Brain Injury, Head Injury and Concussions

Our lawyers understand that a brain injury can affect your identity and everything you do.

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Not Everyone Understands Brain Injuries, but Our Injury Team Does

Accidents that result in brain injuries can be some of the most life-altering events, changing your entire way of being. The injuries sustained can bring profound or subtle behavioural changes, making you seem like a different person to yourself and others.

Diagnosing brain injuries can be difficult for medical professionals, and family and friends don’t always understand just how impactful an experience like this can be for your day-to-day routine and mental and physical health.

Understanding the Complexity of Brain Injury Cases

Brain injuries are very complex, and the litigation process can be challenging, especially when a diagnosis is difficult and suffering isn’t apparent. This is why it is crucial to have the dedicated team of brain injury lawyers at David Hollingsworth by your side. We have years of experience and understand the complicated nuances of a brain injury claim.

Our team works closely with top medical professionals throughout Ontario to ensure the extent of your injury is understood and that you receive proper medical attention and compensation for the potential lifetime care costs.

Our personal injury lawyers have assisted many people who have suffered serious injuries. We have helped give them access to tools to:

  • Rebuild a new life
  • Guide their families and friends to understand what they are going through
  • Get the rehabilitative support they need for the rest of their lives

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Types of Brain Injuries

Brain injuries are most commonly sustained from falls, motor vehicle collisions, sports injuries, explosions or firearms, or assaults. People may experience persistent pain, seizures, confusion, and trouble performing day-to-day tasks. Many of the injuries we see can be categorized into two types: mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) and traumatic brain injury (TBI)

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI)

A mild traumatic brain injury typically causes a loss of consciousness and/or disorientation that lasts 30 minutes or less. Referred to as “invisible injuries,” these injuries are difficult to detect with CT scans and MRIs. Furthermore, someone with a mild traumatic brain injury can appear perfectly healthy to others and is often never properly diagnosed or treated. While the term “mild” describes the contrast in symptoms with more severe brain injuries, the potential life-long effects are far from mild. Symptoms may include the following:

  • Speech difficulty
  • Confusion or memory lapse
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Dizziness and nausea
  • Light and sound sensitivity
  • Mood swings and irritability

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

A traumatic brain injury is generally categorized by a loss of consciousness from twenty minutes to six hours. They can result in serious physical and mental impairments. These injuries share some of the same symptoms as mild traumatic brain injuries; however, they are usually more severe and can render someone comatose. Additional signs include:

  • Convulsions and seizures
  • Severe and reoccurring headaches
  • Chronic nausea and vomiting
  • Numbness
  • Dilated pupils

If you notice any of the symptoms of MTBI or TBI after a personal injury or accident, seek medical attention immediately. Your health should always be your primary focus. When you’re ready to bring forth a claim, contact our brain injury lawyers to help you navigate the complexity of these types of cases.

Handling Brain Injuries

The most important first step on this journey is to seek medical attention. Your health is, and should be, the number one priority. Then, when you or your family are able, you can start to gather evidence to use with your brain injury claim. This information might include the following:

  • Pictures of the accident
  • Witness contacts
  • Police report files
  • Journal of symptoms

Our brain injury lawyers know the ins and outs of case building. We will perform research and help you gather the details to build a strong case and get you the fair compensation you need. This can be used to pay for medical bills and financial losses.

If you are supporting a loved one who sustained an injury from an accident, you can help them get the care they need and ensure they are fairly compensated by reaching out to our team of lawyers.

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How Much is My Case Worth?

This depends on the facts of your case. We examine the extent of your brain injury, the bills and expenses incurred, as well as pain and long-term impacts as a result of the accident. Some recoverable damages can include:

  • Damage to personal belongings when you sustained your injury
  • Medical expenses, such as hospitalization, medication, rehabilitation, and therapy
  • Specialized care and support, like in-home care
  • Lost wages as a result of your injury taking you out of work or future losses due to the incapacity to continue to work
  • Intangible damages of pain and suffering, like mental anguish, emotional distress, or loss of quality of life

What About Insurance Settlements?

It is important not to settle your claim before you understand the long-term implications of your injuries. Early settlements often do not account fully for medical expenses, the cost of adjusted living, or other losses incurred as a result of the accident.

Our personal injury lawyers at David Hollingsworth will deal with insurance companies on your behalf to ensure you get fair compensation for the extent of your injuries as they are now and in the future and any other reimbursements you’re entitled to.

Our Lawyers Can Help With a Child Brain Injury

Sadly, we often meet very young children who have suffered severe head injuries. Head and brain injuries are very common in children, accounting for approximately 100,000 hospital visits each year. They can be more susceptible than adults to permanent brain injury, even when the forces involved are equivalent. Most child head injuries occur as a result of:

Child injuries are complicated when it comes to compensation. It is more difficult to determine the measure of the loss of brain function in a child. With adults, there are prior records to rely on.

If your child has been in an accident and suffered a brain injury, it is imperative that you consult with an experienced lawyer. No two head injuries are alike, and it will be very important that you get the support and fair compensation you need for the rest of your child’s life. We have the experience and networks to ensure this.

