Have You or a Loved One Suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is responsible for a substantial number of deaths and permanent disability in Ontario. Brain injuries can range in severity from mild, moderate and severe. Immediate and long-term effects of a brain injury will vary based on the level of injury. A traumatic brain injury is much different than other injuries. Since our brain is responsible for our emotions, personality and functional abilities, a brain injury can have wide-ranging consequences. No two brain injuries are exactly the same, and the consequence and outcomes of two similar brain injuries may be very different. A Traumatic Brain Injury can cause physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioral effects.
Has Your Mild to Moderate Traumatic Brain Injury Been Overlooked?
It may be surprising to learn that a Traumatic Brain Injury is often missed following a serious accident. Because a Traumatic Brain Injury commonly accompanies other serious injuries, the medical trauma team may be focused on the more obvious injuries and on stabilizing a person. Sometimes physicians refer to the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) to determine the severity of a brain injury. Healthcare providers may also use the Rancho Los Amigos Scale to describe the level of recovery following a Traumatic Brain Injury. Very often, a Traumatic Brain Injury will not be visible on a regular MRI or CAT scan. There are, however, more sensitive imaging studies, such as SPECT scans, which are now being used more widely. Nonetheless, although the diagnostic imaging studies may be normal, a brain injury may still be diagnosed. This is because most brain injuries are not appreciable with imaging and so diagnosis is made clinically by physicians and other health care providers. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury.
Know the Signs and Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury
Some of the symptoms associated with mild brain injury or concussion are headaches, difficulty concentrating or thinking, memory and attention problems and mood changes. In the case of a severe brain injury, the diagnosis may be immediate where there is a loss of consciousness for more than 30 minutes and memory loss after the injury. When a brain injury is observable on diagnostic imaging, the consequences are often catastrophic. Some severe brain injuries result in impairments to function of limbs, as well as speech or language difficulties. Even in the case of mild brain injuries, a person can be left with significant permanent impairments and symptoms including:
Brain Injury Causes
The causes for brain injuries (TBI) include car crashes, collisions involving commercial transport trucks, motorcycle crashes, slip and fall accidents and assaults or other violent crimes. Regardless of the circumstances of your accident, if another person's reckless or negligent actions have caused you or a family member to suffer a severe head or brain injury, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses and expenses.
Our team at Iacobelli Law Firm realizes how difficult it is when someone you love is diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury and the many challenges that you may face in your daily lives. Iacobelli Law Firm provides compassionate, professional and effective legal counsel. We also offer a FREE Consultation so please feel free to call us at 1-866-234-6093 or complete our online contact form here. We are honored to serve our clients and our community.
Andrew Iacobelli is an experienced personal injury lawyer who established Iacobelli Law Firm with offices located in Ontario, Canada as well as offices in Florida, U.S.A. Andrew restricts his practice to the representation of personal injury victims in claims involving serious injuries and wrongful death.