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Returning to recreational activities after brain injuries

by | Nov 11, 2020 | Brain Injuries |

Victims of accidents in Ontario may not immediately realize the severity of the injuries’ impact on their lives following physical recovery. This applies especially to those who suffered brain injuries. Dealing with the consequences is made more difficult because each brain injury is unique, depending on the area of the brain that was damaged.

Therefore, no one can prepare the accident victim for how his or her daily life would be affected. Once physical injuries have healed, the cognitive damage might take years of rehabilitation to overcome, if at all. The recovery process could be slow, and returning to leisure and recreational activities might pose significant challenges. However, using favourite recreational activities as a tool in rehabilitation has helped many people to recover.

Nevertheless, participation in activities may not be possible immediately. It will be a progressive process that could be slow because trying to do too much too soon could negatively impact one’s psychological condition. Challenges to overcome during rehabilitation could include reduced attention span and concentration, reduced stamina, lack of motivation, and fatigue. Similarly, problem-solving and planning skills may be compromised, and physical problems like dizziness, headaches and other symptoms might still linger.

Adapting life to the new normal could become overwhelming. If the brain injuries resulted from another party’s negligence, it would only be natural to want to hold that party responsible for financial and emotional damages. The Ontario civil justice system provides a platform for seeking financial relief. Filing a personal injury lawsuit and proving negligence could ultimately lead to a monetary judgment to cover past and future losses.