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Severe brain injuries and their impact on a victim's life

Neurological damage to the brain causes physiological changes. Understandably, severe brain injuries impact the life of the victim. The extent of the injuries will depend on the location of the damage to brain cells. Ontario victims of severe brain injuries in car accidents or other incidents that resulted from another party's negligence might have grounds to take legal steps for the recovery of monetary damages.

There are different types of brain injuries. Closed head injuries involve the brain smashing into the skull's inner walls. This may cause bruising and bleeding that that lead to excessive intracranial pressure, fluid buildup, tissue damage and neurochemical changes. Penetrating injuries occur when foreign objects break or fracture the skull and enter the brain.

Severe brain injuries can be anoxic, which happen when oxygen starvation destroys brain cells, resulting in widespread brain damage. Toxic brain injuries occur during exposure or ingestion of toxic chemical agents that kill or damage brain cells. Each brain injury is unique, and consequences could include cognitive, physiologic, psychological, emotional and/or behavioural changes.

A survivor's life may never be the same. Disabling pain and headaches could persist, and coordination problems might affect physical functions, such as walking and standing. Cognitive damages may compromise memory, thinking and language. Although no amount of money can resolve all these issues, a monetary judgment in a civil personal injury lawsuit could ease current and future financial hardships. An Ontario lawyer with extensive experience in dealing claims involving victims of brain injuries could provide valuable support and guidance throughout ensuing legal proceedings.

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