A traumatic brain injury (TBI) often occurs when an individual sustains a violent blow to his or her head. Furthermore, a similar injury could happen if an object punctures the skull. These injuries can range from mild to severe, and symptoms may include dizziness, confusion, and loss of cognitive function. In extreme cases, a TBI could result in coma, vegetative state, or death.
TBIs cause significant disability for thousands of Ontarians every year. Below are some important statistics that highlight the impact that these injuries have on the Ontario community.
TBI Facts and Figures in Ontario
Just how common are TBIs? According to the Brain Injury Society of Toronto (BIST) citing the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, 50,000 Canadians suffer brain injuries every year. It also notes that TBI is the leading cause of disability for Canadians under the age of 40.
A good portion of the population that suffers brain injury are children (30 percent, according to the BIST citing Parachute Canada). Additionally, young boys are twice as likely to sustain a TBI than young girls, although this number evens out later in life.
The BIST also cites a study that found over half of the homeless population in Toronto has a TBI and 70 percent of those surveyed incurred their first brain injury before losing their home. This serves as a further reminder of the devastating effects a TBI can have on a person’s life.
Have you sustained a TBI? Get help!
TBIs can be devastating, but they do not always show obvious symptoms in the aftermath of an accident. An individual does not even need to lose consciousness for a brain injury to occur; he or she may sustain a blow to the head without realizing the magnitude of the injury. An injury such as this, often referred to as a mild TBI (mTBI) or concussion, can cause significant symptoms and may have long-term effects.
If you suffered a blow to the head recently, it is imperative that you seek medical help immediately even if you don’t feel injured. Once you receive appropriate medical care, reach out to a brain injury lawyer for legal help.
The lawyers at the Preszler Law Firm are committed to helping you recover the money you deserve for your injuries. Call us today at 1-800-JUSTICE® to set up a consultation; we will examine your case, discuss your concerns, and help craft a strategy unique to your situation.