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 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 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.

 


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 !

 


Hockey : Children Brain Injury and Head Injury Concussions in children

Ottawa personal injury lawyer, Ontario personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth.  I am currently at my son’s hockey tournament in Alliston , Ontario.  These 8 year old kids are giving it their all and playing with heart.  I love watching them play hockey.  I thought it would be timely to remind everyone about hockey and concussions in children. I also wanted to remind everyone with a child is out there on the ice,  please make sure they are wearing a proper CSA approved helmet, not just the helmet that is lying around in the garage. Most of all,play safe and have fun….

Hockey is one of Canada’s most popular sports, with over 520,000 players registered in the Canadian Hockey Association (CHA) for the 2000-2001 season. The incidence of hockey-related injuries amongst children between the ages of 9 to 14 leading to emergency department visits more than doubled between since 1990.The injury incidence among teens aged 15 to 18 didn’t increase as much as that of younger children, but still grew 85 % during the same time period.

 

Where do injuries most often occur?  
 

42% – head and face   

27% – upper body
31% – lower body

Who gets injured?

 Defense 33% Forwards 63% Goalie 4%. 

The Children’s hospital of Eastern Ontario’s website is an excellent resource for signs and symptoms of concussions.  The following inforamation is from this site: Concussions can cause a variety of symptoms, which can appear several hours after the incident. Signs and symptoms of a concussion include:

  • Confusion (your child might not know where he is or the period of the game)
  • Memory problems (forgetting what happened before or after the injury)
  • Loss of consciousness (being “knocked out”)
  • Headache
  • Dizziness/feeling dazed
  • Tiredness
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Vision problems/staring blankly/seeing stars
  • Slurred speech
  • Unusual emotions, personality change, inappropriate behaviour

There are different kinds of concussions and some may be more serious than others.

Simple concussions

  • Symptoms last less than 15 minutes after the injury.
  • Child/teen should not return to playing hockey or other sports for at least one week.

Complex concussions
 Symptoms last longer than 15 minutes after the injury.

  • Symptoms return with exercise.
  • The child/teen has been knocked out.
  • Longer recovery time. Several weeks or even months before returning to playing hockey or other sports.

Again, enjoy hockey ! It is a wonderful sport.  Please be safe out there and parents be on the look out if your child does fall or you suspect they have hit their head.

———————- The  Ottawa Injury Blog is written regularly by Ottawa personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. Since 1999, David has been an Ottawa personal injury lawyer representing Ottawa accident victims and the families of accident victims who have lost a loved one in an Ontario accident, including snowmobile accidents. This 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. If you have a question, feel free to call or email david@ottawainjury.ca (613) 978-9549

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Selecting the best Ottawa brain injury lawyer for your traumatic brain injury.

Ottawa brain injury lawyer David Hollingsworth, Ontario Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers

Advice for Selecting the best Ottawa Brain Injury Lawyer

While many minor disputes can be handled in a small claims court or through an alternative dispute resolution, handling a claim for a personal injury as serious as traumatic brain injury requires the expertise and know-how of an Ottawa brain injury lawyer.  When you

Our lawyers know what is needed to support and compensate for a brain injury.

Our lawyers know what is needed to support and compensate for a brain injury.

hire an Ottawa brain injury lawyer, you need to find someone who understands the nuances of your brain injury and has extensive experience interpreting medical diagnoses in order to present the full facts of your brain injury to your insurance adjuster or in the courtroom.

A brain injury is a very complicated legal matter because the symptoms are often “invisible.”  This is especially the case when it comes to a mild brain injury.  The vocational abilities of victims who have sustained a mild brain injuries are often severely impacted.  Victims are typically in denial about a brain injury’s impact on their lives.

Many survivors of a traumatic brain injury do not receive adequate compensation for their brain injury primarily because they hire an Ottawa brain injury lawyer who does not have the sufficient experience to present a legitimate claim for damages.   Ask your Ottawa brain injury lawyer about previous brain injury cases they have taken on. When searching for an Ottawa brain injury lawyer, research their education, training, and experience.  Determine what kind of knowledge they have about brain injury. Furthermore, find out if they are members of any trial law groups that deal with brain injury.  All of these factors will help you determine whether the lawyer’s knowledge about brain injury law and compensation is current.

Some Ottawa brain injury lawyers are willing to represent you on a contingency fee basis.  This means that the lawyer will not receive payment until you receive compensation for your brain injury.  When working on a contingency fee basis, an Ottawa brain injury lawyer receives a  % of the compensation amount. When you hire an Ottawa brain injury lawyer on a contingency fee basis, you can rest assured knowing that you are hiring an experienced, qualified Ottawa lawyer who can practically guarantee results.

Make sure to interview your Ottawa lawyer face-to-face and have plenty of questions ready to ask them so you can ascertain their qualifications.  Some important questions you may want to ask include the following:

  • How many brain injury cases have you been involved  in the last 5 years?
  • What % of personal injury cases do you take relate to brain injury?
  • What are the settlement compensation amounts you have obtained on brain injury cases in the past?

Choosing the right Ottawa brain injury lawyer is one of the most important decisions you will make in your life.  Be sure to find an Ottawa brain injury lawyer with whom you feel comfortable.  Moreover, hire an Ottawa brain injury lawyer who has the confidence and experience necessary to handle your case.  By taking the time to find a qualified Ottawa brain injury lawyer to represent you, you will be able to receive the recompose that you deserve, enabling you to meet your medical and support needs.


Ottawa Brain Injury Lawyer and Brain Injury (TBI) statistics

Ottawa Brain Injury Lawyer, David Hollingsworth shares statistics on Brain Injury in Canada
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The Startling Statistics:

An alarming annual rate of about 56,000 cases of Traumatic Brain Injury are recorded in Canada, with 36,000 of these cases leading to hospitalization, 9,000 to requiring long term rehabilitation, and in 2,500 cases, death. For those that survive, 6,000 will live with disability.

Traumatic Brain Injury, also known as TBI, has become the leading cause of death and disability in Canada for children and young adults (roughly 70% of survivors are between the ages of 18 and 28). It is tragic because children and young adults have the most to lose, with a lifetime ahead of them. Statistically, the greater half of all brain injuries are the result of motor-vehicle accidents, with the secondary causes within the realm of work related injuries, slip and falls, sports, illness, firearms and assaults. Males have double the risk of traumatic brain than females, and young men generally between 14 and 24 have the highest rate of injury. Children are also at risk when it comes to bicycle related brain injuries and death. Summer months are the more common seasons for such injuries, involving children 15 years old or younger.

While most victims of TBI will live a normal life span, survivors on average must go through a decade or so of rehabilitation services. Secondary to TBI, the risk for subsequent multiple personal injury increases, within the realm of two or three times greater than someone who has never experienced TBI. In the tragic circumstance of yet another or second personal injury, the potential for a third personal injury once again increases, this time to eight times the normal average. And so on.

Be Safe:

All this to say, please drive and be safe. A car accident or personal injury can happen in a split second and change your life forever. If you or a family member has suffered a seriously injury or a wrongful death, our Ottawa personal injury team offer my heartfelt support. We have the reputation, success rate and experience to obtain the highest compensation possible for you and your family. We can help answer your questions, help you obtain the highest quality medical care and relieve you of your stress as you’ve been through enough. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca or call 613 978-9549.