According to the National Institute of Health, motor vehicle accidents and falls are some of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries. Regardless of the cause, this kind of injury can have a devastating impact on a loved one’s life.
It is common to feel helpless when you see a loved one struggling. After an accident, you may wonder what you can do to support them in this difficult time.
4 steps to help someone after a spinal cord injury
Depending on the severity of the injury, a spinal cord injury could change your loved one’s life. This often leaves them dealing not only with severe physical symptoms, but emotional ones too. It can help to:
- Understand the effects: Injuries affecting the spinal cord are some of the most serious. Much like head injuries, spinal cord injuries can affect the whole body, from your range of motion and control of your limbs to your bladder control and mental health. This can be incredibly difficult for your loved one to handle, especially right after the accident.
- Provide support: Researching and understanding these effects can help you help your loved one. You may not be able to understand precisely what they are going through, but you can assist them – both in their daily life and in terms of emotional support.
- Look into legal options: Some people are hesitant to seek personal injury compensation after an accident. It is true that compensation cannot replace all of the losses one suffered, or change the outcome of the accident. However, it can make a difference to help reduce stress by covering medical costs and providing financial support. Your loved one may be dealing with a lot after an accident, so it can help if you look into their rights and options under California law on their behalf.
- Be steadfast: This time is not easy for anyone – especially your loved one. They may lash out, while internally struggling with their mental health and worries. Make it clear you are there for them, no matter what.
Everyone’s needs are different. However, considering these four steps can help you support your loved one through this time after an accident.