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Work related brain injuries an issue in Ontario

Individuals who suffer traumatic brain injuries could find that they are facing a long period of recovery. In addition to headaches, issues with hearing or vision, concentration and memory are symptoms that could linger. Other people experience anxiety, depression, PTSD or have a hard time dealing with the emotions they feel. While the symptoms a person suffers will vary depending on specifics—such as the severity of the injury, the age of the person and whether there are any pre-existing conditions—any of these issues can make the life of the affected person difficult.

In the province of Ontario, TBIs affect people of all ages and backgrounds. Common causes of the injuries include being struck by an object, motor vehicle crashes and falls. A recent article highlighted the number of workers in the province that experience a brain injury in the course of their job. A senior scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute at the University of Toronto found that 7.3 per cent of those injuries are work related.

According to the research the number of reports of concussions in Ontario is increasing. Prior to 2010, the number of concussions filed with the Workforce Safety and Insurance Board was 50 percent of the brain injuries reported. More recently, 80 per cent of the brain injuries were concussions. The increase is believed to be due to a focus on the matter in society.

Whether related to work or another incident, when a brain injury is the result of the negligence of another party, it may be possible to take legal action. A lawyer can help determine whether this course of action makes sense.

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