Friday, October 23, 2015

The Practical Guide to Helping a Loved One Following an Accident

Seeing someone you love injured or in pain is a heartbreaking experience. While they are forced to cope with the realities of their new situation, they need you to remain strong.

The impact of the accident will have ramifications for you too, of course. However, in the immediate aftermath practical steps need to be put in place.

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Attend Appointments

Try to accompany your loved one to as many medical appointments as possible. It’s a scary time for you both and they will appreciate your support. If you aren’t able to attend, arrange for a friend or neighbour to accompany them in your place. Ask questions of the medics and seek explanations for things you don’t understand. While your loved one is in shock, it’s up to you to take charge. You may have to assist with drug administrations or other medical procedures at home. Understand what is expected so mistakes aren’t inadvertently made.

Offer Support

It’s important to offer your loved one as much support as you can. However, when you are so close to them, your support may not be enough. Encourage them to see a counsellor or speak to others in the same situation. It’s important that they have the right support. But you must also seek support for yourself too. Find someone you trust to express your emotions as you cope with this life-changing situation.

Seek Legal Advice

The circumstances surrounding the accident may qualify you for compensation. If the accident was caused by negligence by a third party, seek the advice of legal professional. Find a law firm who specialises in personal injury claims. Companies such as Zaner Harden Lawyers, and many besides, help clients build a strong case for compensation. Winning a compensation case could help you rebuild your lives after the accident. It could also offer you much-needed financial support if employment is no longer viable.

Adapt Your Home

The extent of the accident may necessitate a wheelchair, crutches or other mobility aids. Conduct a risk assessment of your home to see how safe it is. Look at it anew as a physically challenged person would and seek out any potential hazards. Introduce ramps in place of steps where possible. Adjust the height of shelving units and cupboards so they are reachable. Clear floor areas of extraneous objects. Tidy away trailing wires and cables and affix loose carpets or rugs. Introduce handrails in bathrooms and cloakrooms. The extent of the accident may require a new bathroom being fitted entirely. Replace a bath with a shower and widen doorways if necessary. Install a chair lift for the stairs to make the upper storey easily accessible.

Become a Carer

Decide if it’s viable to become a full, or part-time carer. Your financial situation may make this untenable if you are now the sole wage earner. Consider seeking support from a healthcare provider to arrange help when you aren’t there. Friends and family may be willing to step in too.
Don’t struggle alone.

There is lots of support available to help accident victims and their loved ones.