Reportedly, approximately 150,000 people in Ontario and across Canada suffer head trauma each year. Every 3 minutes somebody suffers brain injuries, and it could be many more because some concussion victims do not seek medical care. Thus, those cases are not included in public health statistics.
A concussion is an injury to the brain, with potentially serious consequences. It is a traumatic brain injury with specific symptoms that might remain hidden for days or weeks. However, the term “brain injuries” typically refers to conditions like meningitis, strokes and infections of the brain.
A concussion or TBI usually — but not always — follows a blow to the head, and it typically happens when acceleration and deceleration are experienced. A sack of fluid protects the brain, and in circumstances such as the impact of a car accident, the rapid movement of the head can cause the brain to bounce and smash into the rigid inner walls of the skull. Functional damage may occur, with the area and level of brain cell damage will determine the impact on the life of the victim. Such damage is also common in certain types of contact sports, and repeated concussions can have severe consequences.
It is crucial for anyone in Ontario to go for a medical examination after an accident. Establishing a medical record will be necessary if the victim decides to pursue a civil lawsuit in the future. If brain injuries or concussions result from an accident or incident caused by another party’s negligence, the injured person might have grounds to pursue damage recovery, and an experienced personal injury lawyer can assist with the ensuing legal proceedings.