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Traumatic Brain Injuries

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NEED A BRAIN INJURY LAWYER?

When you need a brain injury lawyer, turn to De Rose. Firstly, an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) is damage to the brain that occurs after birth from a traumatic or non-traumatic event. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is damage to the brain caused by a traumatic event such as a blow to the head, a fall, or a motor vehicle or sports collision.

A concussion is a brain injury which can be caused by a sudden acceleration of the head and neck resulting from a blow or contact to the body. You do not need to lose consciousness to have sustained a concussion. Concussions can occur from many different activities. These include falls, assault, motor vehicle collisions, sports or being struck by an object. Symptoms can appear immediately or, in some cases, days following the initial injury.

According to Brain Injury Canada, 160,000 Canadians suffer from a brain injury annually. Ultimately, the brain is responsible for coordinating the rest of your body, so any damage to it can have catastrophic and life changing consequences.

According to the Ontario Brain Injury Association, these are some but not all of the symptoms you might experience:

Physical:

– Balance and coordination problems
– Difficulty or inability to walk
– Hemiparalysis
– Weakness or difficulty moving arms and legs
– Abnormal muscle tone
– Changes in sensation (i.e. areas of numbness & tingling or areas that are overly sensitive
– Vision problems
– Decreased energy and endurance
– Problems with fatigue
– Difficulty sleeping (i.e. sleep very little, getting days & nights mixed up, etc.)
– Changes in hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting
– Light and sound sensitivity
– Ringing in ears
– Dizziness
– Changes in appetite, either hunger or lack of hunger
– Swallowing problems
– Chronic pain, including headaches
– Increased sensitivity to caffeine, alcohol and other drugs
– Possible seizure activity

Communication:

– Difficulty speaking (forming words)
– Difficulty understanding words/conversation
– Problems reading and understanding what was read
– Inability to write
– Unable to stay on topic
– Problems thinking of the right words

Cognitive (Thinking):

– Disorientation to time, place or person
– Poor concentration, easy distraction, and an inability to stay on topic
– Memory problems
– Slowed thinking and slow responses
– Difficulty with reasoning, reaching logical conclusions, and judgement
– Mind getting stuck on one issue
– Difficulty keeping track of two or more things at once, or following a sequence
– Problems planning, organizing, problem solving, making decisions and initiating tasks
– Requiring direction and structure to accomplish tasks
– Problems with pacing activities
– Acting on impulse
– Difficulty dealing with change
– Lack of awareness, insight into problems, and/or a lack of acceptance
– Lack of flexibility in thinking (i.e. rigid thinking)

Emotional:

– Easy irritability or frustration
– Greater sensitivity to stress
– Depression
– Lack of facial expression
– Emotional outbursts
– Emotional lability i.e. crying for no apparent reason
– Poor coping skills
– Withdrawal from friends and family
– Feelings of grief and loss

Behaviour and Social Skills:

– Hard to ‘keep up’ in social situations
– Inappropriateness, either emotionally, behaviourally, or sexually
– Self-centred or childish behaviour
– Personality changes
– Changes and difficulties with relationships, especially family members
– Greater impulsiveness
– Compulsive talking

Functional Changes:

A decrease or inability to do the following:

– Self-care tasks
– Household management tasks
– Driving a car
– Working or returning to work
– Being involved in previous social and/or hobby activities

Do I Have A Traumatic Brain Injury Claim?

Traumatic brain injuries can be the result of many types of accidents such as automobile accidents, car crashes, motorcycle accidents, vehicle-pedestrian accidents, recreational vehicle accidents, and slip and falls. They seriously affect injury victims’ lives as well as their families.

As an innocent party, you do not deserve to suffer as a result of another person’s mistake for the rest of your life. When your injuries are the result of another person’s negligence, it’s important to seek professional help from an experienced brain injury lawyer.

Traumatic Brain Injury FAQs

How Can I Tell The Difference Between Traumatic Brain Injury And Concussion?

Firstly, traumatic brain injury is abbreviated as TBI whereas concussion is often abbreviated as mTBI (mild traumatic brain injury). In order to tell the difference between traumatic brain injury and concussion, you need to carefully review the symptoms. Major traumatic brain injury symptoms include agitation and irritability; coma; convulsions or seizures; damaged coordination; slurred speech, and trouble concentrating. On the other hand, major concussion symptoms include depression; fatigue; headaches; light and noise sensitivity; nausea, and trouble concentrating.

What Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms Exist?

As previously mentioned, major traumatic brain injury symptoms include agitation and irritability; coma; convulsions or seizures; damaged coordination; slurred speech, and trouble concentrating. Signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injury typically reveal themselves right after a serious accident takes place. Nevertheless, some symptoms are delayed and can show up in the hours and days following an accident. In the aftermath of a serious personal injury, it’s important that family members and your immediate support network provide care and keep a running log of your symptoms. This way, they can be accurately escalated to both a doctor and a team of personal injury lawyers like De Rose.

In What Circumstances Can I Submit A Traumatic Brain Injury Claim?

It’s important to recognize the circumstances in which you can submit a traumatic brain injury claim. Ultimately, your traumatic brain injury must’ve been caused either in part or completely due to another individual’s negligence. The most common causes of traumatic brain injury include distracted and impaired driving; poor municipality road maintenance; inadequate safeguards and procedures, and failure to meet Occupiers’ Liability standards.

After Brain Injuries From Car Accidents, What Timelines Should I Be Aware Of?

There are some important timelines to be aware of when it comes to brain injuries from car accidents. Firstly, you have two years from the date of your injury to file a traumatic brain injury lawsuit. On the other hand, if your traumatic brain injury was the fault of a municipality, a municipality must be notified of your lawsuit within 10 days of the accident date. In regards to the latter, this short deadline makes it even more important to liaise with a traumatic brain injury lawyer immediately.

Elsewhere, for car accidents, you have 60 days to provide written notice of your claim and 7 days to inform your accident benefits insurance company. When you receive an accident benefits application from your insurance company, you have 30 days to complete and submit it. Lastly, when your insurance company submits a request for information, you have 10 days to provide the information they’re looking for. If you delay, your insurance company can suspend or block your benefits.

Why Should I Hire A Brain Injury Lawyer?

The path to compensation can be long and complex. In Ontario, you must bring a lawsuit within two years of the date of the accident. The statutory accident benefit care insurer is to be notified within 7 days of the date of the accident. Limitation dates are exceptionally complicated. If not met, you can be precluded from either contract or tort compensation. In addition, the legal process is exceptionally complicated. It’s important that your brain injury lawyer has the experience and the financial resources to protect your family’s legal rights and remedies.

Why Choose De Rose Personal Injury Lawyers?

With 40 years of combined experience, De Rose Lawyers will guide you through the complex legal, medical, and insurance issues, allowing you to focus on your rehabilitation and recovery. Our personal injury team at De Rose Lawyers will help you navigate the legal process to make sure you are fairly compensated.

Get The Compensation, Care and Support You Deserve

Above all, a financial settlement cannot fully compensate for the pain and loss you have suffered. However, we’ll fight for the compensation you deserve so . Therefore, you can focus on your recovery and rehabilitation.

Looking For A Brain Injury Lawyer?

If you or a loved one is struggling with a traumatic brain injury, contact De Rose Lawyers. We will work with you to schedule a consultation with a member of our experienced personal injury team.

With De Rose Lawyers by your side, you are not alone. We will be there with you, and for you, every step of the way.

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