Nobody in Ontario could ever be prepared for the consequences of a traumatic brain injury. Brain injuries are not typically something anybody learns about until they are victims or a loved one is a victim of TBI. While such injuries can cause multiple levels of hardship for the victim, loved ones may also suffer significantly, mostly because of their lack of knowledge and understanding.
To begin with, there are different types of brain injuries. A person can be born with a congenital brain disorder or a degenerative disease that causes the deterioration of brain functions over time. Acquired brain injury (ABI) results from an incident after birth, and these injuries are again divided into two types -- traumatic and nontraumatic.
Nontraumatic brain injuries are brought about by illnesses such as meningitis or encephalitis, though they also are associated with strokes or oxygen deprivation. Traumatic brain injuries, in contrast, are those that are caused by events such as car accidents, falls, blows to the head, sports injuries and more. They are often caused by the negligence of others such as another driver, an assailant or a defective product.
The financial and emotional damages suffered as the result of brain injuries can be devastating. Although a victim's life may never be restored, the civil justice system of Ontario allows them to pursue recovery of damages sustained due to the negligence of others by filing personal injury lawsuits. However, this is not a battle to fight without legal support, and the services of a lawyer who has extensive experience in fighting for the rights of TBI victims may make all the difference.
Source: obia.ca, "What is ABI?", Accessed on Aug. 23, 2017