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What is it really like to live with traumatic brain injuries?

The Brain Injury Society of Toronto reminds people that accidents can happen to anyone at any time. Traumatic brain injuries are often the result, and along with the victims, the consequences affect their communities, including family members, friends and caregivers. Surviving brain injury victims often become isolated while dealing with emotional, behavioural and physical changes and challenges.

Comparing traumatic brain injuries with a broken or lost smartphone could help people understand the devastation caused by TBI. When a mobile phone breaks, the owner can be devastated because of the loss of all the contacts, photos, social connections and more. If it can be repaired, the processing might be affected, and the memory might not be what it used to be. That is comparable to what traumatic brain injury victims experience.

The society says the annual rate of TBI incidents exceeds the combined total of spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, breast cancer and HIV/AIDS. The data also shows that 50,000 brain injuries occur in Canada each year, and over 11,000 deaths result from traumatic brain injuries annually. Furthermore, TBI is the primary cause of disability and deaths of Canadians under 40 years old.

Along with the physical and emotional consequences of brain injuries, victims and their families in Toronto must deal with financial impact. If another party's negligence caused TBI, there might be grounds for a civil lawsuit in pursuit of financial relief. This is a complicated field of the law, which is usually best navigated by an experienced personal injury lawyer in Toronto. Damages that are typically included documented losses for current and future medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

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