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Getting over brain injuries could require long-term therapy

A report by the McGill University Health Centre about its Critical Illness Recovery Program underscores how head trauma can change a victim's life. Victims of brain injuries in Ontario might be interested in a victim of such injuries in another province. A 54-year-old man landed in intensive care after taking a serious fall while riding his bicycle last July. He was in a coma from which he only awoke two weeks later, with no memory of what happened.

Brain injuries: Consequences can be temporary or permanent

When another person's negligence causes an accident that leaves a victim injured, it would only be natural for the injured person to want to hold someone responsible for financial and other damages. The Ontario civil justice system allows the filing of personal injury lawsuits. However, if the victim suffered head trauma, he or she might be wise not to rush with filing a claim. The reason is that the impact of brain injuries on the victim may not be immediately evident. The statute of limitations for filing personal injury claims in Ontario is two years from the date of discovering the full impact of the injuries.

Returning to recreational activities after brain injuries

Victims of accidents in Ontario may not immediately realize the severity of the injuries' impact on their lives following physical recovery. This applies especially to those who suffered brain injuries. Dealing with the consequences is made more difficult because each brain injury is unique, depending on the area of the brain that was damaged.

Cyclist's life forever changed after suffering brain injuries

When a 35-year-old driver received a 14-month jail sentence for disregarding a red light and not stopping after striking a cyclist in Ontario, many regarded the sentence inadequate. However, regardless of how the criminal court punished this driver, time behind bars could not help the victim of his negligent driving. The cyclist he struck suffered brain injuries that will affect him for the rest of his life.

What if employer's negligence causes worker's brain injuries?

Although most of Ontario's workers are eligible for workers' compensation benefits, an employer's gross negligence might give grounds for seeking additional damage recovery. An example is a case in which a worker suffered severe brain injuries in another province. Although the court fined the contractor and the construction company $40,000 each for noncompliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the victim will not benefit from those fines. In fact, the judge said no amount of compensation could make up for the case's tragedy.

Toronto doctor helps other victims of brain injuries

An article about a Toronto doctor who suffered severe injuries in a car accident in 2013 promotes the positive effect of aerobic exercise. Doctors decided to put the accident victim in a three-day-long induced coma due to the severity of his injuries. He explained how he took charge and recovered from traumatic brain injuries, so much so that he could continue his medical studies.

Brain injuries can be closed or open head injuries

Auto accidents, physical assaults, falls and sports-related accidents cause head injuries to thousands of people in Ontario and other provinces each year. The skull will prevent brain injuries in many cases, but brain damage can occur even without penetration. A hematoma refers to blood collecting or clotting in the brain, causing excessive pressure inside the skull. Loss of consciousness can follow, and it could lead to permanent damage to the brain.

The long-term consequences of brain injuries could be challenging

According to Brain Injury Canada, millions of people in Ontario and other provinces live with the day-to-day effects of acquired brain injury. ABI involves brain damage not linked to a degenerative or congenital disease but acquired after birth. Acquired brain injuries can happen after traumatic injuries, infectious diseases, oxygen deprivation of the brain, tumours, seizures, substance abuse or other toxic exposure.

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.

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