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Brain injuries: Symptoms and consequences

Sometimes people in Ontario and other provinces or territories suffer blows to their heads without realizing the harm that was done because symptoms might be delayed. When symptoms do appear, they might not be associated with the incident, thereby delaying the diagnosis and prompt treatment of brain injuries. The complications of brain injuries can be limited by early treatment.

Others might notice telltale signs of brain injuries in a friend or family member, which might include a slow response in answering questions, slurred speech, a vacant stare, staggered walking and confusion, along with weakness or numbness on one side of his or her body. Symptoms that the victim might become aware of headaches and dizziness, impaired vision and light sensitivity. There could be vomiting or nausea, short-term memory problems and concentration and thinking could become a problem.

Living with the long-term consequences of multiple concussions or another traumatic brain injury can take a toll. A victim might experience anxiety, irritability and insomnia, along with possible memory loss and noise and light sensitivity. A simple trip to the grocery store can be overwhelming with all the people, lights, noises and other stimuli, and those living with brain injuries could find it difficult to ease back into normal life and existing relationships.

Victims of brain injuries in Ontario may not realize that they might be entitled to pursue claims for financial relief. With the support and guidance of an experienced personal injury lawyer, the person whose negligence caused the injuries might be held accountable for damages. Claims could include financial losses like medical expenses and lost income along with pain and suffering and other non-economic damages.

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