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Your relationships after a catastrophic injury

| May 25, 2021 | Personal Injury

Suffering a catastrophic injury can prevent you from returning to work in Tennessee. Side effects of your injury could include chronic pain, permanent disability, psychological changes and other ongoing challenges.

You may notice that your relationships also feel the strain of a sudden and serious injury. Depending on your condition, you may require a full-time caregiver to help care for your needs.

Role reversal

Working hard and providing for your family can bring indescribable feelings of pride and satisfaction. Suffering a career-ending injury may fill your life with uncertainty and stress about how you will care for the people you love. You may also feel guilt and feelings of depression regarding your inability to do what you once did.

Serious injuries may mean your partner needs to step into your role and find a way to provide financially.  You may need to adjust to the feeling of having someone care for you and help you with all of the things you can no longer do independently. According to brainline.org, this reversal of roles and accompanying responsibilities can put a strain on your relationship. Showing compassion and flexibility may help both of you to adjust to the changes.

Communication differences

Another way your injury may impact your relationship is through the way you communicate with your partner. Depending on your condition, it may take time for you to relearn how to describe your needs and expectations. In conjunction with reversing roles, you and your partner may also need to learn about how to communicate effectively in your new position.

Understanding that your relationship will change as a result of your injury may help you to better prepare for challenges along the way. Your willingness to accept the changes and seek the support of those around you may allow you to continue to live a successful life.