Owing to the enhanced benefits, which, by law are enjoyed by the Ontario resident that has sustained a catastrophic impairment then a long line of doctors must follow-up on a simple request from an injured patient. That request entails completion of Ontario’s OCF-19 form. Based on the form’s contents, an insurer can agree to or reject a claimed determination, which insists on the victim’s possession of a catastrophic injury. However, it is best to discuss your case with a Personal Injury Lawyer in Barrie. (more…)
Any passengers on a bus at the time of a collision enjoy a fair amount of protection. That public transportation vehicle has lots of heavy metal on its front, side and rear sections. Yet there are times when a bus rider can suffer a severe injury. (more…)
No one would deny the fact that at the time of a collision, the driver and passengers in any of the colliding vehicles feels both forward and backward forces. Those forces can damage a weak region of the body, such as the neck. Those facts seem obvious. (more…)
Traumatic brain injury has gotten much attention lately because of professional and school sports and the number of incidents of concussions. As Barrie injury lawyers, we often see clients who are suffering from the results of traumatic brain injuries. Over the past year, researchers in London, ON have developed a blood test that they say has a 90% accuracy rating to identify a concussion. This can have incredible repercussions in the way that concussions are diagnosed.
A concussion is one type of brain injury that is caused by a blow or jolt to the head or body. This blow can result in the brain bouncing or twisting inside the skull. Concussions can cause damage to brain cells and result in chemical changes inside the brain. There are many long-term effects of this kind of trauma which, at times, can even be fatal.
Up until now, the medical community has only had symptoms and imaging technology to go by when trying to diagnose concussions. Symptoms are often subtle and often do not show up right away which meant that concussions were often going undiagnosed and untreated creating long-term impairment in some cases. Symptoms were often as innocuous as headaches, nausea, confusion, fatigue, or vomiting which could be symptoms for a variety of other conditions.
But today a single drop of blood could be the answer to diagnosing the presence of a traumatic brain injury. This blood test focuses on levels of certain metabolites that are present in the blood. Metabolites are a waste product generated by the human body. It carries with it a set of chemical indicators that can tell doctors what is happening in the human body at any given time. The researchers tested a series of 174 metabolites to look at the whole picture of what happened after an injury.
“We were very pleasantly surprised to find out that the pattern of change for 174 metabolites was really quite dramatic after an injury,” said Dr. Douglas Fraser, the lead researcher of the project.
At this time, the cost of the test is only about $100 and is anticipated to get as low as $40 which would make it as affordable as most other blood tests available today. This test holds promise for victims of brain injuries. In the past, it was difficult to diagnose and prove brain injuries as so many symptoms were subjective. This accurate test could offer a huge benefit for sufferers of traumatic brain injuries.
When you have suffered a brain injury as the result of an accident, help is available. Call a personal injury lawyer in Barrie to understand how your rights can be protected. The legal experts at Makaronets Law are glad to speak with you during a no-cost consultation to discuss your legal options.
After an accident or incident, traumatic brain injury can have a large impact on the quality of life for a victim. The brain defines our very sense of self and an injury can affect all aspects of a victim’s life. Injuries can be unpredictable and the needs and costs of future care can be difficult to assess. Personal injury lawyers in Stouffville know when it comes to one of the most insidious brain injuries today, post-concussion syndrome can be even more difficult to prove in the way of a personal injury claim. (more…)