It can make you feel powerless, but there are things you can do to help! Here are the best ways to support a family member after an accident.
Taking precautions against accidents is part of daily life. Looking both ways when you cross the street, emerging from junctions and walking more carefully when there is snow and ice around are just a few examples. We all take hundreds of tiny precautions to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe every day. Unfortunately, even the best precautions are sometimes not enough.
The latest CDC figures estimate that in the United States alone, there are 24.8 million visits to a doctor’s office and 97.9 million visits to the emergency room every year because of unintentional injuries. With so many people affected, it is natural to wonder how to support a family member or loved one if they become a victim of a traumatic accident. Some of us may already be supporting a family member in this position.
The first step to supporting a family member after a traumatic injury or accident is to get in touch. It can be extremely important for a person who has experienced a severe shock to hear the voice of a loved one and know that they have a support system in place. In the immediate aftermath, it might be important to visit them in the hospital or go to see them at home.
Even just being a comforting presence can help, although the victim of the accident may feel the need to talk about what happened.
Support could mean providing help yourself. You might offer to drive them places, help cook meals for their family or run errands to help them as they get back on their feet. Personal support is priceless, but support can also mean helping a person to access support services.
According to legal professionals at FVF, one of the smartest steps one can take after a traumatic accident is to contact medical professionals, a therapist or to seek advice from a personal injury lawyer.
The trauma of an accident can last for much longer than the initial shock. From medical complications to psychological trauma and legal proceedings, some loose ends from an accident can take time to tie up. Supporting your family member through their journey to recovery can be a process that lasts into the medium term.
The needs of each person affected by a traumatic accident are different, but many victims will need some ongoing support. Whether that means knowing that they will have help getting to important appointments, a sympathetic ear on the end of the phone or helping them order their finances.
Recovering from an accident is a complex journey, but having loved ones and a support system around can help with any bumps in the road.