Each day, hundreds of Canadians sustain brain injuries. Some of these brain injuries are fully healed quickly, some take a longer time, and some will cause life-altering symptoms that the injured party will need to deal with for the rest of their life.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Oftentimes, traumatic brain injuries go undiagnosed because these injuries are so misunderstood and do not present obvious visible symptoms. Many people think that you can only get a traumatic brain injury if you hit your head, but this is not always the case.
Having an invisible injury like a concussion or other traumatic brain injury can be particularly difficult because you have no obvious injuries. You look completely well and do not have visible symptoms, but may be suffering from severe headaches, memory loss, mood issues, dizziness, anxiety, depression, and more.
In fact, it is very common to sustain a brain injury from the force of your head being thrown back and forth quickly, as often happens in a car accident. In this situation, brain trauma can occur even though nothing directly hits your head because the rapid back-and-forth movement of your head causes your brain to make impact with the inside of your skull, incurring damage that way. It is important to go to the doctor after any accident to find out whether you have suffered a brain injury, even if you do not think that you have.
Common Symptoms of Concussion and Brain Injury
- Vision difficulties
- Depression & anxiety
- Irritability/change in personality
- Memory loss
- Difficulty concentrating
- Speech problems
- Sensitivity to sound and light
Lost Income Due to Brain Injury
It is common to have to take time off from work after sustaining a brain injury because it is often difficult or impossible to focus, spend much time looking at screens, or work in a noisy environment. This means that people in very different roles, from tradespeople to office workers, can be forced to miss work due to brain injury.
Do You Deserve Compensation?
If you suffered a brain injury as a direct result of the negligence or carelessness of another party, such as in a vehicular accident or a slip-and-fall, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain, suffering, and loss of income if applicable.
It is important to hire a reputable personal injury lawyer to represent you and handle your case, including ICBC claims. At Hoogbruin and company, we don’t charge you any fee unless you win a settlement. Our lawyers have extensive experience in personal injury law and are committed to helping you through this difficult time.