A brain injury is one of the most traumatic and devastating injuries you can sustain in an accident. Unlike other injuries that can cause physical damage to the affected part of the body, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can interfere with the functioning of other parts of the body, cause behavioural changes, and lead to cognitive disability.
As an accident victim, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for the injury you have sustained. Any expenses that may result from your injury, including medical bills, long-term care costs, pain and suffering, amongst others, may be the obligation of the liable parties. As experienced personal injury lawyers, we can help you recover the money you deserve.
What Is a Brain Injury?
A brain injury is any damage to the brain that results from physical trauma to the head. Trauma to the head can cause skull fractures, internal hemorrhages, tearing of brain tissue, and numerous other complications.
Brain injuries are broad, and they range from mild concussions that last for a few hours to severe brain tissue damage that results in permanent disability and mental impairment.
The most common causes of head trauma and brain injuries include:
If you or your family member sustains a traumatic brain injury due to an accident or someone’s negligence or misconduct, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation. Some of the damages you may obtain are for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical expenses, caretaker costs, and future health needs, among other things. Working with an experienced personal injury lawyer who’s well-versed with the claim process and the legal matters involved is essential. They can guide you throughout the brain injury claim process, protect your rights, and help you obtain what you’re rightfully owed.
Contact Bergel Magence LLP for a free, no-obligation evaluation of your brain injury claim case.
What Are the Symptoms of a Brain Injury?
The symptoms that accompany a brain injury vary depending on the type and severity of trauma sustained. They range from mild symptoms such as a slight headache and dizziness to severe ones such as seizures, slurred speech, loss of motor function, and more.
In some cases, after being in an accident, the first mild injury symptoms present and disappear after a while. This makes some victims presume that they’re fine, only for severe symptoms to show up afterwards. In other cases, a brain injury comes with little to no symptoms, making it difficult to diagnose. This is why it’s crucial to seek immediate medical attention after sustaining a blow to the head for proper assessment and treatment.
Here’s a list of traumatic brain injury symptoms.
Mild brain injury symptoms:
- Light sensitivity
- Noise sensitivity
- Ringing in the ears
- Loss of balance
Severe brain injury symptoms:
- Memory loss
- Cognitive impairment
- Speech problems
- Impaired motor function
- Neuropsychiatric symptoms (e.g., anxiety and agitation)
Helping You Access Treatment While Protecting Your Legal Rights
Suffering a brain injury is a frightening and traumatic experience as it can leave victims with permanent motor, cognitive, and behavioural changes. For the best recovery chances and to minimize possible long-term brain damage, it’s important to seek the appropriate specialized care and treatment as soon as you suffer trauma to the head.
At Bergel Magence, we help our clients obtain the compensation they need to cover treatment costs, rehabilitation, speech therapy, lost wages, caregiver costs, and other expenses they may incur. As our client, you’ll be able to focus on your recovery while our experienced lawyers protect your legal rights and fight for what you deserve.
We have access to vast network of top medical professionals for ongoing medical care, including surgeons, neurologists, and therapists, and we can make referrals and introductions for you. These medical experts will assess the severity of your brain injury, providing you with the care you need, and supporting your legal case.
Call our Toronto brain injury lawyers at 416-665-2000 for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Our Team of Professionals Has the Skills and Legal Expertise You Can Trust
Fighting to get compensation for a brain injury acquired from an accident or someone’s negligence requires dedication, meticulousness, legal and trial expertise, and a deep understanding of how the claim process works. Bergel Magence LLP has 50 years of experience helping brain injury victims obtain the compensation they deserve. Our team of legal professionals, i.e., lawyers, paralegals, and other administrative support, is well-versed in all facets of personal injury law and are ready to take on any case, no matter how complex.
Let us advocate for your rights and secure your financial future as you focus on your treatment.
Remember, you don’t pay us until we win your case!
What are the different types of brain injuries?
Brain injuries range from mild to severe based on the damage to the brain, effect on other parts of the body, and any long-term effects. The main types of brain injuries that one can sustain from an accident include:
- Concussion – this is a diffuse injury that causes momentary loss of consciousness. It does not usually lead to permanent brain injury unless one sustains a very severe blow or repeated concussions.
- Contusion – this is a bruise to a specific area of the brain, i.e., a focal brain injury caused by trauma to the head.
- Skull fractures – these are injuries to the skull that may lead to brain damage. One example is the depressed skull fracture that may cause the skull to press against the brain leading to an injury.
- Intracranial Hematoma – a hematoma is a clot or build-up of blood outside the blood vessels. It occurs when a blood vessel ruptures in or around the brain. Such an injury can cause a build-up of pressure inside the brain, leading to loss of consciousness.
- Ischemia – this is a diffuse injury caused by the lack of enough blood to certain parts of the brain after a traumatic accident.
- Diffuse Axonal Injury (DAI) – This is an injury that causes damage to the brain (axons) on a cellular level, disrupting the transmission of signals. During an accident, the brain may shift and rotate inside the skull, causing nerve cells to stretch and shear. A diffuse axonal injury is one of the most severe injuries to the brain as it can cause permanent damage.
What is the most common brain injury?
A concussion is the most common type of traumatic brain injuries in Canada. It ranges from mild to severe and may cause temporary loss of consciousness. Persons who suffer frequent concussions, such as football players, can develop permanent brain damage, which leads to change in behaviour and mood.
What is the average payout for a brain injury?
The payout for a brain injury claim depends on the severity of the injury, its effects on your life, required treatment and rehabilitation, insurance limits, and other factors. Some payouts that you may receive cover:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Attendant care costs
- Loss of income/ earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of ability to enjoy life
Consult with a lawyer to learn more about what you may be entitled to in your case.
Who is at the highest risk for traumatic brain injuries?
Young children between 0 to 4 years and senior citizens of age 60 and above are at the highest risk of suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI) due to an accident. Men, compared to women, are three times more likely to sustain a traumatic brain injury.
What disabilities can result from a brain injury?
A brain injury can result in temporary or permanent disabilities, including cognitive, physical, emotional, and behavioural.
How can a personal injury lawyer help me pursue a brain injury claim?
A personal injury lawyer, especially an experienced one, is a crucial part of any brain injury claim. They can determine how strong your case is, calculate possible damages and long-term care requirements, negotiate a settlement, and advocate for you in court to ensure you receive a fair and reasonable award. A personal injury lawyer will protect your legal rights and fight to get the compensation you deserve.
Contact Bergel Magence for a free assessment of your brain injury claim in Toronto.