Is a concussion the same as a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) ?

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth:  Is a concussion the same as a mild traumatic brain injury   (TBI) ?

This is a common question.  Most people believe that a concussion isn’t as serious and  symptoms will come and go quickly; whereas a mild traumatic brain injury is more severe and lasts longer. The truth is they are known as the same in that a concussion and a mild traumatic brain injury have same symptoms and can last a couple of days but may also extend and last a couple of years. Most people  recover from a concussion within a relatively short period of time; typically it ranges from a week to 3 months.  Concussions can also happen to anyone old or young and can result from all sorts of different activities including sports, falls, blows to the head etc..

We don’t know everything about concussions or mild traumatic brain injuries but we do know that the brain is made up of soft tissue and is surrounded by spinal fluid. The brain is protected (to some extent) by the skull. Inside the skull, the brain  moves about , sometimes hitting the skull. When the brain hits the inside of the skull it can become bruised, and may result in broken blood vessels, which results in injured  nerves and may lead to a concussion.

There are many ways  to grade or describe concussions or mild traumatic brain injuries. The severity of a concussion is determined by how long signs and symptoms last and so can only be known after someone has recovered. The longer the symptoms of changes in brain function, the more severe the concussion.

What causes the most confusion is the word “mild”. A mild traumatic brain injury can be anything but that. Up to 20% of people who suffer from a concussion suffer symptoms beyond the 3 month mark.  Everyone reacts differently to a concussion or MTBI ; however some common symptoms include:

  • post-traumatic headache
  • difficulty sleeping
  • problems with balance
  • dizziness
  • cognitive impairments
  • extreme fatigue
  • depression
  • anxiety

Often times, people with a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury seem perfectly fine ; however they are severely suffering on the inside and are unable to participate in everyday activities.   Often times people with a concussion or mTBI are unable to work, be social or participate in many day-to-day activities they once loved doing.

When it comes to children and concussions , it gets even trickier, as children often are not in tune with their symptoms and may not be communicating their symptoms. A child with an undiagnosed concussion can be at serious risk for brain damage or a disability. If a child sustains a head injury, it must be taken seriously.  In sports in particular, a doctor needs to examine the child and decide when it would be best to have the child return to sports. Regardless of whether or not the child lost consciousness or not, it’s vital that parents, caregivers and coaches are on high alert and watching  for symptoms. Head injuries take time to heal..Don’t rush it.

When it comes to concussions and mild traumatic brain injuries, we must be extra vigilant.  As an Ottawa injury lawyer, I meet regularly with people whose lives have been turned upside down due to a head injury. For some , life may never be the same again. For more information on head injuries, concussions and mild traumatic brain injuries , visit www.ottawainjury.ca/brain-injuries.

 



Ottawa hit and run accident Wellington street send accident victim to Ottawa’s trauma centre.

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Ottawa Police are looking for witnesses to an accident that occurred at Bay and Wellington last night. A car hit a  pedestrian and then sped away. The hit and run accident occurred at approximately 10:50 p.m. on Wellington Street , close to the Library and Archives Canada. The car hit a 63 year old pedestrian who was rushed to Ottawa’s trauma centre in serious condition. Ottawa Police need our help. If you know anything about this accident, please call  the Ottawa Police Service Collision Investigations section at 613-236-1222 ext. 2481. My thoughts are with this accident victim and I wish them a full recovery.

Hit and run accidents are sadly not uncommon. They also a bit complicated when it comes to insurance compensation claims. The reason being that if an injured pedestrian doesn’t have their own insurance policy, they must sue the insurance company of the driver who hit them.  typically this would involve your personal injury lawyer putting the other side on notice and then starting a personal injury claim on your behalf. When the driver of the accident is unknown, the question is what insurance company would be responsible for the compensation.

Hit and run accidents and insurance compensation

The Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Fund (MVACF) is a fund that provides insurance compensation to people injured in automobile accidents,  when there is no insurance to respond to a claim.

The MVACF :
  •  provides statutory accident benefits  to people injured in an automobile accident who have no other insurance to turn to;
  • provides injury compensation for people involved in an accident with an uninsured driver, unidentified driver or a stolen vehicle when no liability insurance exists.
 Our personal injury lawyers have been very successful in helping our clients receive maximum compensation from the MVACF.  Let our expertise and experience help you following your hit and run accident in Ottawa.

Ottawa accident Greenbank Road results in severe head injury and broken leg.

