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Devastating changes to the lives of brain injury victims

On Behalf of | Feb 22, 2021 | Brain Injuries |

Catastrophic accidents typically have devastating consequences. In the blink of an eye, brain injuries can change the lives of the victims, their loved ones, friends and colleagues. Brain injuries cause a significant percentage of deaths and disabilities throughout Canada.

Typical causes of brain injuries

  • Vehicle accidents – topping the list
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Falls
  • Work-related accidents
  • Sports injuries
  • Assaults
  • Medical diseases and conditions like meningitis, tumours and aneurysms
  • Poisonings like carbon monoxide and other toxins
  • Asphyxia

Brain injury effects

The brain is the most complicated organ in the human body. It is the body’s control centre, and different areas control different aspects of a person’s life. Consequences could affect a victim physically, and there could be cognitive, emotional and behavioural impairments. The damage could cause temporary or permanent damage. Although each traumatic brain injury is unique, some commonalities exist depending on the area traumatized and the level of nerve damage done.

Possible cognitive effects

  • Loss of memory
  • Slow information processing
  • Problems with memory processing
  • Attention and concentration problems
  • Impaired judgment
  • Social, behavioural challenges
  • Impaired problem-solving abilities

Physical challenges

  • Impaired movement
  • Partial or full paralysis
  • Balance and coordination problems
  • Fatigue
  • Chronic pain
  • Sleep problems
  • Seizures

Emotional impairments

  • Inability to express emotions appropriately
  • Tendency to be frustrated
  • Mood swings
  • Difficulty to manage anger
  • Possible depression

Difficulties related to communication

  • Speech impairments
  • Trouble finding the right words
  • Difficulty to understand written, oral and non-verbal language

Sensory impairments

  • Loss of smell or taste senses
  • Hearing or vision difficulties

Victims of brain injuries caused by other parties’ negligence could pursue damage recovery by filing personal injury lawsuits. In a case such as a brain injury that could cause permanent losses, plaintiffs could pursue claims for past and future financial, emotional and physical damages.