“Traumatic Brain Injury occurs to 500 out of 100,000 individuals yearly in Canada with 18,000 in Ontario alone, and every day there are 35 persons admitted to hospital as a result of traumatic brain injuries,” that’s according to the Brain Injury Association of Waterloo-Wellington as stated on their website www.biaww.com. The same site states that “every year in Canada over 11,000 people die as a result of a Traumatic Brain Injury and over 6,000 become permanently disabled after a traumatic brain injury.  Acquired brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability for Canadians under the age of 35. Within the next hour, six Canadians will suffer a brain injury,”  Source: Brain Injury Association of Waterloo-Wellington (www.biaww.com) citing resources for Acquired Brain Injury pages from the following websites: Ontario Brain Injury Association (www.obia.ca), Canadian Brain Injury Association (www.biav-acic.ca, Brain Trust Canada www.braintrustcanada.com and Brain Injury Association of Nipissing, www.dawn.thot.net/brain).

The numbers are staggering.  In a blog by Ruth Wilcock, Executive Director of the Ontario Brain Injury Association posted on the OBIA website, Ruth states that “In Ontario alone, there are close to half a million people living with a brain injury.”  Executive Director Wilcock shares a few of the findings from the OBIA Impact Report in her blog, as follows:  “Fifteen percent of respondents indicated that it took longer than six months to learn of their brain injury; four percent stated it being more than five years. More than 75% have trouble with depression and/or anxiety… more than 90% have trouble with concentration, making decisions and memory. Complications of brain injury may include problems with: Mood Swings 76%, dizziness 71%, Vision 58%, Hearing Problems 45%, and Seizures 22%.” Source: OBIA website, www.obia.ca.

The severity of the injury or trauma to the head as a result of an accident can have devastating consequences.  It takes a village to help get a brain injured individual on the road to recovering, including a team of neuro-rehabilitation experts which may include occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, psychologists and physiotherapists, all of whom are essential in maximizing recovery.

Brian A. Horowitz at Horowitz Injury Law understands the devastating effect a brain injury can have on a person’s life, often requiring a lifetime of support and services for the victim and their family.  We have almost 35  years of experience in dealing with catastrophic brain injuries and their consequences, with a proven track record of resolving the claims of individuals who have suffered traumatic brain injuries. We have the experience and expertise to take your case to trial, if need be, to ensure that you and your family are fully protected by the law.  If you are looking for an experienced, knowledgeable and empathetic brain injury lawyer in Toronto, serving Ontario, contact us today at Horowitz Injury Law.  416-925-4100.