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Acquired brain injuries affects millions of victims, families

Although brain injury awareness is promoted during June each year, this silent epidemic deserves increased attention throughout the year. According to Brain Injury Canada, 1.5 million people in Ontario and other provinces live with the consequences of acquired brain injuries. Furthermore, each year about 160,000 more Canadians suffer traumatic brain injuries.

The number of people with acquired brain injuries exceeds the combined totals of victims of breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries. These injuries could follow any jolt, bump or blow that causes damage to brain cells as it smashes into the hard inside of the skull. The numbers include only those injuries that originate from outside the victims' bodies.

Typical causes include auto accidents, assaults, falls, sports injuries, domestic violence and shaken baby syndrome, combat injuries and explosive blasts. The severity and location of the damage to the brain cells typically determine how the victim is affected. Each brain injury is unique, and the effects could be immediately evident or develop in the weeks or months following the incident that cause the trauma, and some people recover over time, while others suffer permanent harm.

Brain injury victims, along with their loved ones, family and friends, can be affected by unique combinations of changes and challenges to their lives. If another party's negligence caused brain injuries, victims might have grounds to pursue financial relief. Anyone with questions about Ontario's civil justice system can consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer who can assess the viability of a lawsuit and provide the necessary support and guidance throughout ensuing legal proceedings.

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