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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.

Car accident victims with brain injuries could recover damages

Victims of car accidents that resulted from another party's negligence might have grounds to pursue financial relief through the Ontario civil justice. An example of a successful lawsuit was recently reported in another province. That case followed a 2014 accident between a car and a tractor-trailer, leaving the car's driver with debilitating brain injuries.

Children's neck pillows pose risks of brain injuries

Health Canada reported that children who use a specific brand of neck pillow risk exposure to lead. According to health safety authorities, brain injuries are one of the consequences of lead exposure. A recall notice was issued for these U-shaped pillows manufactured in another country and sold in Ontario and other provinces.

Brain injuries a common result of vehicle accidents

Motorists in Ontario might find reports of a significant increase in serious car accidents in a neighbouring province alarming. This year may prove to have more severe and catastrophic auto accidents than in the last 10 years. Injuries include amputations, spinal cord damage that cause paralysis and brain injuries -- all of which are potentially life-changing.

Traumatic brain injuries cause concussions

Statistics show that more than 200,000 Canadians suffer concussions each year. Authorities say concussions are the primary cause of disability in Ontario and other provinces. Traumatic brain injuries cause them, and even if the victim does not lose consciousness, the trauma can still affect the brain. Some of the symptoms may escape recognition because they can be subtle.

Brain injuries: Alcohol consumption a problem for students

The desire for young women to be accepted into campus sororities in Ontario could have life-long consequences. The previous belief that the most critical time for brain development is during infancy has made way for research results that indicate differently. Alcohol consumption at any age could damage the brain. Brain injuries caused by accidents are not the only way in which the brain can be damaged.

Brain injuries: Medical advice is crucial after concussion

In Toronto, victims of car accidents could be unaware of head trauma if there are no apparent injuries like penetration wounds to their heads. The whiplash motion of the head upon the impact of a collision can cause hidden brain injuries. The rapid backward and forward or side-to-side motion of the head causes the brain to smash into the skull. Different areas of the brain could be damaged, though not necessarily immediately evident.

Why are brain injuries often not immediately diagnosed?

Victims of car accidents or other tragedies in Ontario who suffered head trauma might not have concerning symptoms immediately. However, concussions can occur even without puncture wounds. Many people do not know that undiagnosed concussions could have life-altering health consequences. Immediately after an incident that caused brain trauma, medical examinations will focus on possible brain injuries. However, symptoms of concussions could begin surfacing after days or even weeks, by which time, they may not be linked to an accident.

Adjusting to life after traumatic brain injuries

Car accidents can leave victims with life-altering injuries. Some of the most severe ones are those caused by an accident that involves a large truck. An Ontario woman recently spoke about the consequences of brain injuries she suffered when a garbage truck rear-ended her car at a red traffic light. It took her five years before she found a treatment method that brought relief.

Cyclist in coma after suffering brain injuries, broken neck

Cyclists in Ontario and elsewhere are vulnerable. With hardly any protection, bicycle riders usually suffer critical or even catastrophic injuries when struck by cars. Even with a riding helmet, brain injuries can occur. One such an accident left a 26-year-old amateur athlete and teacher in a coma. On June 26, the man was struck by a vehicle while cycling in the interior.

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