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Dealing with the aftermath of a brain injury

When someone suffers a brain injury in a car crash or another accident, it's not just the patient who suffers. Instead, the whole family is impacted.

Family members often become caregivers. The Brain Injury Association of America points out that such caregivers must not only take care of the victim, but they must also deal with a significant amount of personal stress, anger, anxiety and depression. And as if that isn't enough, the family often faces a very heavy financial burden.

How Will You Pay All The Bills?

If you are caring for a spouse, child or other loved one with a brain injury, one the most important questions you need to answer is how you will pay the bills. Not only have you lost the money your loved one was contributing to the household, but you may have to quit your own job to care for your family member.

Brain injury victims often have difficulty functioning and making sense of their new reality. Unfortunately, everyday life doesn't stop while you are trying to help them through this difficult time and find your own balance.

While you are caring for him or her, you still have to find a way to pay for the medical bills, the prescription medications, the physical therapy appointments, the week's groceries, your child's sports equipment, the mortgage, the car repairs and any number of other bills.

Here's The Good News: Financial Help May Be Available

Although no amount of money can ever make up for losing the person you once knew, it can help ease the financial stress you're experiencing. Monetary compensation can make it possible to stop worrying about the mountain of bills and focus wholeheartedly on your loved one's recovery again.

If your family member's injury was caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of someone else, you may have a personal injury claim. You may be able to pursue compensation for the medical expenses, lost income and other financial hardships your family has endured. In fact, you may even be able to get compensation for the companionship you've lost.

No, An Attorney Won't Make Your Financial Burden Heavier

It doesn't hurt to consult a personal injury attorney and learn whether you may have a case. You may be worried about how to pay for legal help, but nearly all lawyers take these types of cases on a contingency fee basis.

This means you typically don't have to pay a penny up front. Instead, the lawyer receives a percentage of the final verdict or settlement. If he or she isn't successful on your behalf, he or she doesn't get paid at all.

Don't hesitate to reach out and get the help you need. It may be the best thing you can do for yourself and your family during this difficult time.

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