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Brain injuries: Consequences can be temporary or permanent

| Nov 19, 2020 | Brain Injuries |

When another person’s negligence causes an accident that leaves a victim injured, it would only be natural for the injured person to want to hold someone responsible for financial and other damages. The Ontario civil justice system allows the filing of personal injury lawsuits. However, if the victim suffered head trauma, he or she might be wise not to rush with filing a claim. The reason is that the impact of brain injuries on the victim may not be immediately evident. The statute of limitations for filing personal injury claims in Ontario is two years from the date of discovering the full impact of the injuries.

Many of the consequences of brain injuries are present in the aftermath of the accident. Some of them may only be a problem for a short period, but no one can predict which issues will linger for months or even years. Alertness and mobility are two difficulties that may or may not improve. Regarding mobility, there could be weakness or paralysis on both or only one side of the body. Balance and coordination could be weakened, and endurance levels might be low.

Trembling or muscle stiffness may occur, and movements, which healthy people do automatically, might have to be planned by a brain injury victim. Furthermore, speech, language, senses, swallowing, sleep patterns, and bladder or bowel control may be temporarily or permanently impaired. The patient could experience chronic pain and fatigue and might have seizures and sleep disorders.

These are but some of the consequences that could affect the lives of victims of brain injuries. The financial impact of mounting medical bills and lost income could be severe, not to mention the emotional trauma. It might be sensible to wait as long as possible before filing a personal injury lawsuit to ensure that documented claims cover not only current losses but also long-term damages. However, if the statute of limitations of Ontario expires before legal action is taken, the plaintiff might no longer have a valid claim.