Treatment and Rehabilitation After a Brain Injury

We have access and connections to the top clinical and rehabilitative care and counselling in Ottawa and surrounding areas and can assist in making sure you receive the best treatments.

It’s important to remember that programs and treatments will change as the extent of the brain injury is more known. Most rehabilitation programs focus on the following components:

  • Cognitive, visual, speech
  • Behavioural
  • Vocational
  • Educational
  • Community re-entry
  • Recreation

As science and practices evolve, so too might your injuries. We will be there every step of the way to ensure you get the most up-to-date and comprehensive care.

The active involvement of family members and friends throughout the rehabilitation process is a critical component of success. Our injury lawyers work closely with family, friends, doctors, social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, physiotherapists and other health practitioners to make sure that everyone is doing everything they can to help rebuild after a brain injury.

In addition, we work to ensure that our clients and their family are financially compensated for all losses of income (past and future), future care costs, and other related expenses or losses.

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Why Choose David Hollingsworth Personal Injury Lawyers

Having a knowledgeable personal injury team in place is important. Knowing what evidence to gather is extremely crucial when it comes to determining fair compensation, whether it be a traumatic brain injury, a moderate brain injury, or a mild brain injury.

Over the years, we have established relationships with some of the greatest Ontario brain injury specialists. As some of the best injury lawyers in Ottawa and surrounding areas, we understand the pain, sadness, and frustration of a brain injury, not only for the accident victim but also for their family and friends.

On top of the fact that we understand and care, here’s what else you can expect when you choose our firm to work for you during your lawsuit:

  • You don’t pay until your claim has been settled successfully. We understand that approaching personal injury lawyers can be intimidating, especially if you lack financial means. That’s why we remove that barrier and make justice accessible with no fees until you collect your compensation.
  • We have a high success rate and extensive experience. We’ve secured excellent results and get recommended by other lawyers, past clients, and insurance adjusters across Canada.
  • We focus on your specific case. No matter the extent of your injury, we will pursue all appropriate measures to ensure you are fairly compensated for pain and suffering, loss of income, costs of future care, and other out-of-pocket expenses.
  • We’ll support you in any language. We have lawyers who are bilingual and speak many other languages. We also have a team of translators to ensure we can remove barriers and work with you to get the fair compensation you’re entitled to.

Since 1999, we have helped hundreds of Ontario accident victims get the support they need. Rebuilding your life after sustaining a traumatic brain injury can be challenging. We’re here for you.

Contact Our Lawyers for a Free Consultation

We understand the difficulties, time commitments, mental health battles, and frustrations that our personal injury clients are suffering. Contact us free of charge to receive our legal opinion about your case and discuss how we can help you get the compensation and care you need to rebuild and start enjoying a comfortable quality of life.

Did You Know?

  • About 150,000 Canadians suffer an acquired brain injury yearly.
  • 50% of TBIs are the result of motor vehicle accidents.
  • Survivors of a brain injury are three times more likely to experience a second brain injury.
  • It’s still possible to live a good quality of life after sustaining a TBI or MBTI.

Glasgow Coma Scale

Open spontaneously 4
Open to verbal command 3
Open to pain 2
No Response 1
Oriented and converses 5
Disoriented and confused 4
Inappropriate words 3
No response 2
Incomprehensible sounds 1
Obeys commands 6
Localizes painful stimuli 5
Flexion / Withdrawal to painful stimuli 4
Abnormal flexion to painful stimuli 3
Extension to painful stimuli 2
No response 1

A Glasgow Coma Scale of:

  • 3 to 8 indicates a traumatic brain injury
  • 9 to 12 a moderate brain injury
  • 13 to 15 a mild brain injury

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Frequently Asked Questions

Head injury lawsuits range from concussion injuries to traumatic brain injuries and vary significantly. As a result of a brain injury, the more dependent a person is, the more likely they will receive maximum compensation in a brain injury settlement offer.

Brain injury cases are some of the most complicated personal injury cases. The effects of a brain injury are often not visible and settling a brain injury case requires thorough medical reports, extensive rehabilitation and an entire plan put in place to support the person with a brain injury, as well as their family. Therefore, a brain injury claim can take anywhere from months to several years to settle.

Every accident case is different and therefore the time it takes to settle an accident claim in Ontario varies. To properly prepare a case, sometimes time is needed to see if injuries will heal fully or not.

Concussion settlement amounts vary on the degree of injury. Some concussions heal within days or weeks and require immediate medical treatments that may cost an upwards of $10 000. While other concussion injuries have life-long lasting debilitating effects, are considered a brain injury, and require years of specialist appointments, a possible reduction in one’s ability to work and function as they once did and year's worth of specialist appointments. These lawsuits can be potentially worth millions of dollars. There are many expenses associated with a concussion injury and every concussion is different.

We are Ottawa personal injury lawyers who understand, who care, who are here to help… and our track record proves it.
We can’t change the past but we are the Ottawa personal injury lawyers that can help change your future.