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How do I know if I have a Traumatic Brain Injury?


Most injuries, including some Traumatic Brain Injuries, can be seen in some way, either with the naked eye or with medical imaging tools like MRI or CT scans. Many TBIs, however, will not be visible in those scans – but that doesn’t mean the injury is not there.

Statistics show that 100,000 Canadians will experience a brain injury each year and approximately 1.5 million people in Canada are living with a brain injury. (Source:Brain Injury Canada)

Symptoms may not be immediately visible

The symptoms of a TBI are not always immediately obvious after the accident. You may only feel different several days, weeks or months later, when you return to work or resume your usual daily activities.

Potential problems caused by a Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Pain in the head, neck or back
  • Loss of ability to read, write, speak, hear or see
  • Loss of mobility and muscle control
  • Increased sensitivity to noise, touch, or certain types of lighting
  • Loss of memory
  • Confusion
  • Poor or inappropriate language
  • Sudden emotional outbursts
  • Anxiety attacks
  • Changes in personality

TBI in children

There is a myth that children recover from TBI better than adults. The myth rests on the idea that a developing brain can heal better than a fully mature one. In fact, because a child’s brain is not completely developed, it may take years to realize the effects of the brain injury. Children who suffer a TBI may actually face more long-term challenges than adults. Even if the child seems to have recovered physically and is doing normally in school, there may be difficulties that arise later.

If a Traumatic Brain Injury results from the negligence of another person, the TBI victim may be entitled to compensation for the injury and the resulting disability. CLG Injury Law has been representing clients with Traumatic Brain Injuries for over 25 years. You can also learn more about TBI by downloading our eBook or byContacting Us at 1-800-606-2529.

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