*this is a collaborative post*
While you don’t want to see a family member experience any type of injury, it’s not always a preventable situation. Accidents happen, and what is truly important is that you’re there for your loved one when they’re hurting and need you the most.
It’s likely they’re going to be shaken up and possibly unable to think clearly after having been injured. You knowing how to handle the situation best will help to make sure all is taken care of properly. With your assistance, your family member is unlikely to skip any important steps in the process of documenting and nursing an injury.
Help them to Recall the Incident Details
It’s going to be useful for you to sit down with your family member and walk through the details of the injury. Ask them questions that will help them recollect exactly what happened and how they got hurt. Be there to listen and write down the specifics so you both can get to the bottom of what occurred. It’ll be nice for them to be able to talk through the incident and be open and honest about their feelings.
Make A Report
It’s important to encourage your loved one to file a formal report when they sustain an injury. You need documentation prepared to be able to prove what happened to them because by doing so, the place where the injury took place will be held accountable. Include any witnesses or photos in the report so your family member can build a strong case. Go with them when they’re ready to share the details, so they don’t feel like they have to struggle through this difficult time all alone.
Provide them with Helpful Resources
Your family member may be all out of sorts and upset when they experience an injury. What you can do is complete some research on your own and provide them with helpful resources for handling their case. For instance, by finding them no win no fee legal representation, it will be just what they need to lift their spirits and feel confident about making sure the situation is handled properly. Offer to be present throughout the process, as this way you can ensure that no important facts are left out.
When a family member sustains an injury, what you don’t want to do is make them feel frustrated or invalidated. You can support them by helping to take them to doctor’s appointments, recording down notes about the incident and helping care for them in their home if they need it. Show them that you believe them regarding what happened and that you’re there to help them work through any road bumps or complications they experience during the aftermath of it all.
Accidents happen and it could be that you find yourself having to help a loved one cope with an injury. Use this advice so you can better understand what to do if this is the position you’re in. Above all else, be there for them and let them know you’re available to assist however they need.