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Ottawa Accident

A terrible Ottawa accident has resulted in a 15 year old girl being hospitalized for a broken leg and a severe head injury. The Ottawa accident occurred yesterday afternoon when she was hit by a car at Greenbank Road and Lisa Avenue, close to Baseline Road. The teenage girl is in serious but thankfully stable condition in an Ottawa hospital. My thoughts are with her family at this very stressful time. I wish this young girl a speedy and hopefully full recovery from this terrible accident.

Unfortunately,  Ottawa pedestrian accidents such as this one are not uncommon. Our personal injury lawyers meet regularly with families who have been in a pedestrian accident and have suffered serious personal injuries.  Typically these injuries are head injuries, broken bones and in some instances wrongful death. In most cases, personal injury law in Ontario indicates that a pedestrian can sue the driver of the vehicle that hit them, regardless of who is at fault.  If the pedestrian has their own insurance company, their own insurance company can provide them with Ontario Accident Benefits compensation for things such as income replacement benefits, caregiver benefits, non-earner benefits, medical benefits, rehabilitation benefits, attendant care benefits and other benefits, depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident and the extent of the injuries.

Timelines for filing a personal injury lawsuit

It’s important that anyone involved in a pedestrian accident get informed of their rights. There are a lot of important timelines that need to be met when filing an Ontario insurance claim. Many people are unaware of the accident benefits available to them, as well as the expenses that are covered following an accident.  It’s important that people who have suffered an injury receive proper medical and rehabilitative treatments in order to best return to a quality of life they once had.  Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers understand and are here to help. Let us help.


Ottawa Lawyer: Sport Injuries and Compensation

Head Injury in Sports

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth

I receive calls regularly asking me questions about sporting injuries and does one have the right to sue. In every sport, there are injuries. While some injuries may be avoided in sports, others aren’t.  Sporting injuries can happen anywhere; a friend’s house,  school, gymnasiums, sport fields and sport training facilities. Football and hockey seem to be the sports with the highest rates of severe injuries that hear of due to the high impact and high number of head injuries associated with these 2 sports. Some sport head injuries become mild concussions and people are able to return to their sport within a few days or weeks. As we all know, there are also severe head, back, brain, neck and spinal cord injuries that result from sporting accidents.  These injuries are life-altering and catastrophic injuries.

I’m often asked about compensation about such injuries.  Not all cases of sporting injuries result in the right to sue and seek insurance compensation. In order to receive compensation, it needs to be proven that the  facility where the injury took place provided  unsafe, or dysfunctional equipment. If this is proven, then they can be help liable. It may be difficult to prove negligence , but with proper documentation, pictures and witnesses , a personal injury lawyer can help build a personal injury case to ensure you receive maximum compensation.

Consult a top Ottawa personal injury lawyer

If you have suffered a sports injury and feel it is a result of someone else’snegligence, contact an Ottawa personal injury lawyer for a free consultation. The top Ottawa personal injury lawyers will be able to provide you with immediate feedback on whether or not they think you have a personal injury case or not.

Play hard and play safe !

 


Ottawa motorcycle accident in Orleans results in tragic death.

Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Motorcycle Accident, Sadly, a 24-year-old man has dies after an Ottawa motorcycle accident in Orleans on Friday night. the Ottawa motorcycle accident occurred at the corner of Jeanne d’Arc Boulevard and Avignon Crescent. when Ottawa rescue crews arrived, the man had no vital signs and multiple critical head injuries, despite the fact he was wearing a helmet at the time of the Ottawa motorcycle accident. Despite Ottawa paramedics trying to resuscitate the motorcycle driver, he was pronounced dead in the emergency room of the Ottawa Hospital. My thoughts are with his family and friends and this incredibly sad time..

—-The Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog is written regularly by Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. The Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog reports on accidents in eastern Ontario, personal injury issues, local Ottawa news and events and various news that relates to Ottawa, accidents and personal injury. Visit  www.ottawainjury.ca for more information. 

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Ottawa accident Rideau and Limebank Road results in critical head injury, arm and leg fractures, Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

A terrible Ottawa accident on Rideau and Limebank road,  south of the Ottawa Airport resulted in serious personal injuries. A 34-year-old male, was conscious but trapped in his sedan vehicle. Ottawa firefighters and Ottawa paramedics were able to free the man from his car.  He suffered critical head injuries,  as well as serious fractures to his legs and arm . He was treated and is thankfully in stable condition at the Civic Hospital. I hope he is able to recover fully from this accident. 

—-The Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog is written regularly by Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. The Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog reports on accidents in eastern Ontario, personal injury issues, local Ottawa news and events and various news that relates to Ottawa, accidents and personal injury. Visit  www.ottawainjury.ca for more information. 

