Accidents may happen anywhere and anytime; an accident may occur on the road, at a concert show, driving to school, etc. Surely, getting into an accident is one of the toughest situations especially if it causes injuries that are overwhelming, long-term, or worse, causes permanent disability. People who go through this type of experience often become frustrated and difficult to handle especially at home.
If your family is in the middle of this situation, you might find this guide useful. This is a guide in how to cope with a family member who is suffering personal injuries.
Lucky if the injuries were minor or if major, a person is still lucky if the injury does not leave a permanent mark on him (i.e. permanent disability to walk). But what happens if the injury was so severe that it leaves the victim thinking they’re now inutile?
If this is the case you and your family find yourselves in, you’ll agree that it is, indeed, difficult to deal with frustrations, anxiety, and anger coming from the victim and from the family members, ourselves. However, you must understand how big of an impact the accident has had in victim’s life physically and psychologically. Hence, you must be able to understand where they are coming from. You must be able to adjust.
How to Help
- Support them.
One of the most important things to do when there is a family member who is suffering injuries is to support them in every way you can. Be encouraging; you can do this by showing support in physical therapy, psychological counseling, legal proceedings, etc. For instance, if they’re looking for a personal injury attorney around Huntington Beach, help them research. Or if they are checking into psychologists around the area, you must support that step as well.
At the end of the day, it’s very important for the personal injury victim to feel that he/she is surrounded by people who loves him/her.
- Show respect to them.
When one goes through an accident that leaves a great impact in their physical ability, chances are their ego is left hurt as well. At some point in time, someone who is suffering injuries may want to feel that they are in control again and they may express this by making their own decisions for themselves. If it comes to this point, learn to respect what they ask for. Give them what they demand, as long as it does not risk their safety.
For instance, if your family member asks you to leave them alone (i.e. give some space), do so. Do not force-feed them with help as this may only make them feel worse.
- Compliment them.
Make them feel even better by complimenting them especially if they show that they are taking control of the situation. If they succeed at small things which are deemed difficult for them to do, considering their situation, compliment them. However, don’t just shower non-stop compliments as this may also seem too fake.
- Work with them.
Don’t leave them out in the open; work with them. March apace with the speed of their race. Very importantly, you must work alongside them; not ahead or behind but beside.
- Think positively.
Attracting positive energy is very important especially during these situations; this is mainly because positive thinking eases pain. Even if the family member, himself/herself, is being negative, talk to them positively. Encourage them, compliment them, make them feel loved. Focus on the things that you all should be thankful for. Sooner or later, this positive vibe will radiate your entire home.