A Guide in Helping With Personal Injury in the Family

how to cope with injury

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.

Personal Injury

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.

supporting personal injury victim

  • 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.


On Music Gigs and Shows: Preparing for a Band Performance

playing for a concert gig

Contrary to the idea that doing live music gigs and shows are easy as pie, it’s actually not. There’s a lot of things you have to do to make sure you won’t embarrass yourself in front of your audience. Unfortunately many musical performers, bands or singers, do not really know how to prepare for their show. This especially applies to those who are quite new in the industry.

For many of them, they opt to go for spontaneity. They skip practice because, again, they want to be spontaneous. True, there are some performers who can get away with this; but there also those whose zero-preparation quality shows clearly during the day of the gig.

As much as possible, we aim to entertain the audience and not just leave them waiting in dead air while we take an hour fixing our instruments, microphones, etc. on stage. That said, preparation is essential. Here are some of the effective preparations you should do before your performance.

Preparing for a Show

  • Make a list of what you need.

Before the actual day of your show or concert, make a list of everything you need to secure. Remember, you aim to proceed with your performance as smoothly as possible. You can never go wrong with a checklist.

Having a list means being able to secure and use the correct wires, necessary instruments and other important show equipment. Instead of getting everything you need all mixed up, you’ll simply be able to check your list and see if you have each one of them.

  • Do a sound check.

Especially if you are new to the place, please make sure your band does a sound check. Even installing your own home theater requires sound check and that’s just in a venue which is a home to you. Although many bands skip this process, it’s actually very important. Although these bands still get away with it, there will come a time when they will wish they did otherwise. What makes this step important is the fact that this process is what will allow you to do the necessary adjustments before the actual show. That means, on the day of your gig, you are more confident since you, yourself, know that your equipment are working perfectly.

sound check in venue

  • Do practice.

Although practice does not really guarantee perfection, it’s still a big help. Practicing will help your skills become automatic, in a sense. Practicing also prepares your mind and body for what’s about to take over. Never skip practice if you aim to improve. During practice, you’ll be able to determine your strengths and weaknesses.

  • Prepare backup.

Whether for your amplifiers or your guitars or your band mates, it is necessary to have a backup. The fact is that you never really know what might happen on the day of your show. Your guitar strings might give out, or perhaps, your drummer has stomach problems. Accidents, health issues, and other external factors are inevitable; hence, it’s better to be prepared.

Bottom Line

In some situations, being spontaneous is not a problem. In fact, spontaneity may even be upheld. However, when it comes to performing in front of a live audience, spontaneity might just lead you to a disaster. Almost always, it is much better to be prepared. As the saying goes, it’s better to be safe than sorry.