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Published May 29, 2019

A single muscle, formed of more than 100 billion nerve cells, is responsible for coordinating all human actions. It’s true. The brain is the backbone for just about every thought you make and action you take, yet it is so fragile that life can change forever after a single accident. That’s why it’s so important to educate yourself on a few of the basics of brain injuries.

What problems do brain injuries cause?
Dealing with a brain injury can prove to be a lengthy process with time and money needing to be invested for treatment. You may require an extensive leave from work, triggering a loss of earnings in turn. Additionally, the extent of injury may cause permanent, unrecoverable damage. In each case, compensation is often sought to pay for medical bills and offset the emotional pain and suffering of all involved.

What types of brain injury exist?

A proper diagnosis is vital, as swift treatment can avoid serious brain damage and sometimes, death. With that said, brain injuries fall into two categories:

  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
    Damage caused by an excessive blow to the head outside the body, penetrating and rupturing brain tissue, affecting brain cells and resulting in bleeding, bruising and swelling
  • Non-Traumatic Brain Injury (nTBI)
    Damage caused by an illness or condition inside the body including a stroke, lack of oxygen, tumors, cancer and other infections

If unconsciousness and/or confusion or disorientation is shorter than 30 minutes, TBI is categorized as mild. Understanding the difference between traumatic brain injuries and mild head injury symptoms can help manage your expectations should your case go to court. 

How can I tell if a brain injury has taken place?

Visually, signs of a traumatic brain injury include cuts and lacerations, while symptoms can include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Changes in actions and emotions
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Trouble speaking

Common symptoms of mild TBI can include:

  • Dizziness and loss of balance
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Memory loss
  • Poor attention and concentration
  • Seizures
  • Sleep disturbances

What causes brain injuries to take place?

Since traumatic brain injuries are caused by blows to the head, sources are multiple and varied including:

  • Falls
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Military accidents
  • Unprovoked violence

Why claim for a brain injury?

If a traumatic brain injury wasn’t your fault, it’s important to pursue legal action. Any effects or aftermath may actually take months or years to present. This has potentially heart-wrenching consequences, and may affect everyday tasks such as getting dressed or preparing a snack. Long-term symptoms include those stated above plus:

  • Anger or mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Motor function loss
  • The need for a caregiver

Each brain injury case will depend on the unique circumstances involved, so call the experts at MG Law. We’re always happy to help go over your specific situation and discuss your options with you. Call our office at (613) 730-8640.

MG Law is also proud to sponsor the forthcoming 11th Annual Brain Injury Awareness Day on Wednesday, June 12th. Taking place at St. Elias Centre in Ottawa, the occasion was established by Vista Centre Brain Injury Services (VCBIS). The day will feature notable keynote speakers, survivors and dedicated professionals with the overall aim of sharing, networking and learning about brain injury, together.

Admission is free for those who register, but it’s first come, first served. We’ll also be giving away a FREE Apple iPad 128GB! Click here to learn more and register.

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