A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is damage to the brain that occurs as a result of an accident or trauma to the head, as opposed to an illness or congenital condition. The injuries can range from mild (concussions), to severe and debilitating. The effects of a TBI are dependent upon the severity and location of the injury.
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How Traumatic Brain Injuries Occur
Over 50,000 people sustain brain injuries each year in Canada and the figure is on the rise, according to the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. A TBI can occur when the head is jolted, struck by an object, or impaled. Automobile accidents are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries in the nation, comprising 50 percent of all TBIs, according to the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.
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Some of the ways in which our clients have sustained trauma to the brain are listed below
- Car, truck, and bus accidents.
- Motorcycle and bicycle accidents.
- Construction site accidents.
- Being struck by a falling object.
- Work-related accidents.
- Slip and fall accidents.
Symptoms and Effects of a TBI
A brain injury can affect a person’s cognitive abilities, personality, physical capacity, and emotions. The symptoms of a brain injury can vary widely from one victim to the next; much depends on what part of the brain sustained the damage.
Some of the effects of TBIs are listed below.
- Loss of consciousness or coma.
- Impaired thinking and memory.
- Emotional instability and depression.
- Confusion, learning disabilities, easily distracted.
- Social issues, including anxiety and social inappropriateness.
- Changes in vision (blurred and/or double vision).
- Changes in sense of smell.
- Ringing in ears.
- Problems communicating.
People with a TBI may have a hard time functioning in everyday life. They might not be able to continue working in the same capacity they once did. Their marriage and relationships might be greatly affected, and the entire direction of their life could be thwarted. Victims who sustain TBIs in accidents that were the result of another party’s negligence or fault can contact a brain injury lawyer to discuss the types of legal options that may be available.
Compensable Damages on TBI Negligence Claims
If you or your loved one qualify to file a claim for a TBI, you might be able to obtain compensation for numerous types of losses. A brain injury lawyer can help you calculate the amount of your particular claim, but a few examples of the compensable damages that can be included on a negligence claim are listed below.
- Medical bills.
- Current and future treatments.
- Lost wages and loss of benefits.
- Disability and lost capacity to work.
- Effect of the injury on your relationships.
- Loss of enjoyment in life.
- Emotional damages.
- Pain and suffering.
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