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Several agencies form group to teach parents about brain injuries

The risks Ontario youth face during participation in some sports activities have been the subject of many conversations among authorities and parents alike. The Concussion Orientation for Parents of Active Youth (COPAY) was recently established to create awareness and provide parents with the tools and knowledge they need to recognize concussions as brain injuries and know what steps to take when such injuries occur. It is vital that the correct decisions be made immediately after a child suffers a brain injury.

Traumatic brain injuries are exactly that -- traumatic

Many injuries follow acute events, and although they may be severe, most injuries heal eventually. Brain injuries also follow such incidents, but they are often life-changing. People in Ontario who have loved ones that suffered traumatic brain injuries will know that there is a perfect reason for brain injuries to be called traumatic. It is because the consequences of these injuries are typically extremely traumatic for the victim and his or her friends and family.

Brain injuries changed the life of Ontario singer-songwriter

An Ontario singer-songwriter and musician urges bicycle riders to wear helmets. The Windsor-born resident of Walkerville believes she might have escaped traumatic brain injuries had she worn a helmet on the day in June 2016 when she crashed. She explains how her life has changed after that day of which she remembers nothing.

Fatal brain injuries might have caused pedestrian's death

Pedestrians on the streets of cities in Ontario will always be vulnerable, particularly after dark. When pedestrians are struck, brain injuries are often the result, and, in many cases, victims do not survive. Brain injuries typically have an adverse effect on the lives of victims and their loved ones. The trauma to the loved ones can be exacerbated if the injuries turn out to be fatal.

Mountie awarded over $700,000 for on-the-job brain injuries

On Feb. 15, 2011, a police officer who headed up a Royal Canadian Mountie Police detachment's drug unit in another province was involved in a motor vehicle crash. He also played a role in undercover investigations across the country, including in Ontario. On that day he was heading to a secret drop location when a collision caused him to suffer brain injuries. The events of that day ultimately led to a court recently awarding him more than $700,000 in monetary damages.

Living with traumatic brain injuries

Following a head injury, life may never be the same -- not for the victim nor his or her loved ones. Although it is possible to recover damages through the Ontario civil justice system if brain injuries were cause by another party's negligence, victims are hardly ever able to anticipate the full extent of their losses at the time of the lawsuit. The physical and mental effects may continue to affect the victim's life long after the injury was suffered, and new symptoms could even develop.

Brain Injuries affect victims and caregivers alike

Most people in Ontario might find it difficult to imagine being a competent, healthy person one day, and having to relearn to walk, talk, eat, and more the following day. That is what brain injuries do to people, and authorities say TBI is an epidemic in Canada. In many cases a victim's injuries resulted from another party's negligence, and recovering all the damages caused is almost impossible.

Brain injuries might be spotted sooner with new device

An Ontario entrepreneur was inspired by Rowan's Law to develop a device to detect concussions in hockey players and other sports people. She wants any signs of brain injuries to be identified sooner than relying on spotters or other methods. This law was unanimously passed after a 17-year-old Ottawa rugby player suffered a concussion and was then sent back onto the field too soon. He suffered a second blow to the head and died a week later.

Who can be blamed for a child hockey player's brain injuries?

Some Ontario parents who loved playing hockey when they were children say they hesitate to introduce their young children to the sport now. So much more information about the risks and consequences of concussions and brain injuries is available now, creating more awareness and concern. Fortunately, many sources provide detailed information on recent studies of these injuries along with suggestions to prevent them and explanations of the most effective treatment.

Brain injuries can force families to sacrifice financial security

Life can present unanticipated curves that can yank the rug from under families and force them to face an entirely different lifestyle. Most people in Ontario will not be prepared for the consequences of themselves or their loved ones suffering traumatic or acquired brain injuries. When it happens as the result of another person's negligence, skilled legal counsel will be invaluable.

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