Important insights into Brain Injury Awareness through June

By Connect Medical Legal Experts
June 7, 2017 

When it comes to a major life hurdle, a brain injury ranks as one of the worst. In a matter of seconds, the life as you knew it might be altered forever because of a sudden fall off your bike, car crash, ski accident or simply a misstep in the grocery store aisle.

Chances are you didn’t know that one million people in Canada live with a brain injury, and that number is on the rise, says the non-profit awareness group Brain Injury Canada (BIC). About 160,000 new cases are diagnosed every year. 

Over the past 15+ years, the medical/legal team at Connect Experts has worked with many lawyers representing clients with brain injuries, and we see how their lives have been catastrophically affected.

At best, a brain injury is a trip to the emergency room, a severe headache and a few days of bed rest at home. At worst, you can lose your memory, experience personality changes or even lose the ability to walk, talk or feed yourself. (Our legal nurse consultants help develop comprehensive Cost of Future Care reports for catastrophic cases such as these.)

The devastating effects are one reason we support Brain Injury Awareness Month each June, as well as the efforts made by brain injury associations across the country to put faces to this ‘silent epidemic’.

Brain injuries are the leading cause of death and disability around the world among people under the age of 44, says the BIC. About 50 percent of all acquired brain injuries in Canada are the result of falls and motor vehicle accidents.

EmergencySign RedThe organization Think First notes that 30 percent of all traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are sustained by children and youth, many of them occur while participating in sports and recreational activities.

Most of us have heard of a concussion - that hard head knock suffered by a sudden blow or fall that literally shakes the brain at its core. This is the mildest form of TBI, with the most common symptoms including:

• Amnesia
• Confusion
• Headache
• Loss of consciousness
• Balance problems or dizziness
• Double or fuzzy vision
• Sensitivity to light or noise
• Nausea
• Feeling sluggish, foggy or groggy
• Feeling unusually irritable
• Concentration or memory problems
• Slowed reaction time

Brain injuries are easier to prevent than to diagnose - wearing a helmet for sports, for example. BIC has posted helpful guidelines from the Ontario Neurotrauma Association for parents whose child may have suffered a brain injury here.

The neurotrauma association, an applied health research organization with a focus on improving the quality of lives for people with an acquired brain injury or spinal cord injury, has also posted detailed research and findings on brain injuries for people age 18 and over.

For more information on how our medical/legal experts can help your client, please contact us.

Read our indepeth series on the management and care of Aquired Brain Injury white papers by senior consultant Linda Simmons at the links below:

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four - Followup

 

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