Many victims of car accidents in Ontario are left with life-changing injuries. Upon the impact of a collision, some of the most common injuries involve head trauma. Even without a penetrating wound to the head, brain injuries could follow a blow to the head that shakes or jars the brain. The consequences could range from a mild concussion to a severe head injury.
The symptoms of a traumatic brain injury could be present immediately after an accident or develop over time. The following might indicate brain trauma:
- Problems with remembering new information
- Inability to think clearly
- Experiencing dizziness, vision problems and headaches
- Sleeping less or more than usual
- Feelings of sadness, nervousness or irritability that leads to anger
Victims or loved ones should discuss any of these symptoms with a doctor.
Some victims of mild traumatic brain injuries recover fully with rest. Others need years of various types of treatment, at high often at high financial costs. Treatment might include the following:
- Medicines to relieve chronic pain, headaches and sleep problems
- Medications for relief of depression, memory problems and anxiety
- Language and speech therapy to relearn producing and understanding language
- Occupational and physical therapy to regain independence and cope with daily activities
- Therapy to relearn problem-solving abilities and day-to-day task organizing
- Counselling in understanding thoughts and how to cope with feelings
- Support groups and social support to provide opportunities to talk with others with similar conditions
All these methods of treatment could help brain injury victims to get back to usual activities.
The physical, emotional and financial consequences of a traumatic brain injury can be long lasting. If you’ve suffered a brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to file a personal injury claim to obtain compensation for all of your current and long-term damages.