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Ottawa lawyer supporting City of Ottawa June 2012 Brain Injury Awareness Month

City of Ottawa declares June 2012 Brain Injury Awareness Month

As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I am so pleased that our wonderful city has chosen June as Brain Injury Awareness Month.  With more bicycles, motorcycles, sports, rollerblades, skateboards out during the summer months, the need for brain injury awareness is paramount.  I fully support this initiative.  I have so many clients suffering from a brian injury and it is heartbreaking.  A brain injury is an invisible condition affecting  adults and children. A brain injury is usually not recognizable and results in daily frustrations for not only the person suffering from a brain injury, but also their family and friends. 

I totally believe that the Ottawa community needs to become informed about the risks of a brain injury, what to look for and the strategies for preventing a brain injury.

The daily challenges faced by someone with a  brain injury and their families are often uncomprehensible unless you are in their shoes.  They struugle daily to do some of the most basic life tasks, that they could once do easily. 

As a community supporting those suffering from a brain injury, we need to help by sharing information, knowledge and inspiration to help improve the quality of life of brain injury victims and their families.

We have some valuable Ottawa brain injury resources such as:

Brain Injury Association of the Ottawa Valley, The Brain Injury Association of Canada, the Vista Centre, Pathways to Independence, the Acquired Brain Injury program at the Ottawa hospital, the Ontario Brain Injury Association to name but a few….

June 2012 as Brain Injury Awareness Month in Ottawa.

—-The Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog is written regularly by Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. The Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog reports on accidents in eastern Ontario, personal injury issues, local Ottawa news and events and various news that relates to Ottawa, accidents and personal injury. Visit  www.ottawainjury.ca for more information, call (613) 978-9549 or email me: david@ottawainjury.ca

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Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth supporting Helmet Day : 46 Ontario stores offering discounts on helmets.

Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth… I strongly urge everyone, children and adults to wear a helmet. It really could save your life. I meet daily with people involved in accidents and in some cases they are severely injured, but alive thanks to a helmet.  Please celebrate Helmet Day tomorrow by purchasing  a new helmet. 46 Ontario retailers across the region have agreed to participate in this event. The following locations are offering discounts tomorrow. Simply visit a participating store and purchase your helmet for helmet day discount,

This event is for everyone (children, youth, adults, and seniors) and all kinds of helmets will be available., whether you bike, rollerblade, skateboard, ski, or play hockey.

The following retailers are supporting this very important initiative and are offering discounts:

Store: Top of the World Location: 158 Rideau Street Discount: 15% off all Helmets and Safety Gear (Knee pads, elbow pads and wrist guards)

Store: Antique Skate Location: 9 Florence Street Discount: 15% off all skateboard helmets and equipment

Store: Bushtukah Locations (2 locations): 5607 Hazeldean Road, 203 Richmond Road  Discount: 25% off in stock helmets, customer must mention that it is Helmet Day

Store: The Cyclery Location: 115 Bank Street Discount: 20% off all Helmets and Safety Equipment (Bells, Lights, and Reflective Tape)

Store: Dinardo’s Skis & Wheels Location: 44 Northside Road  Discount: Will pay the taxes on all helmets purchased on Helmet Day

Store: Euro Sports Location: 13 Bullman Street Discount: 25% off all helmets

Store: Joe Mamma Location: 767 Bank Street Discount: 25% off all helmets in stock

Store: Foster’s Sports Centre Location: 305 Bank Street  Discount: 15% off all helmets

Store: Fresh Air Experience  Location:1291 Wellington Street Discount: 15% off all helmets

Store: Full Cycle Location: 401 Saint Laurent Boulevard Discount: 15% off in stock helmets, customer must mention that it is Helmet Day

Store: Kunstadt  Locations (3 locations): 680 Bank Street, 1583 Bank Street, 463 Hazeldea Discount: 30% of all helmets

Store: Lacroix Source for Sports Location: 2062 St. Joseph Blvd Discount: 20% discount on all hockey helmets

Store: McCranks Location: 889 Bank Street Discount: 10% off all in-store helmets

Store: Mountain Equipment Coop Location: 366 Richmond Road Discount: 10% off all in-store helmets

Store: On Deck Skateboard Shop Location: 141 Bentley Avenue Discount: 15% off all helmets

Store: Orleans Cycles Location: 2404 St.Joseph Boulevard Discount: 10% off all in-store helmets

Store: Pecco’s Location (2 locations):  86 Murray Street, 85 Du Portage (Gatineau, QC)   Discount: 25% off all helmets

Store: Phat Moose Cycles Location: 98 Hawthorne Avenue Discount: 15% off all helmets

