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Understanding Brain and Spinal Injuries


| Injuries to the brain and spine can range in severity from mild to severe. They impact the injured parties directly as well as those who care for the injured. It is important to seek legal assistance in case of an accident to ensure compensation is collected to pay for medical bills and to supplement additional expenses. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Understanding Brain and Spinal Injuries

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  • A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the result of
    sudden physical damage to the brain, with
    severity ranging from minor to severe.
  • A spinal cord injury (SCI) is damage or trauma to
    the spinal cord. A spinal injury can result in
    impairment or loss of function, mobility, or

  • A brain injury can occur when the brain is
    violently shaken, such as in an accident that
    results in whiplash. It can also occur as a
    result of any force that strikes, penetrates, or
    fractures the skull.
  • A spinal injury can occur from a fall or
    collision, among other causes. It is not
    necessary for the spine to be severed for loss of
    functioning to occur.

  • Brain injuries include
  • Concussion caused by a blow to the head,
    whiplash, or violent shaking.
  • Contusion caused by a direct impact leading to
    bleeding on the brain.
  • Diffuse Axonal caused by shaking or a strong
    rotation of the head.
  • Penetration caused by the impact of a bullet,
    knife, or other object.

  • Spinal injuries can occur anywhere along the
    spinal cord and include
  • Complete injury, whereby there is no function
    below the level of injury, including sensation
    and movement. Both sides of the body are equally
  • Incomplete injury, whereby there is some function
    below the level of the injury, such as movement
    in one limb, feeling in certain parts of the
    body, or more function on one side of the body
    than the other.

  • Brain injuries are considered the most likely
    accident to result in death or permanent
  • Brain injury affects 500 out of 100,000
    individuals yearly, with approximately 450 people
    suffering a brain injury every day. This
    accounts for one person being affected by a brain
    injury every three minutes.
  • More than 11,000 Canadians die each year as a
    result of a traumatic brain injury.

  • There are approximately 86,000 people living with
    a spinal cord injury in Canada, with an estimated
    4,300 new cases of injury yearly.
  • Approximately 51 of cases are the result of
    traumatic injury, that is, an accident instead of
    a disease.
  • One in three Canadians will be disabled for three
    or more months before the age of 65.
  • Individuals with a spinal cord injury are
    expected to live 15-30 fewer years than the
    average Canadian.

  • Injuries impact how a person thinks, acts, and
    feels. It is important to remember this type of
    injury is complex and varies from person to
  • Living with an injury is difficult for both the
    person affected by the injury and the loved ones
    who care for the injured. Patience is a
    significant contributing factor to recovery and
    caring for someone with an injury.

  • After an injury, it is important to seek the
    assistance of a lawyer. It is possible the
    accident was caused by criminal action or
    negligence, and it is important to investigate if
    you are legally entitled to compensation.
  • Finding a lawyer that is both knowledgeable and
    experienced is key.

  • Barry Edson has successfully represented the
    general Toronto area for over 30 years. Trusted
    by local clients, he has acted as counsel on
    thousands of personal injury, fatal accident, and
    disability claims. In the course of recovering
    millions of dollars in settlements, judgments,
    and disability payments for his clients, he has
    also established many important legal precedents.
    Your initial consultation with Barry Edson is
    always free and there is no pressure of further
  • Website http//edsonlegal.com/
  • Phone 1-855-702-3119

  • http//nbia.ca/brain-injury-statistics/
  • http//sci-can.ca/resources/sci-facts/
  • http//www.vancouversun.com/health/Factsspinalco
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