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The financial and emotional toll of brain injuries can be severe

by | Nov 16, 2018 | Brain Injuries |

Two years ago, an 18-year-old woman in Ontario was hospitalized in critical condition. She was a rear seat passenger in a car that was involved in a crash that left her barely alive. Her aorta and bladder were torn, her lungs collapsed, and she had a fractured pelvis. Doctors had little hope because she suffered massive brain injuries that left her with bleeding on the brain, and she spent the following six weeks in a coma.

Against the expectations of medical professionals that she would be severely disabled if she survived, the young woman’s will to recover took her back the campus of Western University barely six months later. She managed to attend summer school and catch up with her studies, allowing her to walk across the stage and accept her bachelor’s degree in Medical Sciences (Honours). She is currently studying for a Global Health master’s degree at McMaster University.

This underscores the fact that severe brain injuries could be overcome. However, the process takes a substantial financial and emotional toll. This young woman says she has ongoing medical problems, and their impact makes her day-to-day living challenging. However, she accepts that the journey is far from over.

Anyone in Ontario who is suffering the consequences of brain injuries will know that the financial impact can be severe and ongoing. If the cause of the injuries was a car accident that resulted from another party’s negligence, the injured victim likely has grounds to pursue financial relief. An experienced personal injury lawyer can assess the case and determine whether a civil lawsuit is viable. The support and guidance of legal counsel can improve the chances of recovering maximum compensation for economic and emotional damages.