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Who can be blamed for a child hockey player's brain injuries?

Some Ontario parents who loved playing hockey when they were children say they hesitate to introduce their young children to the sport now. So much more information about the risks and consequences of concussions and brain injuries is available now, creating more awareness and concern. Fortunately, many sources provide detailed information on recent studies of these injuries along with suggestions to prevent them and explanations of the most effective treatment.

One thing on which professionals in the field agree is that young hockey players are exceptionally vulnerable. Numerous Canadian professional hockey players and even superstars have suffered the effects of repeated concussions that can cut short their careers or even their lives. Repeated brain injury and multiple concussions can lead to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which is a neurodegenerative disease.

Brain injuries can force families to sacrifice financial security

Life can present unanticipated curves that can yank the rug from under families and force them to face an entirely different lifestyle. Most people in Ontario will not be prepared for the consequences of themselves or their loved ones suffering traumatic or acquired brain injuries. When it happens as the result of another person's negligence, skilled legal counsel will be invaluable.

The lives of brain injury victims and their families will be distorted from the moment of the incident and will never return to what they knew as normal. There will likely be months or years of rehabilitation for the victim while his or her family may spend as long to get the necessary funding to optimize recovery. Insurance providers will need assessments of the disability before authorizing the financing, but bureaucratic stumbling blocks may delay that process.

Coach stops game after 9 football players suffer brain injuries

With more and more information becoming available about the damage young people can suffer during sports activities, Ontario parents might applaud the actions of a high school football coach in another province. When nine players showed concussion symptoms like headaches and vomiting at halftime of one game, they were rushed to a hospital, and the coach suspended the game to prevent further brain injuries. A researcher linked to the Canadian Concussion Collaborative agrees with the decision of the coach.

An injury prevention coordinator also agrees and says there is a need for a lot more to be done. Not only must teachers, parents and coaches become more aware of the symptoms and signs that indicate concussion but also the phases of recovery that must be tailored to the unique needs of each player. A physiotherapist who works with varsity sports says concussion at a young age can have long-term consequences.

What social media precautions should an injury claimant take?

Being involved in a car accident is a stressful experience. Victims are often most focused on recovering from their physical and psychological injuries while also worrying about how they are going to pay for damage to their vehicles and how they can make up for lost income. Filing a personal injury claim is often the best way of ensuring that accident victims can cover these unexpected costs. However, claimants are often unprepared for some of the things that can go wrong when filing a claim, including with the impact social media posts can have on their claim. Below is a look at how social media can affect a personal injury lawsuit and how claimants can deal with this risk. 

Dentist accused of causing 5-year-old child's brain injuries

Medical professionals in Ontario and other provinces must provide care to patients that would not put their welfare on the line. A dentist is accused by the Dental Association and College in another province of causing traumatic brain injuries when he anesthetized a 5-year-old patient and failed to take proper care. The dentist, who is facing charges of unprofessional conduct, was apparently not a dental surgeon and anesthesiologist as he claimed, but only a general dentist.

The hearing by the tribunal started recently. The child's father said he took his daughter to the dentist for a consultation and was unprepared for her being sedated. About an hour after the dental procedure started, the dentist informed the father that complications caused the child to stop breathing. She was rushed to the hospital.

Study Reveals Professional Challenges For Brain Injury Sufferers

In a recent study titled “Returning to Work Following Acquired Brain Injury” a focus group in Ottawa was surveyed about their professional experiences after suffering from a brain injury.

Returning to work after a brain injury is not always guaranteed. Long-term consequences should be discussed with a personal injury lawyer in order to explore options for adequate compensation.

Victims of brain injuries deserve someone to fight for them

Back in Sept. 2011, the coaches of the Gaiters forced a young player to continue playing despite signs of a concussion. These were allegations made by the player who is now 27 years old. The consequences of those alleged orders included traumatic brain injuries that led to a lawsuit against a university in another province, and the ultimate settlement was reached on the day scheduled for the start of the trial. The following may inspire victims of brain injuries in Ontario to also pursue financial relief.

According to court documents, allegations that were never proved in court stated that the young player received a blow to the head during a game but was ordered to continue playing. He went back on the field and soon suffered another hit, which caused him to vomit and lose consciousness. He apparently suffered severe bleeding on his brain, and he underwent emergency surgery after doctors medically induced a coma.

Special Education Adds Up After A Brain Injury

After the initial medical attention and costs of convalescence, brain injury sufferers may incur additional expenses as they try to move on with their lives. Something as simple as going to school can create a burden, as one Ontario family recently discovered.

According to a recent story on CBC.ca, the Skinner family’s youngest son, was struck by a car when he was four-years-old. He sustained a permanent head injury due to frontal lobe damage to his brain. Afterwards, the process to enroll the child in school turned into a very stressful journey for the family.

Innovative Bauer Sports Gear Aims To Reduce Brain Injuries

A new piece of sports equipment has been designed specifically to reduce brain injuries in athletes. Bauer Hockey – a Canadian sports apparel brand – will begin selling the product, which studies have shown restricts movement around the brain after heavy impact to the head.

Known as the Bauer Neuroshield collar, it can be worn with or without a helmet. The collar is meant to be used in conjunction with other protective sports gear, such as neck guards and shoulder pads.

Brain Injuries suspected after pedestrian accident

Ontario pedestrians will always be vulnerable because many vehicle operators fail to keep a proper lookout for them. Motorists typically benefit from the protection of enclosed vehicles with airbags, seat belts and crumple zones, none of which protect pedestrians. Although there are laws by which both pedestrians and vehicle operators must abide, the lack of protection makes pedestrians more susceptible to severe harm such as brain injuries.

Traffic in Etobicoke was delayed for several hours on a recent Monday morning while police investigated a pedestrian accident. Reportedly, a vehicle struck a female pedestrian at an intersection shortly before 9 a.m. She was said to be about 30 years old.

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