Acquired brain injury can cause long-term medical expenses

Sometimes, a person suffers an injury without realising it, but if it is left untreated, it can affect the victim's health and quality of life in the long term. One such an injury is an acquired brain injury, which -- according to the World Health Organization -- is a brain injury that does not have a congenital, hereditary or degenerative cause. According to ThinkFirst Canada, more than a million Canadians, including some in British Columbia, have to cope with the consequences of acquired brain injury as part of their daily lives.

Furthermore, another 160,000 people nationwide fall victim to brain injuries ever year -- half of which follow automobile accidents and falls. Statistics also indicate that the frequency of occurrences of acquired brain injuries exceeds that of the combined number of spinal cord injury, breast cancer, HIV/AIDS and multiple sclerosis cases. Many people do not realise that even mild blows to the head or a whiplash-type of jolt can cause a concussion, which is a brain injury caused by the brain moving and bumping against the inside of the skull.

Concussion, which people often ignore, adversely affects the normal functions of the brain. Symptoms are many and can include headaches, confusion and amnesia along with nausea, dizziness and balance problems. Some victims develop a sensitivity to noise and light, and they may experience fuzzy or double vision. A concussion can slow a person's reaction time, cause a victim to feel sluggish, unusually irritable and unable to concentrate or remember.

For these reasons, it is important for any victim of a car accident to go for a medical evaluation and receive the necessary treatment that may avoid long-term health problems. Anybody who suffered a brain injury as the result of another person's negligence may pursue recovery of losses by filing a personal injury lawsuit in a civil court. Knowledge about potential future medical treatment may help an experienced British Columbia personal injury lawyer to calculate the monetary value of a claim for damages.

Source: braininjurycanada.ca, "About Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)", Accessed on June 2, 2017

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