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The many ways traumatic brain injuries affect victims' lives

According to medical professionals in Ontario and elsewhere, any trauma to an individual's brain is potentially disastrous. Similar to injuries to the spinal cord, amputations and burns, brain injuries are classified as catastrophic injuries. Traumatic brain injuries affect the lives of victims on multiple levels.

This makes it extremely difficult to determine the amount of compensation to claim when pursuing recovery of damages in personal injury litigation. Mild TBI can lead to daily headaches, agitation and mood swings, along with insomnia. More severe trauma to the brain can lead to memory problems, causing victims to forget their own names and experience periods of intense uncertainty. TBI doesn't just affect the victim; it can also impact his or her family and friends.

In most cases, it infringes upon a victim's career and relationships. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over three million U.S. citizens have permanent disabilities due to TBIs. Even with medical advances, brain injury victims continue to suffer the consequences of what is still one of the primary health challenges in Ontario.

Although there may be no cure for traumatic brain injuries, victims who suffer the trauma at the hands of negligent parties can pursue financial restitution through a personal injury lawsuit. With the support and guidance of a lawyer who focuses on protecting the right of TBI victims, legal recourse may be achieved. A skilled lawyer can assess the financial impact on the life of the plaintiff -- related to his or her career, personal and emotional life -- and advocate for the maximum possible recovery in an Ontario civil court.

Source: brainline.org, "Traumatic Brain Injury Basics", Michael Paul Mason, Accessed on April 21, 2017

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