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Brain injuries are a whole lot more serious than seeing stars

According to statistics, 452 people in Canada, including Ontario, suffer serious brain injuries each day. That equals one victim every three minutes. Many people play down the seriousness of brain injuries by using euphemisms like "seeing stars" and "getting your bell rung." However, the consequences are typically severe enough to prevent almost all brain injury victims from returning to their full-time employment.

Other alarming statistics indicate that acquired brain injuries are the primary cause of disabilities and death worldwide. When comparing incidences of different injuries or conditions in Canada, brain injuries are 44 times more likely than injuries to the spinal cord. In like manner, it occurs 30 times more frequently than breast cancer and as much as 400 times more than HIV/AIDS. The total occurrences of spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, breast cancer and HIV/AIDS each year do not equal annual instances of acquired brain injuries in Canada.

A significant percentage of those victims die or become permanently or partially disabled, many of which are children. Another concerning statistic shows that many people who experience acquired brain injuries suffer subsequent incidents of brain trauma. Health experts reckon there is also an increased risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder or depression. Furthermore, victims whose brain injuries are not treated often turn to self-medication with drugs, alcohol and other substances.

Not all victims of brain injuries in Ontario realize that they might have grounds to pursue financial relief through the civil justice system. If they can show that another party's negligence caused their injuries, they could file personal injury lawsuits. The claim's successful presentation before the court might lead to a monetary judgment to cover previous and future financial and other damages.

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