It’s June again and for us Canadians it is Brain Injury Awareness Month. It has been estimated that around 1.3 million Canadians have an Acquired Brain Injury.
Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) is damage suffered to the brain after birth as opposed to a predisposed genetic disorder. It can stem from trauma to the brain caused by, but not limited to accidents, sporting activities and physical assault. It can also stem from non traumatic practices such as substance abuse, stroke and infections which can result in blindness, paralysis and even death. Neurodegenerative disorders, such as ALS and Alzheimer’s disease are not inclusive of ABI.
The brain is a vital organ responsible for cognitive function and most major behaviours; emotional, physical, social, etc. ABI impacts your life and your family’s life in a major way. It requires a huge adjustment which is often impactful to the success of your recovery. The Brain Canada Foundation is being supported by the government because of the severity and commonality of the impact brain injuries have on society (financially, socially etc). The government is offering one hundred million dollars over a period of six years to organize and establish the Canada Brain Research Fund. The funds generated will be used to research brain related functions, capabilities and recovery behaviours. Additionally, it has been announced that funding will also be sourced to research mild brain traumatic injuries related to concussions. The benefits of this include prevention and proper diagnosis and treatment which will increase the odds of a quicker recovery time as well as understanding the long term issues stemming from them.
While all of our environments cannot be controlled there are a few simple tasks we can practice to minimize damage.
- With sporting events as well as leisure activities you should practice wearing all protective gear and follow riding safety tips.
- Often overlooked, simple objects found within the home whether it is toys, household cleaning agents or even window blind cords should all be locked away or kept out of reach of our kids.
- Vehicular accidents are a major contributor to traumatic brain injuries. A few easy decisions like staying within the speed limit, wearing seatbelts, ensuring your vehicle is up-to-date on servicing, not drinking or texting while driving are all effective ways of preventing accidents.
Recently, in Barrie, the annual Helmets on Kids (a bicycle safety program) was held with the ever popular “jello brain” display. Partnered with the community, the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (of which Steve Rastin is a member) launched the program in 2002 and has provided over nineteen thousand bicycle helmets to students throughout Ontario.
We specialize in a number of practice areas, one of which is brain injury cases. If you have been hurt or know of someone who has, let us at Rastin & Associates help inform you of the options and steps you should take on your road to recovery. During this time, you may be incapacitated or seriously impaired and your mind should be on rehabilitation. Allow us to represent your legal needs and call us for a free initial consultation.