Construction workers in Ontario and elsewhere are exposed to numerous safety hazards, with fall accidents among the most prevalent. For that reason, it is vital for employers in this industry to comply with the safety regulations of both the Ministry of Labour and the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Falls can have catastrophic consequences, including brain injuries and even death.
While head injuries are typically associated with auto accidents and contact sports, other causes exist. Falls make up a significant percentage of brain injuries that occur in Ontario every year. Following a recent incident, a truck driver is being kept in an induced coma to allow swelling on his brain to subside.
Much research is being done to find ways in which people in Ontario and elsewhere can be protected from suffering head injuries. Although the emphasis is placed on athletes -- particularly in contact sports like football and hockey -- car accidents, domestic violence and many other causes of brain injuries exist. A new study brought more clarity to the differences between concussion, traumatic brain injuries and chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
Different causes for brain damages exist. For Ontario residents, confusion is sometimes caused concerning ABI and TBI. Acquired brain injuries are those that were not inherited, degenerative, congenital or caused by trauma at birth. Therefore, any brain injuries suffered after birth are acquired injuries and classified as mild, moderate or severe. Any brain injury is serious, regardless of its classification.
After a severe bump to the head or a shaking motion in a car accident or sports activity, damage to the brain may not be recognized as such. The rapid movement of the head in an incident like a rear-end crash can cause the brain to smash against the inside walls of the skull, often causing traumatic brain injuries. It can be challenging for Ontario doctors to determine whether a particular injury is a TBI or the effect of other injuries suffered in the same accident.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.