Can your relationship survive a serious brain injury?

Blogs from November, 2021

Attorney Mark Rufo PC

Your car has airbags, seat belts and other features that protect you during an accident. Despite these safety enhancements, car accidents remain a leading cause of traumatic brain injuries in New Hampshire and across the country.

A TBI happens when a blow to the head interrupts the brain’s normal function. While you may expect to have a long road to recovery, you may not anticipate the negative toll a TBI may take on your intimate relationship.

Behavioral changes

Those with TBIs often experience drastic changes in behavior. Regardless of your personality before the motor vehicle accident, a TBI may alter it forever. According to reporting from WETA-TV, the PBS affiliate in Washington, D.C., TBI-associated behavioral changes may include one or more of the following:

  • Angry physical and verbal outbursts
  • Egocentricity and selfishness
  • Negativity and depression
  • Intolerance and irritability

Even if your spouse or significant other understands the behavioral changes that often accompany TBIs, he or she may not be able to put up with the new version of you.

Household duties

If you live with your partner, you undoubtedly share household duties. A TBI may make it virtually impossible for you to pull your weight at home. Even if you are physically capable of tackling chores, TBI-related apathy, depression and anxiety may prevent you from even starting.

In the aftermath of a car accident, it may be tempting only to pursue financial compensation for your immediate physical injuries. Ultimately, though, if a TBI has caused your personal relationship to suffer, you must not be afraid to seek additional compensation from the driver who caused the accident.

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