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June Is National Brain Injury Awareness Month

Awaxman and Associates want to remind everyone that Canada designates June as brain injury awareness month, to raise awareness and to inform Canadians about the effects of brain injuries.

Toronto, ON (PRWEB) May 28, 2014

Brain injuries affect an astonishing amount of Canadians every year. According to the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, 500,000 Canadians are affected by brain injuries and the annual incidents of traumatic brain injuries is greater than Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury, HIV/AIDS and Breast Cancer combined.

According to the Brain Injury Association of Canada (BIAC), brain injuries have become a significant medical and societal concern over the last few decades. Over the past few years, there has been a noticeable increase in news stories about concussions, brain injuries and the effects of traumatic brain injuries as a result of high profile injuries to athletes such as Sidney Crosby* and Michael Schumacher**.

How many applications are being developed to help people with brain injuries? Helmets with sensor technology that can detect a hit to the head? There is a need for this technology as society is becoming more and more aware that a concussion is more that just “a bump to the head”, and more aware of what a brain injury is.

What is a brain injury? The term which is used to describe brain injuries that occur after birth is acquired brain injury (ABI). An acquired brain injury is damage to the brain resulting from a traumatic or non-traumatic event. A non-traumatic brain injury could be a brain injury that is the result of an illness such as meningitis or stroke. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a brain injury that occurs as a result of a direct blow to the head, such as from a motor vehicle accident (as a driver, passenger, cyclist, pedestrian), from playing sports, from a slip and fall/trip and fall, or from an assault.

The effects of a brain injury will vary depending on the area of the brain that was injured and depending on the severity of the injury. A person who has sustained a brain injury may develop headaches, irritability, confusion, dizziness, tinnitus, short-term memory loss, difficulty concentration and other difficulties.

Some helpful resources to learn more about brain injuries:

http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/adult/physical_medicine_and_rehabilitation/acquired_brain_injury_85,P01145/

http://biac-aclc.ca/what-is-it/

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/traumatic-brain-injury/basics/definition/con-20029302

Brain injury is one of the leading causes of adult disability. Aaron Waxman and Associates is a Toronto law firm that handles long-term disability claims, including claims for traumatic brain injuries. If your claim for benefits has been denied, seek the advice of a lawyer to ensure that you have not missed any limitation periods and to be advised of your legal rights.

About us:

Aaron Waxman and Associates is a Toronto law firm whose practice is focused on long- term disability claims, short term disability claims, psychological illness claims, critical illness claims, life insurance claims, slip & fall claims, occupier’s liability claims, automobile accident claims, traumatic brain injury claims, and other types of personal injury claims.

We only help injured persons; we do not work for insurance companies.

We offer a free, no obligation initial consultation.

We can help you get your life back on track.

Contact us:

http://www.awaxmanlaw.ca

t: 416 661-4878
tf: 1-888-955-5342
e: awaxman(at)awaxmanlaw(dot)ca

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Sources

*theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/crosby-discusses-lengthy-recovery-road-from-concussions-safety-of-the-game/article14118504/

**traumaticbraininjury.net/can-michael-schumacher-recover-from-his-severe-brain-injuries/


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