Whenever someone sustains a brain injury in a car accident, slip and fall accident or any other accident, the first thing his/her lawyer will do is evaluate the injury’s impact on the person’s standard of living, ability to perform the job, as well as emotional, mental, physical, social, and psychological effects.
And while these factors must be taken into account and can potentially bring the victim hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars in financial compensation, only a few seem to understand that other family members can also be affected by your brain injury.
“No, we are not talking about the financial effect (loss of income and loss of earning potential) on your family members such as your spouse and children,” explains our San Diego brain injury attorney from the Law Office of Edward J. Babbitt, APC. “We are talking about the emotional and behavioral impact on children when a parent has a traumatic brain injury (TBI).”
After all, assessing how your brain injury may impact your children can be critical to increase the value of your personal injury settlement. If your TBI has in any way affected your children, their development, upbringing, education, playing and relational behavior, and other, you may be entitled to seek compensation for that.
Study shows how a parent’s brain injury impacts children
Luckily, a recent study has evaluated the impact on children when one of their parents has a severe brain injury. Twenty-five couples, which included one of the spouses with a brain injury, and their 35 children participated in the study. The children were aged from three to 14 years.
Both the parents and their children attended several sessions with a psychologist to identify the impact of the parents’ brain injury on their children’s behavior and upbringing. The study used ICD-10 criteria to make the assessment, explains our brain injury attorney in San Diego.
ICD-10 criteria refers to the 10th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD), which, in turn, is a medical classification criteria introduced by the World Health Organization (WHO). In the course of the study, psychiatrists assessed relationship adjustment between the parents and children, qualify of life, and measured the caregiver burden felt by the parents.
A whopping more than 63 percent of the children in the study manifested signs of “emotional suffering,” which was a direct caused of their parents’ brain injury. The study also showed that the parents underestimated the symptoms of their children’s emotional suffering.
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Therefore, the study confirmed that a parent’s brain injury can have a tremendous impact on the children’s psychological, mental, emotional, and social condition and health.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of personal injury lawyers who investigate cases involving brain injury do not consider the potential impact of the parents’ brain injury on their children. Luckily for you, our San Diego brain injury attorney at the Law Office of Edward J. Babbitt, APC, will carefully and accurately evaluate the full extent of damages suffered by you and your family members.
We never miss a single detail to help you secure a larger settlement amount. Let our skilled lawyers calculate the full value of your damages. Call our offices at 619-543-1789 or fill out this contact form for a free case evaluation.