Brain injuries, or Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), are derived from several classifications of head trauma. They may be caused by force or as a result of an acute injury during an accident. They are also commonly known as concussions. The complexities of a personal injury claim only multiply when dealing with this type of injury.
Brain injuries may be classified as mild, moderate or severe. The acceleration and deceleration force exacted upon the human body, particularly the head, during an accident may cause a concussion. Increased forces, or contact with objects during the injuring mechanism, can increase the probabilities of acquiring differing levels of TBI. Just because an injured person suffers a concussion, does not always mean they are in the mild range. Sometimes the severity of the injuring mechanism causes advanced trauma such as intra-cranial bleeding, skull fractures, hematomas, white matter damage, nerve damage, or fluid build-up and/or pressure.
In young adults, and children particularly, brain injuries can be very significant. Developing brains may be more susceptible to functionality issues acutely and later in life. Therefore, it is important to seek medical advice promptly and to have ongoing medical care and assessment in place.
Brain injuries may be acute (short lasting) or post-traumatic (permanent) in nature. The same applies for the symptoms one may experience as a result of a brain injury. Below are some examples of those symptoms:
A brain injury diagnosis can be confirmed by radiological testing such as CT scans, MRIs or SPECT scans. More often than not, specialized doctors are required in order to determine the classification, level, and degree of impairment, based on the radiological data, reported symptoms and testing measures. These assessments may be required as part of an OHIP based treatment plan, by treating specialists, or by the advancement of litigation.
A brain injury, regardless of classification, is a significant and multifaceted diagnosis requiring a diligent and thorough knowledge base of the subject matter. Advancing claims of this nature require a methodical and meticulous approach. Sometimes the injured person may require the appointment of a Litigation Guardian due to the severity of the brain injury.
If you have suffered a brain injury or concussion as a result of an accident, you should contact the experienced lawyers at Lemieux Litigation with offices in Barrie, Ontario for a better understanding of your case and to know your next steps. If you are suffering from serious injuries, or hospitalization, we have the willingness to visit and see you. We offer certified specialist advice, with a proven track record of success at Trial. We serve clients in all of Simcoe County including Barrie, Innisfil, Orillia, Midland, and Alliston, as well as Bradford, Newmarket, Collingwood, and surrounding areas.
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