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Brain injuries: The long-term impact on victims and loved ones

Victims of car accidents in Ontario often suffer long-term consequences of their injuries. Those with traumatic brain injuries will experience the severe impact on their daily lives, and the lives of their loved ones. The severity of a TBI will determine the long-term effects -- a mild injury may resolve in time while a severe one can bring about permanent changes.

Most commonly, cognitive skills are affected, and this causes difficulty for a patient to concentrate and learn new material. It can also slow down the thought process and prevent insight into situations that can lead to confusion and cause problems with listening and communicating. Psychological and emotional imbalance can result from TBI and may cause irritability, depression, mood swings, disinhibition or aggression.

TBI can affect a person's senses, causing vision and hearing problems along with changes in taste, smell and touch. Other common side effects include ringing in the ears, vertigo and balance problems. In rare cases, seizures may result. A patient can also suffer muscle tightening or paralysis that can affect the ability to breathe, swallow or move.

Traumatic brain injuries can be devastating for any Ontario family, and if they resulted from the negligence of somebody else in a car crash or another type of accident, recovery of damages might be sought in civil court. An experienced personal injury lawyer can assist in pursuing claims for recovery of monetary damages. An attorney can gather the evidence necessary to establish negligence and work to obtain a monetary judgment to cover past and future financial and emotional damages.

Source: brainline.org, "Frequently Asked Questions -- What are some long-term effects of TBI?", Michael Paul Mason, Feb. 18, 2017

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