Accidents happen - car accidents, slips and falls, and tripping on hazardous objects are fairly routine events. Unfortunately, an accident, major or minor, can sometimes cause considerable consequences. Trauma to the head can happen easily and can result in complicated injuries to the brain.
HOW COMMON ARE BRAIN INJURIES RESULTING FROM SLIP AND FALLS AND CAR ACCIDENTS?
While you might not hear about traumatic brain injuries every day, they occur more often than you might think.
The following statistics from the Brain Injury Association of Canada are quite revealing:
In addition, Brain Injury Canada reports that about half of all traumatic brain injuries are caused by slips and fall accidents and motor vehicle accidents.
WHO IS AT RISK?
While anyone can be the victim of a traumatic brain injury, certain groups are more at risk than others. According to the Mayo Clinic, the following groups are most susceptible to brain injury:
EFFECTS OF BRAIN INJURIES
The symptoms and side effects of brain injuries are multi-dimensional, and unfortunately, often quite disruptive to a person’s day to day life. Below are a few of the ways in which suffering a TBI may affect a person’s day-to-day life:
WHAT COMPENSATION IS AVAILABLE TO THE VICTIM OF AN ACCIDENT WHO SUFFERS A TBI?
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury in a car accident or a slip and fall incident, compensation may be available to you if another party is at fault.
You may wish to commence a lawsuit against an at-fault driver in a car accident, or a retail store that failed to keep its space hazard-free, resulting in a fall. In both cases, the at-fault party will generally have insurance coverage available to pay out your claim, whether by settlement, or if the matter proceeds to trial.
If a third party is liable for your injuries, you may be able to collect compensation for general pain and suffering (known as non-pecuniary general damages), loss of income resulting from an inability to work that relates to your injuries, and costs of various types of medical and rehabilitative care required for ongoing treatment of your injuries. A Calgary, Edmonton or Red Deer brain injury lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve.
In Labrecque v. Heimbeckner, 2007 ABQB 501 (CanLII), for example, the plaintiff was seriously injured in a highway motor vehicle accident when she was struck by a R.C.M.P vehicle travelling at a high speed. She sustained a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury that resulted in damage to her frontal lobe, among other injuries. Ms. Labrecque was awarded nearly $1.2 million at trial, with $482,000 allocated to future care costs, $200,000 to non-pecuniary general damages, and over $100,000 for diminished earning capacity.
CONTACT BRAITHWAITE BOYLE ACCIDENT INJURY LAW FOR A BRAIN INJURY LAWYER IN CALGARY, ALBERTA If you have suffered a brain injury accident in Calgary, Edmonton or Red Deer, a free legal consultation is available from a personal injury lawyer at our firm. We are experienced in claims involving a traumatic brain injury. We can assess your case, help you to maximize a settlement, and take your matter to trial if necessary. Contact us for legal services at 1-800-661-4902.