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Putting a monetary value on the changes caused by brain injuries

During Brain Injury Awareness Month throughout June in Ontario and across the country, the public can learn how such catastrophic injuries affect the lives of victims. Traumatic brain injuries can be the result of head trauma caused by car accidents, assaults, falls and other traumas. If another person's negligence or recklessness caused the injuries, victims might have grounds to pursue claims for financial relief

However, how does one put a monetary value on the lifestyle changes caused by traumatic brain injuries? The severity and area of the brain cell damage determine the adverse impact on the victim's life. Although some brain injuries heal over time, for many victims, the changes are permanent.

Traumatic brain injuries could affect the mobility, speech and focus of the victim. They could adversely impact the sense of responsibility, social and personal boundaries, self-awareness and safety. Victims may never be able to return to work, drive a vehicle or manage other routine activities. In some cases, brain injury victims need service animals or assistive devices, and participation in certain sports activities may be impossible.

While medical and therapy service bills can be used to calculate damages, determining the monetary amount to claim in a personal injury lawsuit needs special skills. This is where the services of an Ontario lawyer who has experience in helping those who suffered brain injuries caused by others can be invaluable. Legal counsel can assist with documenting damages for adjudication by the court and provide support and guidance throughout ensuing legal proceedings. Along with financial losses, the lawyer can work to recover emotional and psychological damages.

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