Brain Injuries Often Change Far More than Noticed
Former MMA champ Matt Hughes’ life changed forever in 2017. A severe crash between his truck and a train resulted in changes that he could have never anticipated.
Many of the aspects of the crash are well known. One way or another, Hughes’ truck collided with the Norfolk Southern train. Hughes claimed that he was driving properly and that the railway company did not properly warn drivers of the crossing. NS claims that Hughes was on his ell phone and did not stop at the crossing. Regardless of the exact circumstances, the effects were clear: Hughes was severely injured in the crash.
The Risks of TBIs
Hughes’ physical injuries are extreme. Watch an interview with him and it’s clear that he is a changed man. However, the worst damage was done to his brain. Hughes and his attorneys allege that he suffered severe brain damage due to the event.
A Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI, affects different people in different ways. Often, the results are permanent. Such an injury often reduces the patients’ prior abilities. This often includes the ability to reason, hold relationships, and make them prone to depression, suicide, or even violence. Such injuries are especially common among players of contact sports, like football.
To be sure, Hughes’ behavior has changed. We can see this in the recent allegations of physical abuse. Hughes denied that he ever laid a hand on his wife. However, as TMZ reported, Hughes stated that he has changed significantly due to the crash two years ago.
In fact, Hughes believes that many of his troubles, including this suit are due to his brain damage. He said that “I understand that it is not fun to teach a grown man to learn to do everything all over again. I understand that I am a burden to those around me. I understand that I am an inconvenience to my family.”