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Brain injuries leading cause of death in Canada

As part of an awareness campaign for disabilities, important statistics were recently reported. Brain injuries are reportedly the leading cause of disability and death in Canada, including Ontario. Alarmingly, more than 450 people in Canada suffer brain injuries each day. That means 165,000 brain injuries per year. It also equates to an average of one brain injury suffered every three minutes.

Some of the causes of brain injuries include aneurysms, strokes and substance abuse. However, a significant number of brain injuries follow sports injuries and vehicle accidents. In many cases, people whose heads are banged do not even realize the damage done. Every time the brain smashes into the rigid walls of the skull, nerves and cells are damaged. Although it seems insignificant, brain trauma can become apparent weeks or months later.

Sometimes, years after brain trauma, people who suffered from brain trauma without realizing the severity can begin finding problems with their vision or hearing. Memory can also be compromised long after the injury. Brain injuries can happen to anyone at any time, and the consequences can be life-altering.

If a person in Ontario suffers brain injuries, the financial, emotional and physical damage could be overwhelming. In some cases, brain injuries prevent patients' from going back to work and participating in other favourite activities. However, if another person's negligence caused the incident, the injured victim could pursue financial relief. Legal proceedings can be complicated. However, with an experienced personal injury lawyer's support and guidance, documented claims for current and future losses might be covered by a monetary judgment.

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