When a brain injury occurs, the way in which it will affect the life of the person who suffers from it will depend on multiple factors including the treatment prescribed. Before a condition can be treated, the extent of the damage must first be identified. When it comes to brain injuries, this is not always easy to do.
There are multiple situations in which someone might suffer a traumatic brain injury. While at times there is little that could have been done to prevent such an injury from occurring, this is not always the case. Sometimes the negligent actions of others are to blame. The family of an Ontario teen has learned this firsthand.
Most parents want to do everything they can to keep their children safe. Despite their efforts, all too often children still end up in the emergency room with head injuries. While injuries to the brain can negatively impact people of ages, when a young person whose brain is still growing suffers such an injury, his or her development could be delayed. In more serious cases it might even be halted. Because these injuries are commonly “invisible” they may not initially be obvious.
People hear about serious accidents that result in head injuries, all the time. Less often however, is information communicated about the outcome of these incidents. While there are times when those who suffer the injury recover with few, if any, lingering effects, in other situations, the person who was hurt may not ever completely recover. Life for those individuals, and their loved ones, will never be the same.
Over the course of the last few years, many people throughout Ontario have opened accounts with social media platforms such as Facebook. Using these accounts, they share details of their lives with their online connections. Readers may not be aware that these accounts could be a possible source for evidence when it comes to a variety of legal cases, including personal injury. Accordingly, careful thought should be put into what is being posted on these accounts.
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.
When a child suffers a brain injury their parents may be left wondering what to do to improve the situation. Where concussions are concerned, historically this has been an issue, not only for parents, but health care providers as well. Difficulties in determining the severity of a head injury can make it hard to know what treatment approach is best.
When someone is hurt as a result of the negligence of another party, it is possible a lawsuit could be filed, against the party that acted negligently, to recoup damages. The parties held accountable in this manner could be individuals or entities. Even the City of Ottawa can face such accusations. According to a recent report, the city paid a total of $14.5 million to settle claims filed against it, including those due to personal injury lawsuits. Over the course of the last five years, that amount has increased nearly threefold.
People of all ages could find they are facing a long recovery following a brain injury. Depending on the severity of the injury it is possible the symptoms could take many forms. These symptoms may be physical, emotional or cognitive.
In the course of the last few years, concussions have received a lot of attention. While many readers may have heard the term used, it is possible they may not know exactly what it is. In this post we will provide information that most would likely benefit from knowing.