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. Surprisingly, 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 MRI or CAT scans. While 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. Some of the symptoms associated with mild brain injury are headache, difficulty concentrating or thinking, memory problems, 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 and permanent impairments and symptoms, including:
Difficulty learning new information
lack of insight into his/her condition
impaired problem solving
impaired planning skills
impaired stress tolerance
social and emotional difficulties
ringing in ears
Whether you are left with persistent headaches from a mild brain injury or if a severe brain injury caused the wrongful death of a loved one, a skilled traumatic brain injury lawyer can help.
Brain Injury Causes
The causes for brain injuries include car crashes, accidents involving commercial transport trucks, motorcycle accidents, 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.
Contact our Toronto and York Region injury law firm for a complimentary consultation.
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