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How many acquired brain injuries occur in Ontario each year

On Behalf of | Dec 14, 2021 | Brain Injuries |

Tis’ the season to be jolly, but it is also a good time to consider the holiday-related dangers. The most frequently reported causes of unplanned hospitalizations in Ontario at this time of the year result from road accidents and personal injuries suffered while rushing to get shopping done. Traumatic brain injuries are often the consequences of avoidable accidents.

Reportedly, an average of 100,000 people suffer traumatic brain injuries each year. That number includes 795 children. In Ontario, there are an estimated 500,000 people with acquired brain injuries. A brain injury has a devastating impact on families and the individuals affected by it.

Facts about brain injuries in Canada

Head trauma often results in traumatic brain injuries that could be life-altering or even fatal. Globally, brain injuries account for the majority of deaths and disabilities. The following statistics show the reason for concern:

  • The rate of disabling brain injuries suffered in Ontario exceeds 12,000 per year.
  • The number of deaths caused by traumatic brain injuries in Ontario is over 800 per year.
  • Canadians under the age of 35 who suffer brain injuries are most likely to die and/or become disabled.
  • The highest rate of brain injuries occurs for those between the ages of 15 – 24.
  • Traumatic brain injuries are more common in men than in women.
  • Compared to spinal cord injuries, brain injuries happen 10 times more often.

The negligence of others is responsible for many traumatic brain injuries. Approximately 45% of brain trauma occurs in motor vehicle accidents and bicycle incidents. A further 10% of brain injuries each year are caused by falls, many of which happen on public property, in shopping malls and/or parking lots.

Victims of traumatic brain injuries caused by the negligence likely have grounds to pursue financial relief. In those circumstances, personal injury lawsuits can be filed in an Ontario civil court to seek recovery medical expenses, lost wages and other documented monetary damages.

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