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Some basic information about acquired brain injury or ABI

At our law firm, we represent clients who have unjustly sustained brain injuries of all severities because of the negligent, reckless or aggressive actions of others. Even brain injuries that may seem minor at the time can eventually lead to problematic symptoms down the line.

For this reason, it is important to hire a lawyer who will fight for adequate damages that will provide the level of treatment, therapy, rehabilitation, adaptive equipment and care that a particular brain-injury client will need. 

The Ontario Brain Injury Association or OBIA provides helpful information about brain injury. Acquired brain injury, also called ABI, is damage caused by an event, traumatic or not, after birth. The definition does not include harm from degenerative disease like Alzheimer’s or congenital conditions. As the OBIA describes, nontraumatic brain injury can be from a stroke, oxygen deprivation called anoxia or illnesses like encephalitis or meningitis. 

Traumatic brain injury or TBI is caused by trauma like a blow, car crash, sports injury, work accident or fall. 

Concussions are the most commonly sustained TBIs and while most people recover, about 15 percent continue with major symptoms after three months from injury, according to OBIA, citing the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation. 

According to the organization, if a concussion is not properly treated it may cause long-term symptoms that can be cognitive, emotional or psychological, or physical.

For this reason, a person with even a seemingly minor blow to the head should seek immediate medical attention to minimize negative consequences. 

OBIA published a comprehensive study in 2012 of brain injury in the province and its impact on victims and their families and caregivers. We will continue to provide information on this blog about brain injury, new research and treatment, and legal remedies to help victims.

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