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More than half of all brain injuries go unreported

Brain Injury Canada says about one million Canadians live with some type of brain injury. The negligence of others caused many of those brain injuries. Car accidents, sports injuries, violence and trip or slip-and-fall accidents are often alleged to have been caused by others when personal injury lawsuits are filed in the civil courts of Ontario.

Many people do not realize that a concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury, and although the symptoms may disappear within days, repeated concussions, such as those suffered on the sports field, cause cumulative brain damage, which can ultimately have devastating consequences. Authorities say more than half the brain injuries go unreported. Also, only about 10 per cent of brain injuries cause loss of consciousness.

Although the reason for symptoms to be prolonged and persistent after some concussions is still a mystery, it is reported that about one-third of concussion victims suffer post-concussion syndrome, which means that the symptoms continue for four weeks or longer. While a large number of recorded brain injuries are suffered in car accidents and on sports fields, falls -- especially among older people -- make up a significant percentage. Reportedly, the growing number Canada's ageing population is expected to cause an increase in brain injuries due to falls.

Anyone in Ontario who suffered brain injuries due to the negligence of another driver, a sports coach, an assailant or a property owner might have grounds to pursue recovery of damages. An experienced personal injury lawyer can assess the circumstances and determine the viability of a claim. If grounds exist, the lawyer can navigate the ensuing legal proceedings in pursuit of damage recovery on behalf of the injured victim.

Source: completeconcussions.com, "11 facts about traumatic brain injury and concussion", Accessed on May 4, 2018

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