Brain Injury

Brain Injuries

A brain injury or head injury refers to any traumatic injury to the brain. Such injuries often result from a severe blow to the head (such as those typically suffered in automobile accidents, falls or other wounds). Brain injury may also be caused by a lack of oxygen, such as in a case of drowning or cardiac arrest.

Understanding Brain Injuries

Recovery from head and brain injuries is possible, although that recovery time may be measured in weeks, months, or even years, depending on the extent of the damage. In many cases, people make rapid progress with their recovery shortly after the injury, but the recovery slows down as time passes. In other cases, someone may suffer a head injury and have no immediately noticeable problems, but over time find themselves dealing with problems such as memory loss, comprehension problems or compromised motor control skills. Tragically, some victims of traumatic head and brain injury may reach a condition known as brain death, which means that a physician has determined that there is no longer any active brain function. In other cases, a person remains in a coma for an extended period of time; in these cases, rapid recovery is generally less likely. Some victims of brain injuries may require some level of assistive care for the rest of their lives. In some cases, what is thought to be brain injury can be a result of severe post-traumatic stress or other emotional injury.

In cases of brain injury, loved ones may want to know the extent of the damage and how the injured person’s life will be altered. Unfortunately, the doctor’s most common answer is “wait and see.” Despite advances in medical technology, the effects of a brain injury are often difficult to predict. Injured brain tissue may heal itself very slowly over time, unless the brain tissue is dead or has been destroyed.

Doctors can often gain some information about the extent of a brain injury through proper testing and professional interpretation of the test results; this may involve the use of such technology as CT scans, EEG, and BSER. In the final analysis, however, it is the patient himself—through his ability to think, speak, and move—that provides the most useful information as to the extent of the damage.

Accident Attorneys And Brain Injuries

If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury, an experienced accident lawyer can be your best ally. Your lawyer can help the injured person and his or her family assess whether you may be entitled to compensation for what happened, and help you develop a plan of action to maximize that compensation. Of course, the recovery of the victim is the highest priority, but a lawyer who is experienced with brain injury cases will be familiar with the types of testing and medical opinions, such as neuropsychological tests, which are needed to form the evidentiary basis for successful claims. The right lawyer can provide legal advice, protect your rights, and if necessary, prepare you and represent you in court or in negotiations.

Personal Injury Lawyers working for you

Ron Folkes is a leader in the field of personal injury law, having achieved millions of dollars in settlements for his clients through virtually every type of injury claim. The Folkes Law Firm was founded in 1974 on the principle of providing the highest quality legal services to clients at reasonable rates. The team remains committed to this principle today. Ron Folkes and his staff of professionals enjoy a strong reputation among clients, legal professionals and courts throughout the Brampton and Mississauga communities.

The Folkes Law Firm is available for a free half-hour consultation, and can be reached at 21 Queen Street East, Suite 900 Brampton, ON L6W 3P1, or by calling 905-457-2118 or toll-free outside of the GTA 1-877-457-2118.