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Traumatic Brain Injuries Make Accidents Life Altering

Posted in: Blog // Written on behalf of Cuming & Gillespie
June 3, 2015

Any injury resulting from an accident can change your capabilities and your opportunities, limiting your range of motion, the activities your physician or medical team says you’re suited for, and possibly forcing you to live your life with chronic pain that cannot be effectively treated. Many of these injuries lead to noticeable physical handicaps that make simple tasks like going to the store, performing your job, or even driving your car an all but impossible task.

Traumatic brain injuries are something else altogether.

There is no predicting the full scope of the effects of a traumatic brain injury. As the headquarters for all of the body’s functions and even for the creation and performance of your personality, the brain is the most essential and irreplaceable part of the body—it’s what enables everything else to function, and it’s what makes you you.

The serious, far-reaching, and often unpredictable effects of traumatic brain injuries make these cases far more poignant than other injuries. It is also far more important for victims of traumatic brain injures to seek the help they need to secure their rights.

Understanding Your Rights After a Traumatic Brain Injury

When you imagine someone with a traumatic brain injury without having actually worked with these often-inspiring individuals, you might think of people with immediately noticeable diminished capacities—people requiring ’round the clock’ care because they are no longer able to take care of themselves. There’s no question that traumatic brain injuries can result in this level of incapacitation, and no question that when such an injury is the result of someone else’s negligence that it’s actionable in a civil proceeding.

Even without such profound and immediately-observable effects, however, a traumatic brain injury can be truly life-altering, and may still be grounds for a suit as well.

People who suffer from traumatic brain injuries but retain many of their basic functions and cognitive abilities are often overlooked by the public at large, but their daily struggles are often quite extreme. The types of effects they can experience are numerous, from extreme difficulties remembering names and recognizing faces to frequent debilitating headaches to extreme personality changes—all of these are regularly documented outcomes from traumatic brain injuries, and all of these can have severe impacts on one’s quality of life and their ability to function in their job and in their family.

Everyone in Calgary and in Canada has the right to enjoy their life without being harmed by others. When that right is infringed—when they are harmed by someone’s negligence, and especially when someone’s wrongful acts results in their inability to enjoy their life to the extent they could before—the injured party has the right to be compensated for that harm, and for that infringement on their rights.

Few if any injuries are more infringing than traumatic brain injuries, and victims of these injuries deserve justice.

Contact Compassionate Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers

As the founding donor for the Foothills Hospital Brain Injury Patient Experience Program, we mean it when we say we care a great deal about giving our traumatic brain injury clients the best possible chance at restoring their lives as completely as possible. For a personal injury lawyer that knows and cares about what traumatic brain injuries mean to those affected, contact our office today.


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