Every June, campaigns that focus on brain injury awareness are run across Canada. Reportedly, about 150,000 people suffer Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI) each year. One shocking statistic is that a brain injury occurs somewhere in Canada every 3.5 minutes. In fact, brain injuries are the leading cause of disability and death worldwide.
Estimates suggest that, right now, approximately 500,000 Ontarians live with an ABI.
What is an Acquired Brain Injury?
Any brain injury could lead to permanent disability or even death. An ABI refers to brain trauma or damage that results from traumatic events after birth. Congenital disorders or progressively degenerative diseases do not cause ABIs. The brain is a delicate and complex organ with numerous areas that could be damaged, each of which could cause unique, long-term difficulties.
Typical causes of ABI
Here are the most prevalent causes of ABI and the estimated percentages of occurrences:
- Motor vehicle accidents (45%)
- Bicycle accidents (10%)
- Falls (10%)
- Work-related injuries (10%)
- Assaults, sports injuries and various other traumatic incidents (10%)
- Medical diseases or conditions, such as tumours, aneurysms, meningitis and more (10%)
- Asphyxia, poisoning or toxins like carbon monoxide (5%)
Brain injury facts
- Across Canada, ABI is the leading cause of disability and death among people younger than 35 years.
- The highest ABI rate is among victims between 15 and 24 years old.
- ABI injuries occur 10 times more frequently than spinal cord injuries.
- More males than females incur ABIs.
- In Ontario, brain injury-related deaths exceed 800 per year.
- Over 12,000 Ontarians are left with debilitating brain injuries every year.
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of ABIs in Canada. Such accidents are often preventable and the result of driver negligence. If you have suffered an ABI due to someone else’s carelessness, you may be facing health and quality-of-life consequences that impact you for the rest of your life. It’s important to discuss your situation with a personal injury attorney who can help to ensure you receive fair compensation for all you have lost.