Not Everyone Understands Brain Injuries; Our Injury Team Does
Brain injuries can bring profound or subtle behavioural changes, making you seem like a different person to yourself and others. Family and friends don’t always understand how your mood and temperament can be affected.
Brain injuries are complex injuries and the litigation process can be challenging, especially when diagnosis is difficult and suffering isn’t apparent. We work closely with top medical professionals throughout Ontario to ensure the extent of your injury is understood and that you receive proper medical care, compensation and the lifetime costs of medical care. Our personal injury lawyers have helped so many people who have suffered serious injuries. We have helped them rebuild a new life, helped their families and friends understand what they are going through and we have helped them get the rehabilitative support they will need for the rest of their lives. We can do this for you as well.
People suffering from a brain injury frequently suffer from confusion and have trouble performing familiar day-to-day tasks. These injuries can be categorized in two types:
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI)
A mild traumatic brain injury typically causes a loss of consciousness and/or disorientation that lasts 30 minutes or less. Referred to as “invisible injuries,” these injuries are difficult to detect with CT scans and MRIs. Furthermore, someone with a mild traumatic brain injury can appear perfectly healthy to others and are often never properly diagnosed or treated. While the term “mild” describes the contrast in symptoms with more severe brain injuries, the potential life-long effects are far from mild. Symptoms may include:
- Speech difficulty
- Confusion or memory lapse
- Dizziness and nausea
- Light and sound sensitivity
- Mood swings and irritability
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
A traumatic brain injury is generally categorized by a loss of consciousness from 20 minutes to six hours. They can result in serious physical and mental impairments. These injuries share some of the same symptoms as a mild traumatic brain injury; however, are usually more severe and can render someone comatose.
Additional signs include:
- Convulsions and seizures
- Severe and reoccurring headaches
- Chronic nausea and vomiting
- Dilated pupils
Our Lawyers Can Help With a Child Brain Injury
Sadly, we often meet with very young children who have suffered a severe head injury. Head and brain injuries are very common in children, accounting for approximately 100,000 hospital visits each year. Most child head injuries occur as a result of car accidents, bicycle accidents, falls, sporting injuries, or child abuse. Child injuries are complicated when it comes to compensation. It is more difficult to determine the measure of the loss of brain function in a child. In adults, there are prior records to rely on. Sadly, children are more susceptible than adults to permanent brain injury, even when the forces involved are equivalent. If your child has been in an accident and suffered a brain injury, it is imperative that you consult with an experienced lawyer. No two head injuries are alike and it will be very important that you get the support and maximum compensation you need for the rest of your child’s life, as well as support at your home. We have the experience and networks in place to make sure that years from now your child has all the support and compensation they need.
Our lawyers help with your treatment and rehabilitation after a brain injury.
We can assist in making sure you are receiving the best treatments and rehabilitation and we will work with your team. It’s important to remember that programs and treatments will change, as the extent of the brain injury is more known. Most rehabilitation programs focus on the following components: cognitive, behavioral, vocational, educational, community re-entry and recreation. The active involvement of family members and friends throughout the rehabilitation process is a critical component for success. Our injury lawyers work closely with family, friends, doctors, social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, physiotherapists and other health practitioners to make sure that everyone is doing everything they can to help rebuild after a brain injury. In addition, we work to ensure that our clients and their family are financially compensated for all losses of income (past and future), future care costs, and other related expenses or losses.
Our lawyers are experienced in brain injuries and we understand.
Having the best personal injury team in place is so important. Knowing what evidence to gather is extremely important when it comes to determining maximum compensation; whether it be a traumatic brain injury, a moderate brain injury, or a mild brain injury. Over the years, we have established relationships with some of the best Ontario brain injury specialists. As some of the best injury lawyers in Ottawa, we understand the pain, sadness, and frustration involved with a brain injury; not only for the accident victim but also for their family and friends as well. We are here to help with the difficulties and frustrations one faces not only physically and emotionally but financially as well. Since 1999, we have helped hundreds of Ontario accident victims get the help and support they needed, and we are here to help you rebuild your life.
Contact our lawyers for a free consultation.
We understand the difficulties, the time commitments, mood changes, and frustrations that our personal injury clients are suffering. Contact us free of charge to discuss how we can help you get the compensation and care you need to rebuild and start enjoying a comfortable quality of life.
We are Ottawa personal injury lawyers who understand, who care, who are here to help and our track record proves it.
Brain Injury Canadian Statistics:
- There are 56,000 traumatic brain injuries occurring yearly.
- 36,000 accident victims suffer an injury that requires hospitalization; of these, 2,500 will die. 9,000 accident victims will require long-term rehabilitation; 6,000 of these will live with a permanent disability.
- Sadly, traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the leading cause of death and disabilities in young adults and young children.
- 50% of brain injuries are the result of motor vehicle accidents.
- Traumatic brain injury occurs mostly in young adults between the ages of 18 and 28.
- Young men between ages 14 and 24 have the highest rate of brain injury; the risk of traumatic brain injury amongst males is two times that of females.
- Bicycle-related brain injury and death are highest in children; most brain injuries happen during July and August and involve children under the age of 15.
- Most traumatic brain injury survivors live a normal lifespan.
Glasgow Coma Scale
|Open to verbal command||3|
|Open to pain||2|
|Oriented and converses||5|
|Disoriented and confused||4|
|Localizes painful stimuli||5|
|Flexion / Withdrawal to painful stimuli||4|
|Abnormal flexion to painful stimuli||3|
|Extension to painful stimuli||2|
A Glasgow Coma Scale of:
- 3 to 8 indicates a traumatic brain injury
- 9 to 12 a moderate brain injury
- 13 to 15 a mild brain injury