Catching the Signs of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Car accidents, major impacts, and other blunt force collisions can cause significant long-term damage and injuries to victims across Albertan, with some of the most severe afflictions potentially taking weeks or even months to fully diagnose. Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) can be one of the most difficult injuries to face, with symptoms requiring extensive and costly medical care indefinitely.

At James H. Brown and Associates, we’re proud to partner with Albertans to help you face the challenge of dealing with life-altering injuries like a TBI following an accident or collision. Since 1993, our firm of injury lawyers has helped Albertans navigate the realities of getting help for traumatic brain injuries and is proud to offer an extensive history of precedent setting results for our clients.

Below, we’ll take a look at some of the key facts about Traumatic Brain Injuries and the benefits of partnering with James H. Brown and Associates. If you or someone you love has recently been involved in a major accident and need help getting the settlement you need for adequate medical care, read on to learn more!

TBIs vs Concussions, What’s the Difference?

Personal injuries following an accident can be difficult to diagnose, particularly because many major and minor long-term injuries can share common initial symptoms. Concussions, TBIs, whiplash and Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI) are all common issues faced by accident victims, and each shares similar markers that require medical evaluation for a proper diagnosis.

While a concussion is considered a type of TBI because it is caused by a jarring blow to the head (one of the key distinctions of a TBI), they tend to be caused by a lower level of force and thus be more minor in terms of the long-term damage caused. It’s important to note that even though concussions may be considered part of a “lesser” category of injury, the pain and suffering caused by one is certainly no less important than the pain caused by more severe injuries.

  • A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, on the other hand, is a brain injury caused by a severe impact that may even involve trauma to the brain tissue by penetration or internal bleeding. The long-term effects of a TBI are much greater than those caused by a concussion and can often have a wide range of symptoms as a result. Important symptoms to watch for include:
  • tingling sensations
  • Headaches
  • loss of vision
  • Numbness in extremities is sometimes preceded or followed by extreme nerve pain.
  • Mood swings and poor emotional regulation
  • Depression
  • Insomnia, and more.

What Do I Do if I Suspect I May Have a Brain Injury?

If you or someone you love have recently been in an accident or experienced a significant impact, you should seek medical attention ASAP. TBIs are incredibly dangerous if left undiagnosed, and time is of the essence. Even if you feel “okay” now, it’s important to see a doctor to ensure that every detail is properly documented (you should be recording all symptoms for your records as well) and that you can get the right treatment plan for your needs.


As we mentioned above, it is vital that you thoroughly document all details regarding your accident, your injuries, your current state, any changes to your physical/mental well-being and more. Keeping track of everything in as much detail as possible helps protect you and ensure you have the details needed to receive the best care possible, including the settlement you need for your path to recovery.

Partner With an Injury Lawyer

All too often, Albertans think that speaking with an injury lawyer following an accident is unnecessary or can be inconvenient. A personal injury lawyer from James H. Brown and Associates can assist you and your loved ones throughout the legal process, fight for your best interests, and ensure your voice is always heard. A TBI is a life-changing experience that can take months or even years to recover from, and with the right legal team on your side, you can have peace of mind while you focus on getting your life back to where you want it to be.

James H. Brown and Associates: Your Partners in Alberta Injury Law

At James H. Brown and Associates, we know that TBIs are life-altering injuries that cause stress, pain and anxiety for many Albertans. Our firm offers over 250 years of combined experience, as well as access to valuable resources aimed at helping you navigate your road to recovery. Contact James H. Brown and Associates today to learn more about how our brain injury lawyers can support you and your family.

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