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Brain injuries can affect the lives of more than only the victims

Millions of the relatives and family members of brain injury victims share the traumatic consequences every single day. Reportedly, the number of Canadians who live with traumatic brain injuries is estimated at half a million, including many in Toronto. The lives of victims and their loved ones can change in the blink of an eye.

The brain controls everybody's ability to breathe, move, think, make decisions and interact, making it the most powerful and complex organ in the body. The effects of brain injuries can range from mild to severe, depending on the location of the brain in which damage occurred as well as the extent of the damage. Brain injuries can occur even without penetration of the skull because any significant jolt of the head can cause bruising as the brain smashes into the inside of the skull.

It is not uncommon for the effects of brain injuries to be invisible to others, and the changes victims undergo are often judged by individuals who are ignorant of the reasons. Even when they talk and walk without problems, brain injury victims might experience difficulties with organizing their thoughts, and they could have memory problems while struggling to follow conversations. Impulse control can be a problem, and that can affect social awareness and result in arguments with people around them.

These, along with a long list of additional potential changes in the health and demeanor of brain injury victims, can complicate the lives of other members of the household and even other relatives and friends. Years of therapy and medical treatment could be necessary, all at significant costs -- both financial and emotional. For that reason, any victims of brain injuries that were caused by the negligence of other parties are entitled to pursue financial relief for past and future damages through the Toronto civil justice system. An experienced personal injury lawyer can explain the available options and provide support and guidance throughout ensuing legal proceedings.

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