Any accident involving a serious blow to the head should be enough to seek immediate medical care, even if you feel fine in the following hours or days. Damage to the brain does not always produce noticeable symptoms, so it is best to let a medical professional evaluate your cognitive abilities and brain function after an accident.
If you suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) due to someone else’s careless or negligent behaviour, your next priority after getting medical attention should be contacting an experienced catastrophic injury lawyer. Let an Ottawa traumatic brain injury lawyer at our firm help you pursue compensation for both pecuniary and non-pecuniary losses.
An acquired brain injury is damage to the brain which occurs due to a traumatic event, such as a blow to the head (i.e., during a car accident or fall), 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.
A majority of TBIs are caused by motor vehicle accidents. Other common causes involve falls (particularly in the very young and elderly), assaults, sporting accidents, 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.
As the brain is the control centre for everything we do, think, and feel, severe head trauma can result in many kinds of physical, cognitive, and behavioural/emotional impairments and interfere with the brain’s ability to perform any tasks. These impairments may be permanent or temporary. In fact, injuries to the brain can result in death or permanent disability. While each brain injury is a unique event with a unique set of effects, there are some common difficulties arising from severe head trauma, including:
Acquired 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 Ottawa traumatic brain injury lawyers can help you recover your losses and regain financial stability.
Although severe head trauma tends to have more catastrophic consequences than other types of personal injuries, the standard for proving liability in an ensuing civil case remains the same. To get a settlement or court judgment in their favour, the plaintiff in a TBI claim must prove that another person’s negligent act was the cause of the accident that directly caused them to suffer harm. One of our expert trial lawyers can assist an injured plaintiff in proving the opposing party’s fault for causing an otherwise avoidable TBI.
Given the life-altering effects that catastrophic brain damage can have, seeking recovery through civil litigation may be crucial to preserving your and your family’s financial security in the aftermath of such an injury. However, the unpredictable nature of TBIs can make for complicated claims.
Our experienced lawyers have the skills, expertise, and resolve to get you the compensation 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 or trial.
If you or someone you love has sustained a traumatic brain injury, you may be entitled to compensation. Get in touch with an Ottawa traumatic brain injury lawyer at our firm for a free consultation.
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