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How does a brain injury affect a victim's daily life?

Certain injuries can be life changing -- not only for British Columbia victims but also their loved ones. A brain injury, for instance, can vary in severity and the impact it has on the victim's life. Cognitive deficiencies such as memory loss are commonly associated with brain injuries. These might prevent a TBI victim from returning to a particular job, and assistance may be required to fulfill even basic tasks. 

Many people with TBI become overly sensitive, due to the effect of the injury on the brain's emotional systems.  The patient must learn to cope with impeded physical abilities, leading to frustration that is often taken out on others. The need for a cane, wheelchair, walker or other aids can severely reduce a brain injury victim's quality of life.

While no monetary award can turn back the clock, it could ease financial burdens. The costs of ongoing therapy -- physical, psychological and cognitive -- can become overwhelming early in the process. Earning opportunities may be limited, or nonexistent, and the increased financial and emotional stress often jeopardises relationships even further. Bringing a successful civil lawsuit against those believed responsible for a particular injury may relieve the stress and ease the process of adapting to the new physical and mental limitations.

To pursue maximum recovery of damages, securing the services of a skilled personal injury lawyer is likely the best approach. A British Columbia attorney can make sure a brain injury lawsuit is filed and litigated in a timely manner. When negligence is formally established against a tortfeasor in civil court, claims for specific items of financial damage will be adjudicated.

Source: FindLaw, "Brain Injury Lawsuit FAQs", Accessed on March 10, 2017

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