A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a sudden impact causes damage to the skull. TBIs can also result when the head suddenly and violently hits, or is hit by, an object, or when an object pierces the skull and punctures brain tissue. Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury can be mild, moderate, or severe depending on the extent of the damage.
TBIs can happen anywhere. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people suffer serious brain injuries at home, on the job, or in their car. Two to three times more men than women suffer severe head trauma. A severe traumatic brain injury can take more than 10 years to improve, if at all.
Let one of our Ottawa traumatic brain injury lawyers help you recover compensation from at-fault parties. A catastrophic injury lawyer on our team can also help you file an insurance claim if necessary.
Approximately 50 to 70 percent of all TBIs are caused by motor vehicle accidents. Other common causes involve falls (particularly in the very young and elderly), assaults, sporting accidents, falls, malpractice, boating accidents, and other trauma. Traumatic brain injuries can occur without a loss of consciousness or significant head trauma. Specifically, brain damage can be caused without any head trauma through rapid acceleration and deceleration of the neck, such as during a significant rear-end car motor vehicle accident. Even a simple “concussion” may cause a traumatic brain injury, especially where two or more impacts occur in close succession.
Each year approximately 50,000 Canadians suffer an acquired brain injury (ABI). In Ontario, approximately 795 children out of 100,000 will suffer a brain injury this year. An injury to the brain is often likely to result in death or permanent disability. Brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability worldwide.
An acquired brain injury is damage to the brain which occurs after birth due to a traumatic event, such as a blow to the head, or a non-traumatic event, such as a medical event (stroke, etc). It is not due to a congenital disorder or a progressively degenerative disorder. As the brain is a complex and delicate organ, damage to the brain can produce long term difficulties.
As the brain is the control centre for everything we do, think, and feel, brain injuries can result in many kinds of physical, cognitive and behavioural/emotional impairments, and interfere with the brain’s ability to perform any of its tasks. These impairments may be permanent or temporary. While each brain injury is a unique event with a unique set of effects, there are some common difficulties arising from brain injuries:
Brain injuries can range in severity from mild to severe. An accident victim might suffer little functional interference, or they may end up being completely disabled and in need of long-term life support. In severe cases, they may be hospitalized or under constant care.
The injured party may lose their independence and livelihood by being unable to work. This is compounded by being forced to pay medical expenses such as medication or health care costs. Our traumatic brain injury lawyers can help you recover your losses and regain financial stability.
Our experienced lawyers have the skills, expertise, and resolve to get you the retribution that you are entitled to. We work side-by-side with you and give you the highest level of legal guidance to see you through to a successful settlement.
If you or someone you love has sustained a traumatic brain injury, you may be eligible for a legal settlement. Get in touch with an Ottawa traumatic brain injury lawyer at Nicholson Gluckstein for a free consultation. Our firm is a proud supporter of the Brain Injury Association of the Ottawa Valley.
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