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Help your loved one after an injury

Nothing is worse than watching a loved one suffer and wondering if there is anything you can do to help. If there is not an obvious solution you can provide, you might feel powerless and frustrated by your inability to alleviate his or her pain. This is what many people go through when their loved one is injured in a car accident, slip-and-fall or workplace incident. You do not have to helplessly watch, though.

There are many ways that you can help your loved one get help and recover from their injuries. Consider the following three tips for more information on assisting with treatment, recovery and every other part of the process. Your assistance could be the key to recovery for your loved one after an injury. 

1. Encourage treatment

Many people suffer an injury and subsequently proceed to ignore it. If it is a minor injury, or if it is not visible, there may be pressure to be brave and simply keep living as if nothing happened. This is dangerous, though, because an untreated injury will typically only worsen. Waiting to get treatment also makes the severity of the injury questionable in a legal context. Encourage your loved one to see a doctor.

2. Assist with documentation

In addition to getting medical treatment, thoroughly documenting every part of the injury is an important step in the process of recovery. This can be stressful, though, for somebody who simply wants to get better and put the injury in the past. You can help your loved one with this part of the process by taking photos and assisting him or her with journaling symptoms, physical pain and recovery progress.

3. Provide moral support

Perhaps the most important resource you can provide to your loved one is the presence of moral support. Suffering an injury is demoralizing and painful. When you have somebody by your side helping you recover and reminding you that things will get better, it is a lot easier to keep going. Be a cheerleader for your loved one when he or she is down.

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