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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. 

When the brain is injured, various brain functions may be disrupted, depending on the area in which the damage occurred. The injured person can become excessively sleepy, and along with struggling to pay attention or concentrate, he or she may find it difficult to switch from one task to the next. These impairments can cause irritability, diminished libido, emotional outbursts and depression.

It is essential to have a proper medical evaluation after a head injury. Medical professionals such as neuropsychologists can test the different areas of the brain to identify and localize any damage that occurred. For example, if the patient notes an altered or diminished sense of smell, it could indicate damage to the frontal lobe of the brain, which is also the section that plays a role in executive functions. This is the ability to plan efficiently and then execute those plans.

Damage to different areas of the brain can have different consequences -- all of them traumatic. Brain injuries can cause severe stress on relationships with family, friends and colleagues, and although some types of TBI heal over time, adapting to the psychological changes can be challenging to all. If the brain injuries were caused by the negligence of another person, the victim might pursue claims for financial relief. With the skilled guidance and support of an experienced personal injury lawyer, financial and emotional damages -- both past and future -- may be pursued through the Ontario civil justice system.

Source: nbia.ca, "Symptoms Of Brain Injury", Accessed on Jan. 5, 2018

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