When anyone in Ontario or elsewhere receives a blow to the head in a car accident, on the sports field or due to an assault, the consequences could be life-changing. Traumatic brain injuries, including concussions, could cause cognitive problems that might resolve within days or weeks, but could last for months, and might even be permanent. It could prevent the victim from returning to work or school, and he or she may struggle to cope with normal activities and relationships.
Cognitive challenges typically involve difficulty with concentrating, paying attention, remembering, learning new things and making decisions. Those with other conditions such as attention deficit disorder, anxiety, mood disorders, learning disabilities and sleep disorders could be more severely affected than others are. Cognitive difficulties in those individuals typically last longer.
A consultation with a neuropsychologist can serve to assess the cognitive challenges and strengths. Based on the results of those tests, plans can be discussed about rehabilitation strategies and therapy required to reduce symptoms gradually. The fortunate ones might overcome cognitive difficulties within days or weeks, and others might only recover after three to six months. However, some might never recover fully.
Dealing with the cognitive difficulties brought about by brain injuries could be challenging, whether it is only for a couple of weeks or permanently. If the accident or incident that caused the injuries was the fault of another party, the victim might have grounds to pursue financial relief to ease the burden of medical expenses and lost income. An experienced personal injury lawyer in Ontario can assist with the legalities of a civil lawsuit to recover financial and emotional damages.