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Brain injuries and the potential of subsequent anosognosia

| Apr 30, 2019 | Brain Injuries |

Many victims of car accidents in Ontario are left with impairments that they might not link to the crash. Head injuries can occur with or without a blow to the head. Even without impact, the whiplash movement of the head during a collision can cause brain injuries. The smashing of the brain against the inside of the skull can be as damaging as a direct impact of the head striking the windshield or another object.

The duration of unconsciousness typically measures the severity of traumatic brain injuries. The consequences of a mild TBI, or concussion, usually lasts for a shorter period than those caused by a severe TBI — except in cases of repeated incidents of concussion. Physical and cognitive impairments that follow can vary according to the location of brain damage and the severity of the injury.

Victims can suffer visual and hearing impairment, loss of sensation, slowed reaction times, and total or partial paralysis. However, sometimes, victims are unaware of problems with memory, attention, sleep disturbances, and other behavioural and cognitive issues. This is a condition called anosognosia, which is a lack of insight by the TBI victim that prevents the person from perceiving or understanding the illness and therefore not seeking medical care.

Car accidents that cause brain injuries can change the lives of victims forever. The financial and emotional consequences can also affect the lives of family members, friends and colleagues. If another party’s negligence caused the accident, an experienced Ontario personal injury lawyer could assist with the navigation of a civil lawsuit to recover economic and noneconomic damages.