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Brain injuries can be challenging for victims and loved ones

There is no organ in the body of any human that is as powerful and complex as the brain. A healthy brain is necessary to think, breathe, interact, move and make decisions throughout every person's daily life. Brain injuries can happen in the blink of an eye -- often causing significant changes to the lives of victims. Reportedly, an estimated half a million traumatic brain injury victims live in Canada, including Ontario.

Brain injuries: Tow truck strikes Hamilton senior in crosswalk

Drivers in Ontario must stop at any crosswalk and wait for pedestrians to complete the crossing and exit the crosswalk before they proceed. While this law is intended to protect pedestrians, accidents that cause traumatic injuries to pedestrians continue to occur. In many cases, these crashes lead to life-changing brain injuries for the victims.

Legal options regarding brain injuries on construction sites

Construction workers in Ontario and elsewhere are exposed to numerous safety hazards, with fall accidents among the most prevalent. For that reason, it is vital for employers in this industry to comply with the safety regulations of both the Ministry of Labour and the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Falls can have catastrophic consequences, including brain injuries and even death.

Damage recovery re brain injuries can be challenging

While head injuries are typically associated with auto accidents and contact sports, other causes exist. Falls make up a significant percentage of brain injuries that occur in Ontario every year. Following a recent incident, a truck driver is being kept in an induced coma to allow swelling on his brain to subside.

Brain injuries: Concussion, TBI, CTE -- what are the differences?

Much research is being done to find ways in which people in Ontario and elsewhere can be protected from suffering head injuries. Although the emphasis is placed on athletes -- particularly in contact sports like football and hockey -- car accidents, domestic violence and many other causes of brain injuries exist. A new study brought more clarity to the differences between concussion, traumatic brain injuries and chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

What are different types and causes of acquired brain injuries?

Different causes for brain damages exist. For Ontario residents, confusion is sometimes caused concerning ABI and TBI. Acquired brain injuries are those that were not inherited, degenerative, congenital or caused by trauma at birth. Therefore, any brain injuries suffered after birth are acquired injuries and classified as mild, moderate or severe. Any brain injury is serious, regardless of its classification.

Brain injuries are not always identified immediately

After a severe bump to the head or a shaking motion in a car accident or sports activity, damage to the brain may not be recognized as such. The rapid movement of the head in an incident like a rear-end crash can cause the brain to smash against the inside walls of the skull, often causing traumatic brain injuries. It can be challenging for Ontario doctors to determine whether a particular injury is a TBI or the effect of other injuries suffered in the same accident. 

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