Have you or a member of your family suffered a brain injury? Here’s what to do.

Of all the injuries that can result from an accident, a brain injury can be among the most damaging. A serious brain injury can have immediate and lasting effects on your ability to communicate and function in day-to-day life, and even minor injuries can result in effects later in life. For instance, concussions have become a point of national concern in Canada, often in relation to football and hockey injuries in youth. Studies have suggested that repeated minor head injuries can increase your chances of developing Alzheimer’s and other sorts of dementia later in life.

The Northern Brain Injury Association has some excellent resources on their website, NBIA.ca, and provide some telling statistics in the following excerpt:

Of all types of injury around the world, injuries to the brain are among the most likely to result in death or permanent disability. In fact, brain injury is currently a leading cause of death and disability worldwide.

The annual incidence of acquired brain injury in Canada is 44 times more common than spinal cord injuries, 30 times more common than breast cancer, and 400 times more common than HIV/AIDS. In fact, brain injury occurs at a rate greater than that of all known cases of Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury, HIV/AIDS and Breast Cancer per year combined.

Brain injury receives far less funding nationally than any one of the above issues does provincially.

452 people suffer a brain injury every day in Canada. This amounts to one person injured with a traumatic brain injury every 3 minutes.

Brain Injury occurs at a rate of 500 out of 100,000 individuals yearly in Canada. From a population of 33,000,000, that translates to 165,000 brain injuries per year.

Of those, tens of thousands of become partially or permanently disabled, and more than 11,000 Canadians die.

If you have suffered a brain injury in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. You should contact a personal injury lawyer, such as Neinstein and Associates of Toronto, to learn whether you have the basis for a claim.

An example of the sort of care a personal injury lawyer can provide for someone who has suffered a brain injury can be found in the following video clip. Leah was out with some friends in Toronto when she was struck and dragged by a streetcar. She was not originally expected to live, and when she did survive had a laundry list of serious injuries, including a brain injury, which resulted in her being put in an induced coma for weeks.

Her mother contacted Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers, who Leah says “took over” her care.

“They took care of everything,” Leah says in the video. They went above and beyond what I’d expect. I remember being told several times my job was to just get well and focus on my recovery. Day to day I didn’t have to worry about a thing.”

Lawyer Stacy Koumarelas was Leah’s primary contact at Neinstein, and she helped to assemble a team of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, massage therapists and other healthcare professionals to expedite Leah’s recovery. Check out her testimonial here: