Do you know the signs and risks associated with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)?
Each year, approximately 165,000 Canadians, or 456 people daily/one person every 3 minutes, suffer a TBI (Source). Traumatic Brain Injuries can be profoundly life-altering and leave accident victims feeling confused and alone as they face the realities of dealing with the financial repercussions of a long road to recovery. At James H. Brown and Associates, we know the risks associated with brain injuries and that having experienced legal representation is vital when it comes to getting the help you need as well as a fair settlement. Since 1993, we’ve partnered with Albertans to give you a voice when it matters most; when it comes to securing fair injury settlements, James H. Brown and Associates is here to fight for you.
Below, we’ll take a closer look at some of the most important signs of a brain injury and explore why it’s crucial to seek legal injury support as soon as possible following an accident. Read on to learn more.
What Are the Common Causes of a TBI
As we mentioned above, traumatic brain injuries are, unfortunately, not an uncommon occurrence across Canada, and Alberta is certainly no exception. Brain Injury Canada estimates that TBIs will be among the most common neurological conditions by 2031, making it imperative to spread awareness about the risks associated with brain injuries following an accident or collision. While there are many different ways to suffer a TBI, the most common cause is when your head experiences a sudden, hard, impact against another surface. Hitting your head on the window or steering wheel of your vehicle, falling down poorly maintained stairs, colliding with another while playing sports or taking a direct cranial hit during a physical confrontation can all result in varying degrees of brain injury. While more minor impacts may result in less severe (but no less detrimental) injuries like chronic headaches or migraines, and even low-grade concussions, serious impacts can lead to life-altering brain damage that permanently affects your ability to function as normal. Some of the most prevalent causes of brain injuries, major or minor, include:
- Vehicle (including Commercial Involved) Collisions
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Recreational Vehicle Accidents
- Slips and Falls
- Physical Assault and more
Identifying the Signs of a Traumatic Brain Injury
One of the most important factors when it comes to identifying TBIs (and one of the main reasons they can often go undiagnosed, sometimes with fatal results), is to be aware that symptoms can take days or even weeks to appear. With this in mind, it is absolutely essential that you seek medical assistance immediately following any serious impact or accident. Even if you feel fine today, documenting any known injuries or potential damage is crucial to ensuring you are able to receive proper long-term care and mitigate some of the more serious repercussions caused by TBIs. Early signs and symptoms that warrant immediate medical attention include:
- Chronic or ongoing headaches that won’t go away
- Repeated or ongoing vomiting
- “Seeing double” or other vision problems
- Loss of consciousness
- Memory problems
- Numbness/weakness in extremities
- Slurred speech
- Seizures and/or convulsions
- Changes in behaviour, including dramatic mood swings or changes in personality
- Any other unexplained abnormalities following an accident or collision. |
If you notice any of the above symptoms, get help immediately; doing so may save your life.
Protect Your Ability To Recover with James H. Brown and Associates
TBIs are difficult injuries to treat and affect every victim differently. To ensure that you have the best chance of a full recovery, receiving fair compensation is vital. The team at James H. Brown and Associates knows firsthand just how life-changing brain injuries can be. With over 250 years of combined experience behind our injury lawyers, we’re proud to stand in your corner and make sure you have the support you need to recover from losses like:
- Lost income
- Reduced earning capacity
- Lifetime care costs
- Lasting mental difficulties (PTSD, acute stress, depression, anxiety)
- Loss of bodily function
- Diminished quality of life.
As an award-winning injury law firm, James H. Brown and Associates brings an unrivalled record of success to the table and gives you access to leading experts that can help determine the full extent of your injuries to build a stronger case for compensation. With the help of our team of legal experts, you don’t have to face the Alberta legal system alone, and you can rest easy knowing that your needs will be heard when it matters most.
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