According to Brain Injury Canada, millions of people in Ontario and other provinces live with the day-to-day effects of acquired brain injury. ABI involves brain damage not linked to a degenerative or congenital disease but acquired after birth. Acquired brain injuries can happen after traumatic injuries, infectious diseases, oxygen deprivation of the brain, tumours, seizures, substance abuse or other toxic exposure.
About 1.5 million people across Canada live with ABI, and about 160,000 more are added each year. The negligence of others may have caused many brain injuries, and coping with the consequences involves many aspects of people’s lives. A man in another province described how a bicycle-related brain injury suffered at age 10 affected his life for 50 years. The problems started when he returned to school after recovery and endured being mocked by other children.
During his teenage years, he found an escape in drinking alcohol and soon became an alcoholic. He went for rehabilitation after finding it impossible to go to work nursing a hangover each day. He got married later, had a son and has been sober for 37 years. He now dedicates his time to helping other victims of ABI.
When brain injuries occur due to another party’s negligence, the victim might have grounds to seek financial relief. While no amount of money can wipe out all the emotional suffering, it could ease the ongoing financial burden. The best person to help with the navigation of a personal injury lawsuit would be a lawyer with extensive experience fighting in the corner of ABI victims.