Claiming brain injuries resulting from accidents
Brain injury resulting from accidents is one of the most dangerous type as in the initial phase people may overlook its symptoms and not be aware about it. They might dismiss it as minor inconveniences or relate it to ordinary headaches even though in the long run it may cause significant and possibly fatal risk. Despite advances in medical technology within the last 3 decades, brain issues are still a significant societal and medical concern because those who have not died from the injury are left with unmanageable expenses on medical and rehabilitation costs, as well as the inability to function normally for the rest of their lives.
According to the Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association, thousands of Canadians suffer from brain injury every year, with majority of the numbers coming from young adults. Most of them will be able to live to the normal life expectancy but will be requiring special care as a result of their brain injury.
Symptoms of Brain Injury
Even though there are different incidents that could result in a brain injury and each individual is unique, people suffering from brain injuries will exhibit similar symptoms that may seem like minor inconveniences at first because they’re isolated from each other. But eventually they accumulate and start to affect and degrade the person’s way of life. These symptoms include but not limited to:
- Unconsciousness after the incident
- Inability to remember events or details that occurred a few hours before and after the incident
- Difficulties processing and remembering new information
- Frequent headaches
- Blurred vision
As exemplified by its symptoms, brain injury can be extremely disruptive to a person’s work and personal life. The long term effects can be devastating; there are people with brain injuries who can no longer remember the faces or names of friends and family members, people who started suffering from speech impairments, and there are those who suffer from loss of vision, hearing, or motor abilities.
A brain injury can also affect a person emotionally, both due to the loss of basic cognitive abilities and because of the mounting frustrations as he or she comes to grips with her new disabilities. The frustrations can also be exacerbated by the increased dependence on others, which could lead to depression.