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Society needs to learn how to embrace victims of brain injuries

| Jan 22, 2019 | Brain Injuries |

Following some injury types, social skills must be rekindled. An excellent example is brain injuries, which are often hidden injuries that make it difficult for others to understand. They may be mistaken for a behavioural issues, and brain-injured people in Ontario might feel that they are treated like children. The reality is that these conditions are neurophysiological, not behavioral, and they typically require neuroplastic treatment along with several layers of practical, cognitive, physical and social support.

The manner in which others treat them often exacerbates the trauma suffered by victims of brain injuries. It is not uncommon for friends, family members and anyone with whom they have social contact to expect a person with an injured brain to recover and repair their social skills. The truth is that the only way for brain injury victims to maintain some level of social life is for healthy people to learn how to socialize with brain injury victims.

Brain injury victims often become lonely because their friends do not know how to deal with the injuries, and instead, they walk away. One victim says that, although day programs are available, they only provide an opportunity for brain injured victims to socialize with each other, whereas rejoining society is the primary problem. She further noted that the awareness campaigns focus on the dangers of contact sports and how to avoid brain injuries; however, there is a need for awareness about how not to treat brain-injured people like children.

Victims of brain injuries in Ontario typically have to deal with long-term therapy and treatment, often adding the financial burden to the psychological hardships. If the negligence of others caused their injuries, they might have grounds to pursue financial relief through the civil justice system. Legal counsel can provide the necessary support and guidance throughout ensuing proceedings.