Store: Rebec and Kroes Location: 2679 Alta Vista Drive Discount: 10% off all in-store helmets

Store: Sport Chek Location (12 locations):  Ottawa: Kanata Centrum: 785 Kanata Av, Merivale Mall : 1642 Merivale Rd, Place D’Orléans: 110 Place D’Orleans Dr, Riocan Marketplace: 125 Riocan Av, St.Laurent: 1200 St Laurent Blvd, Surrounding Areas: Belleville, ON: 390 North Front Street #200, Cobourg, ON: 1111 Elgin Street West , Cornwall, ON:  501 Tollgate W, Lindsay, ON: 401 Kent Street West, Kingston, ON: 945 Gardiners Road, Pembroke, ON: 1100 Pembroke Street East #503
Peterborough, ON: 645 Lansdowne Street West  Discount: 20% off last ticketed price on all bike helmets

Store: Sportek Location: 1020 Pleasant Park Road Discount: 20% off helmets if customer mentions “Helmet Day”

Store: Sports Experts  Location: 100 Bayshore Drive, 4338 Innes Road, 50 Rideau Street , 1226 Saint Laurent Boulevard Discount: 25% off all regular priced helmet

Store: Tall Tree Cycles Location: 255 Richmond Road Discount: 20 % off all helmets

Store: Tommy and Lefebvre Location:  464 Bank Street, 250 Centrum Boulevard
499 Terry Fox Drive , 2525 Lancaster Road, 3777 Strandherd Discount: 20% off any Helmet purchase or a BUY one receive the second helmet FREE (equal or lesser value)

Please , please , please take care of your head and brain. A brain injury and head injury can happen to anyone and can change your life forever. Be a good role model for your children and strap a helmet on !

-Ottawa Head and Brain Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth

—-The Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog is written regularly by Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. The Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog reports on accidents in eastern Ontario, personal injury issues, local Ottawa news and events and various news that relates to Ottawa, accidents and personal injury. Visit  www.ottawainjury.ca for more information. 

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Ottawa Enforcement targetting Ottawa drivers who fail to stop and run red lights, Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth… The City of Ottawa’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) will be focussing on Ottawa motorists who run red lights and those who don’t fully comply with stop signs as part of its ongoing commitment to keeping Ottawa’s roads safe during the month of May. 

Ottawa Accidents: Running Red Lights

Red light running has become a serious issue on Ottawa roadways.  In 2010, 764 accidents occurred due to Ottawa drivers failing to stop for red lights.  These accidents resulted in 372 personal injuries, of which,  11 of them were life-threatening personal injuries. 

Ottawa Accidents: Stop Sign Violations

In 2010, 1,618 Ottawa accidents occurred at stop sign intersections, which resulted in 6 deaths and 492 personal injuries, of which 23 injuries were life-threatening. 

I am so thankful that Ottawa has these initiatives to support the larger Safer Roads Ottawa Program, a leading partnership between Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Public Health and the Public Works Department , who are all committed to preventing or eliminating road accidents, deaths and serious personal injuries for Ottawa residents, through culture change, community engagement, and development of a sustainable safe transportation environment.

—-The Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog is written regularly by Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. The Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog reports on accidents in eastern Ontario, personal injury issues, local Ottawa news and events and various news that relates to Ottawa, accidents and personal injury. Visit  www.ottawainjury.ca for more information. 

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Ottawa injury lawyer supports Ottawa police aiming to reduce Ottawa accidents by targeting distracted Ottawa drivers.

www.ottawainjury.ca Ottawa Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth.. From April 17-19, 20 Ottawa Traffic Enforcement Team, monitored the intersection of Bank Street and Champlain Avenue and issued tickets to distracted Ottawa drivers.    The Ottawa Police officers monitored Ottawa traffic for a total of 81/2 hours over a period of 3 days.  In total, 240 tickets were issued: 97 for Operating a motor vehicle while using a hand-held communication device, 18 for seat belt infractions and 125 tickets for other Highway Traffic Act related offences.  The current fine for using a hand-held device while driving is $155. 

I’m surprised to see so many fines .  It is so obvious that driving and talking on the phone is not worth the risk.  There are so many wireless devices on the market that allow one to talk on the phone while driving; there really are no excuses. Please do not distract yourself. Answer the call later, pull over or invest on a Bluetooth.  Drive safely out there !                                                                                              -Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth

—-The Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog is written regularly by Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. The Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog reports on accidents in eastern Ontario, personal injury issues, local Ottawa news and events and various news that relates to Ottawa, accidents and personal injury. Visit  www.ottawainjury.ca for more information.

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