Across Ontario and the rest of Canada, June will be Brain Injury Awareness Month. Organisations will aim to create awareness about acquired brain injuries. One victim recently described how her life had changed after another driver who was travelling at a speed of 50 to 60 kilometres per hour rear-ended her car at a red light in 2015.
Brain injuries are often invisible; in fact, doctors examined this woman’s back and neck after the accident and then sent her home, where she nearly fell over in her kitchen the following day — without realising that it was a sign of injuries to her brain. It is not uncommon for such injuries to rob a victim of the ability to distinguish the symptoms for what they are. The woman — now 55 years old — says she is trying to deal with the many symptoms of a brain injury while trying to get her life back in order.
She says she is sensitive to light and sound, and suffers headaches and pain in her ears and eyes. She has brief moments of paralysis and a speech impediment, along with a struggle to express her thoughts verbally. Furthermore, the injuries led to cognitive issues, including confusion and memory loss, and she has concentration problems with difficulty to organise her mind. Also, completely out of character from before the accident, she is now highly emotional and often finds it difficult to control her tears.
Along with the emotional damage that acquired brain injuries can cause, victims typically have to cope with the financial consequences that could continue for years after the accident. Having an experienced personal injury lawyer on one’s side can be a significant asset for any victim of such an accident in Ontario. A skilled lawyer can assess the victim’s short- and long-term needs when preparing a claim to present to the court in a personal injury lawsuit.
Source: westmanjournal.com, “Life in disarray: Living with a brain injury”, Chris L. Istace, May 25, 2017