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A TBI, or traumatic brain injury, can occur when a person suffers a powerful blow to the head. It is a complex injury resulting in a broad spectrum of disabilities and symptoms. The injuries associated with TBI can be mild or severe, with symptoms ranging from dizziness or confusion to loss of mobility or cognitive function. In some cases, a TBI could lead to a coma, a persistent vegetative state or even death.

While many factors can cause a person to suffer a brain injury, motor vehicle accidents are by far the largest cause in Canada at 30 percent. The second largest cause is related to sports activities at 20 percent and the third largest is biking at 15 percent. The medical industry, violence and workplace accidents are tied for the fourth largest at 10 percent each and diving comes in last at 5 percent.

It is estimated that 1.3 million Canadian citizens live with a brain injury, nearly 500,000 of these in Ontario. Statistics also indicate that 465 Canadians suffer a brain injury every day and that six Canadian citizens will incur a brain injury within the next hour. Further, many of the victims of brain injury suffer from behavioural, cognitive or physical consequences that are so severe that they are unable to return to their pre-injury lifestyles.

In a nutshell, these statistics show what a huge problem brain injuries are in Canada. Because of the often catastrophic consequences of such injuries, many victims will require lifetime care. This is why it is so important to take action if you or a loved one have been injured through negligence. A consultation with an Ontario personal injury lawyer can open the door to maximum physical and financial recovery.

Source: Brain Injury Association, "Causes of Acquired Brain Injury," accessed March 22, 2016

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