If you’ve suffered from a traumatic brain injury due to an accident or incident you didn’t cause, you may be able to get legal help to ensure you and your family receive the financial assistance you need to move forward with your life. By contacting Wishart Brain & Spine Law, we can pair you with a Vancouver traumatic brain injury lawyer who can evaluate your case and let you know about your potential legal options.
“Walking wounded” is a phrase often used to describe victims who have a brain injury. What this phrase means is that when you have a serious brain injury, your friends, family members, and medical practitioners may assume you’re healthy when you really aren’t. You may be told that you’ll heal in time when your injuries may, in fact, be permanent and have severe lifelong consequences.
What you know that others cannot see is how your injuries have affected your mental and emotional states and how you may have to fight every day just to work and function as though you normally would. You may have even been told that there is no treatment for your symptoms and that you must simply “get over” your emotional outbursts, depression, memory loss, or anxiety attacks.
Brain injuries can have a severe impact on a person’s health and wellbeing. While surgery may or may not be an option in your case, awareness and understanding are both critical to the recovery process. Rehabilitation is a necessary part of recovering from a brain injury and many medical professionals and insurance companies do not properly prioritize the rehabilitation process nor allow proper funding for rehabilitation options.
Wishart Brain & Spine Law works with athletes and other victims of accidents who suffer from brain injuries. We work hard to help victims get the legal aid and compensation they need to receive the right rehabilitation and recovery options. We strive to become a voice and educator to not just the court, but to friends, family member, and medical/insurance professionals all over British Columbia.
Common Symptoms of Brain Injuries
A brain injury is one of the most complex injuries the human body can endure. Our brains are complicated organs and even the slightest of injuries can have a serious effect on our mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing once an injury makes its way into the skull or otherwise affects the brain.
When you have a traumatic brain injury, often referred to as a TBI, a victim may experience any combination or all the symptoms below in varying severities and degrees of onset:
- Physical limitations such as limited mobility, limited strength, or partial/complete paralysis
- Limited senses such as vision, hearing, touch, or smell
- Loss of consciousness
- Severe headaches
- Nausea or dizziness
- Limited emotional capacity or sudden shifts in emotions
- Difficulty concentrating or focusing
- Short or long-term memory issues
- Speech or communication issues
- Balance and coordination issues
- Loss in ability to interpret what others say, hear, or feel
- Difficulty understanding abstract concepts or new ideas
If you or someone you love has experienced or is experiencing any of these symptoms after a fall or incident which resulted in trauma to the head, you should seek medical attention as quickly as possible. Even a minor head injury can lead to permanent or long-lasting brain damage if the injury isn’t treated immediately or further precautions are not taken to prevent further injuries.
It’s estimated that each year, 50,000 Canadians suffer from an Acquired Brain Injury, also referred to as an ABI. Many of these injuries happen to children and young adults, who are often the most active and involved in activities like sports which can encourage forced blows to the head.
What Causes TBI Symptoms?
A brain injury can be caused by almost any type of injury or incident that results in head injury or that causes sudden movement to the head and neck, but some types of accidents are more prone to causing head and brain injuries than others.
Here are some common ways TBIs occur:
- Sports accidents
- Blunt trauma
- Other injuries caused by violence such as gunshot wounds or puncture wounds
- Car accidents or other vehicle-related incidents
- Falling accidents such as slip-and-fall accidents
It’s important to remember that not all injuries which cause TBI symptoms are extremely violent in nature. New research is suggesting that minor traumatic brain injury symptoms, often referred to as MTBI symptoms, can lead to permanent brain damage and diagnoses like brain disease over time. Concussions are one example of an MTBI that can cause damage over time if subsequent concussions occur—no matter how far apart the injuries are.
How Can a Vancouver Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer Help Me?
If you or a loved one has suffered from a brain injury or are experiencing symptoms of a TBI in Vancouver, Canada, it’s vital to get medical care as quickly as possible. If you delay your care, it’s possible that your symptoms could worsen. This is even the case after experiencing a concussion which results in any extended length of unconsciousness or pain.
If your injuries were caused by an accident you don’t believe you were at fault for or did not cause, you may benefit from speaking to a Vancouver TBI lawyer from Wishart Brain & Spine Law at your earliest convenience. Our staff can help you navigate the difficult decision to take legal action and will do so at no upfront cost to you. To learn more, get in touch today.