None of us like to think about the worst case scenario, however as parents it’s crucial for us to make sure we know what to do if the unthinkable were to happen. Our family has had numerous issues with ill health and even operations so we know all to well that recovering from a serious injury can be extremely difficult both for the person that was involved and their family. It’s a time for loved ones to come together and support one another, however some may seek some advice on how to make sure our families can feel support following an unfortunate accident. Here are 5 things to remember…
Following a trauma, each family member will react in their own way. You may not understand exactly what another member is going through, however by being aware of common reactions such as feeling stressed, anxious, emotional and upset can help everyone cope better in the long run.
Ask About Help
There are organisations that can help you and your family so it’s important to ask about what you are entitled to – whether it’s benefits, carers or support workers. Hospitals will put you in touch with them, but if you’d rather look yourself, there is a lot of advice online for us this was one of the most traumatic things to deal with after the fact so if you have the opportunity to research before even better!
Communicate With The Children
Offer to listen to your child and help them, but don’t overwhelm them if they are not ready to talk. Don’t pressure your child to think or talk about what has happened beyond their willingness and readiness to do so. Children need answers to their questions that are age-appropriate and truthful, but it is not in their best interest to be flooded with more information than they ask for or need.
Family Support Groups
As previously mentioned, different people deal with things in their own way. The person involved in the serious injury, or one of their loved ones may find it helpful to seek help through a support group. There are hundreds of online support groups, and the NHS also have a directory of support groups that you can physically attend.
Speak To An Expert
Get in touch with a serious injury company, such as First4SeriousInjury. They know how important it is for an injured person and their family to have full support following a serious accident. They work with solicitors who will not only help with your compensation claim, they will also work to help you with the additional support you need to support your family and get things returning back to normal as possible.