically injured individuals: their lives will never be the same again.

Depending on the nature and severity of their injury, they may require lifelong medical care and/or therapy; they may not be able to return to work or even perform basic tasks without assistance; they may lose independence and be unable to care for themselves. The impact of these changes cannot be understated.

The Effects of Catastrophic Injuries on Family Members

It is not only the injured individual who is affected by such an event. Family members must often face additional pressures that can put a significant strain on a family’s resources, both financially and emotionally.

Taking Over Caregiving Duties

Spouses, parents, and other family members may be called upon to provide around-the-clock care for the injured individual. This can mean helping with activities such as bathing, cooking, or administering medication.

Assuming Financial Responsibilities

Family members may be called upon to assume additional financial responsibilities, such as paying medical bills or caring for other family members, while the injured individual cannot work or provide income.

Providing Emotional Support

Family members also often become the primary source of emotional support for the injured person. This can be an incredibly difficult role, as they must provide comfort and understanding while struggling with their own shock, grief, and anxiety over the situation.

Seeking Help From the Catastrophic Injury Attorneys in San Francisco

It is clear that catastrophic injuries affect not only the individual who has suffered them but their families too. If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of another, it is important to seek legal counsel in order to ensure that you receive the financial and emotional support that you need. Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn is here to provide you with the legal representation you need to obtain the compensation and justice you deserve.

Call us today at (415) 940-7176 for a free initial consultation.