When a drunk dirt bike driver crashed into a man driving an ATV in 2014, the ATV driver’s and the life of his fiance would be forever changed. The woman was actually working as a nurse in the same Ontario hospital the man was brought in and she was the first to see him. He was nearly unrecognizable as his face and head were so swollen. It turns out, he had suffered a traumatic brain injury.
Two months after the crash, the couple married in an Orillia hospital where the man was a patient. Today, he is still climbing back from the life-altering collision, and his wife is his full-time caregiver. Their days are filled with therapy as the man continues to progress in his journey, but what the couple wasn’t prepared for was how little the general public knows about brain injury.
The man has speech issues and his impulse control isn’t what it was prior to the accident. The woman says her husband says what he is thinking when he is thinking it and since he doesn’t appear physically impaired, many people mistake his actions for rudeness. The woman says it is sometimes a struggle to defend themselves and explain the situation to people.
The couple has an infant daughter and are expecting a second child. To help spread the word about brain injury, the woman has written a book, My Daddy’s Brain and urges people not to judge a book by its cover. About 500,000 Ontario residents are living with brain injuries.
As this couple proves, a brain injury can change lives. Ontario residents who suffer brain injuries, as this man did, because of the negligent actions of another can seek legal counsel regarding the steps to take in pursuing compensation. Financial compensation will not change the events, but can possibly ease the strain of becoming well again and take care of costs associated with rehabilitation, loss of employment and pain and suffering.
Source: simcoe.com, “Husband’s brain injury ‘changed everything’: Orillia woman“, Frank Matys, Jan. 25, 2018