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Concussions are brain injuries that are often undiagnosed

There are several misconceptions about concussions. Medical professionals define concussions as traumatic brain injuries caused by blows, bumps or jolts of the heads or bodies of victims that make their brains move rapidly back and forth inside their skulls. Many TBIs in Ontario are missed in the diagnosis processes and go untreated every year because people think there must be head trauma to cause brain injuries. In fact, less than 10 percent of concussion victims become unconscious.

The classification of traumatic brain injuries

Any person in Ontario can suffer a knock to the head at any time -- whether in a car accident, slip- or trip-and-fall incident or another cause -- and it is more common than what most people may believe. A significant percentage of accidental deaths every year are caused by brain injuries. These can result from jolts, blows or bumps to the head, and also injuries that penetrate the skull. Brain injuries can occur in any age group, and it can affect from newborn babies to elderly citizens.

The changed life of a 21-year-old victim of brain injuries

Parents in Ontario will certainly empathize with the plight of a family in another province who has to cope with the multiple challenges of caring for a 21-year-old man who can no longer do anything for himself. This can happen to any family -- especially as long as there are motorists on the roads who choose to drive while intoxicated. It was a drunk teenage driver that turned the lives of this family upside down around Christmas in 2015 when he caused an accident that resulted in their son suffering traumatic brain injuries.

Traumatic brain injuries can create emotional rollercoaster

Car accidents in Ontario can cause catastrophic injuries, many of which have life-altering consequences. Traumatic brain injuries can be extremely difficult to understand because they are not visible but can devastate victims and their families. Along with the effects these injuries have on a victim's memory, thinking, communication and sensations, they also play a significant role in his or her emotional stability.

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