Each person is affected by a brain injury differently because each injury is different. We understand that people affected by brain injury often spend an immense amount of time and energy working on healing and recovering throughout their lengthy stays in the hospital and subsequent rehabilitation. The burden of traumatic brain injuries affects not only the survivor, but also their family, friends, and employers.
At Martin G. Schulz & Associates, our legal team prosecutes brain injury and other serious or permanent injury cases throughout Western Canada. Our personal injury lawyers and associate professionals are here to serve you during your difficult time. We want to take the burden off your shoulders and obtain an award that will assist you with medical bills, rehabilitation, loss of wages, and at home stay costs.
At Martin G. Schulz & Associates, we vow to treat each case on an individual basis. Our team of personal injury lawyers is dedicated to working with each of our clients and their families with a great amount of attention to your specific case. No claim is too small, and all of your concerns will be addressed by our attentive and understanding team.
In 2001, Martin G. Schulz & Associates recognized a significant lack of specialization and follow-up care for clients with brain injuries. Since then, our firm has invested in establishing a sizeable network of professional associates in order to better meet these unique demands.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an injury to the brain that occurs as a result of an external force to the brain, such as a car crash. Most traumatic brain injuries are caused by the bruising, bleeding, twisting or tearing of brain tissue. Damage may occur to the brain at the time of the accident or even later, due to swelling or internal bleeding.
FACT: Car-crash deaths outnumber homicide by almost five to one in Canada.
FACT: 56,000 new cases of traumatic brain injury (TBI) occur each year; in 36,000 individuals the injury is severe enough to require hospitalization; of these, 2,500 will die.
FACT: 9,000 injured survivors will require long-term rehabilitation; 6,000 of these will live with a disability.
These injuries can have devastating results for the injured party and their families. This is a major cause of death and disability around the world, especially in children and young adults.
Leading Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury
Half of all brain injuries are the direct result of motor vehicle accidents. Additional dangerous causes of trauma to the head and brain are:
- Pedestrian struck by a vehicle
- Occupant of a motor vehicle accident is ejected from vehicle
- A fall of 3 or more feet (the equivalent of 5 stairs or more)
- High speed motor vehicle accident collisions.
At Martin G. Schulz & Associates, our specialized team of personal injury lawyers is prepared to assist you, armed with up to date information in regards to all aspects of brain injuries, the assessment methods required to identify such injuries and the treatment needed to minimize the impact of such injuries.
Some Types of Brain Injuries
Skull Fracture – a break in the bone that surrounds the brain.
Anoxic Brain injury – caused by lack of oxygen to the brain. It usually results from lack of blood flowing due to injury or bleeding and can cause a swelling of the brain tissue to occur.
Diffuse Axonal Injury (DAI) – an injury that results when a force is exerted on the nerve fibers of the brain. DAI may cause loss of consciousness, or in worse cases may result in a coma which may last an indefinite period.
Spinal Cord Injury – Brain injury is the most common injury linked with spinal cord injuries. Approximately 58% of people whom sustained a spinal cord injury also sustained a brain injury in the same accident.
Pediatric Brain Injuries – Although brain injuries are not limited to the older individuals in society, it is especially traumatic when sustained by a child as their developing brains are fragile already. Because the child is still developing, signs of brain injury may not be perceived until sometime later. As well, motor skills, speech development and cognitive skills may be delayed due to injury.
Hematoma – There are two types of hematomas.
- Epidural hematoma – blood accumulating between the skull and top layer of the brain. This can cause pressure to the brain, which can press down on the spinal cord and compress the brain stem resulting in death.
- Intracerebral hematoma – a blood clot in the middle of the brain which is very hard to remove.
BRAIN INJURY SYMPTOMS
In any case of TBI, it is necessary for a medical professional to study the symptoms that follow the accident in order to diagnose the condition. In many cases the symptoms may be so slight as to escape the victim’s notice, but if treatment is not available, further injury can develop. Often the symptoms may be delayed for many hours, until swelling in the brain reaches a point that if affects the victim.
Survivors of traumatic brain injuries may demonstrate a number of symptoms after the initial accident. Symptoms may be as obvious as coma or as subtle as a change in emotional behavior. Some symptoms may include:
- Slowed Thinking
- Concentration Problems
- Perception Difficulties