A closed head injury or traumatic brain injury affects not only the injured person, but also their friends and family.

Prompt and accurate diagnosis along with intensive treatment is a critical first step in dealing with a traumatic brain injury, however such diagnosis and treatment is often missed or overlooked. Signs and symptoms of brain injuries may not be immediately obvious to the injured person, their family and friends, or even the medical professionals overseeing their care. This is particularly so where a person has suffered serious physical injuries that require acute care.

While the signs of a traumatic brain injury may not be as obvious as a fractured bone, for instance, these injuries can result in significant long-term impact on a person’s life, even from traumatic brain injuries that are determined to be on the “mild” end of the scale. One need only look at the literature around concussions in sport to recognize the serious nature of these injuries.
We most often see traumatic brain injuries resulting from a motor vehicle accident or significant fall where, as the name indicates, a person has suffered trauma to the head/brain. This can obviously occur from a person’s head impacting a surface or object, but can also occur from an abrupt deceleration of the head, causing the brain to impact the interior of the skull (for example, in a significant rear-end collision).

As noted, signs of traumatic brain injury may be missed during emergency treatment, particularly where there was no loss of consciousness or only a brief period of unconsciousness, and certain symptoms may only emerge in the weeks or months following the injury. Typical symptoms of a traumatic brain injury include:

  • Short-term memory loss;
  • Headaches;
  • Changes in mood or personality;
  • Difficulties with focus and concentration;
  • Changes in hearing, taste, or smell;
  • Issues with vision; 
  • Fatigue; and
  • Word-finding difficulties.

At Cuming & Gillespie, we have the experience and resources to litigate traumatic brain injury cases. From a proper and thorough assessment to determine the nature and extent of the injury through to case presentation at Trial, we are leaders in this area in Alberta.

Our firm also recognizes the critical importance of proper treatment and rehabilitation following the injury in order to maximize our client’s recovery and are active in working with our clients and their treatment providers to ensure that appropriate rehabilitative resources are in place.

In order to do our part to support the rehabilitation of brain injury patients, Cuming & Gillespie is proud to be the founding donor of the Foothills Hospital Brain Injury Patient Experience Program. This program was set up in conjunction with the Foothills Hospital and the Calgary Health Trust in order to assist those who have suffered a brain injury or spinal injury to focus on rehabilitation while in hospital and help transition back into the community upon discharge. Cuming & Gillespie is proud to have been involved in the implementation of this program and to provide the funding to hire a team of people to increase the positive experience that patients have in a hospital setting. To learn from about the Foothills Hospital Brain Injury Patient Experience Program, you may visit the Calgary Health Trust website at: http://www.calgaryhealthtrust.ca/your-impact/...

Hiring a lawyer is a serious decision. We are committed to providing the best legal service for those who need it most. We have handled numerous traumatic brain injury claims ranging from “minor” to those classified as the most severe. We believe that the results for our clients speak for themselves and would encourage you to review the testimonials prior clients have provided.

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury, including a traumatic brain injury, please contact us to discuss how we can help.

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