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My husband suffered a brain injury in an Appleton motorcycle accident. Since the crash, he has not been the same person. He is snappy and doesn’t seem to enjoy life. We are very worried, but he rejects our offers to listen. What can we do to help?

It is not unusual for a victim of a motorcycle accident to become withdrawn or depressed. An Appleton motorcycle accident is a traumatic event. Victims often suffer from depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. This can cause changes in personality. But brain injury can also cause personality changes after a Wisconsin motorcycle crash.

Nearly 60 percent of brain injury victims suffer a personality change in the first year. There are two ways that brain injury causes personality change:

  • The damage to the brain changes the way the brain experiences, understands, modulates, and expresses emotion.
  • The patient suffers depression, anxiety, sadness, or another emotional reaction as a result of living with the brain injury.

Physical changes to the brain can be very confusing to both the victim and his loved ones. The patient believes that his reactions are appropriate. He is simply doing what his brain tells him to do. It can be disorienting when family members make a big deal of the changes.

It can be helpful for both the accident victim and his family to undergo counseling or therapy. The therapy can help the person with TBI learn to appropriately express his emotions. Therapy can also help a family learn to cope with the changes in their loved one.

Therapy is expensive, but it may be covered by your loved one’s Illinois motorcycle accident claim. To learn more about compensation after a Appleton motorcycle crash, request a free copy of The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims or call the Appleton motorcycle injury lawyers at Hupy and Abraham at (800) 800-5678 .

 

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham