Toronto Brain Injury (TBI) Compensation Lawyers

Verkhovets Law, Toronto brain injury lawyers, know that 800 Ontarians die every year due to a brain injury. It’s a staggering number. The scariest part is that brain injury can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere, for so many different reasons – from a seemingly innocent bump on the head to a catastrophic car accident. A senior falls because the landlord didn’t clear the walkway. A busy mom is clipped by a van on her way home from the store. Small bumps and bodychecks in youth hockey can add up. These are all victims of brain injuries of different severity and causes. They deserve compensation for the devastating effects caused by someone else’s negligence.

The Toronto brain injury lawyers at Verkhovets Law understand that when someone is struck down by a brain injury, their life may be seriously impacted for days, months, years, and often times forever. Recovery can be slow, and returning to work after a brain injury is challenging, if not impossible.

The Toronto brain injury lawyers at Verkhovets law will tell you that brain injury cases are complex. They require a holistic approach that addresses medical, administrative, financial, and legal aspects of the case. If you are healthy, these are things and questions that we normally don’t have to think about. When you suffer a brain injury, the smallest details can cause larger problems:

  • How to get to a doctor’s appointment if you are unable to be transported in a regular car?
  • Who will clean the house?
  • Or pick up the kids from school?
  • How not to forget taking your medication on time?
  • Who will arrange and pay for home modifications, such as stair lifts or elevators?

These questions are endless. It is wise to involve our Toronto brain injury lawyers as soon as possible to tailor a customized approach to your case.

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The importance of working with our
Toronto brain injury lawyers

The importance of working with our Toronto brain injury lawyers

Verkhovets Law, Toronto brain injury lawyers, won’t sugar coat it: a brain injury does alter the course of an injured person’s life forever – and that of their loved ones, too. Each year, 165,000 Canadians sustain a brain injury while it’s estimated that 1.5 million are living with some degree of this devastating injury. Recovery from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be a long and financially draining journey. We know how to evaluate your physical, cognitive, and psychological injuries and properly assess your damages.

Our Toronto brain injury lawyers have ample experience working with people who sustained a traumatic brain injury. We understand how the tasks that used to be easy can become impossible in a split second. It’s important to have us on board immediately after a brain injury happens. Our extensive knowledge and experience will allow us to help prepare for what comes next in all aspects of life: caregiving, medical needs, rehabilitation, home modifications, and basically learning to live and do things differently. We foresee changes and take steps to minimize the impact of loss of income, reduced mobility, both physical and emotional pain, and adjustment to the new “normal”. We know finances are paramount, especially if you are the breadwinner.

The Toronto brain injury lawyers at Verkhovets Law note that brain injury is one of the most complex types of injury in personal injury law because of the complexity and severity of resultant impairments and not yet fully understood nature of brain injury. The strategy of the case of critical for successful outcome. It will depend on how the injury happened, its severity, and other specific factors.

Verkhovets Law, Toronto brain injury lawyers, explain if the injury is sustained in a motor vehicle accident, we will guide you in applying for accident benefits under the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS) under the Insurance Act, either through your insurance or the other driver’s. If that’s not available, you can turn to the Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Fund (MVACF) governed by the Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Act (MVACA).

Our Toronto brain injury lawyers know if it’s determined your injuries were caused by the negligent actions of another driver, then we will file a civil lawsuit claiming maximum damages. Alternatively, if your injury was caused by a slip and fall accident, negligence is determined under the Occupiers’ Liability Act and a lawsuit will have to be filed against a property owner, business, tenant, or municipality that breached their duty of care. The standard of care may differ.

Often, a traumatic brain injury requires application for long-term disability benefits whether it’s sustained from an accident, or the onset of illness. Our Toronto brain injury lawyers note if the insurer denies these benefits, a lawsuit to recover damages can be filed in the Superior Court of Justice.

Further, if the brain injury results in a fatality or wrongful death, the Toronto brain injury lawyers at Verkhovets Law are here to handle a wrongful death lawsuit, under the Family Law Act.

Call or email our Toronto brain injury lawyers today. We take your brain injury case to heart.

Call or email our Toronto brain injury lawyers today.
We take your brain injury case to heart.
Call or email our Toronto brain injury lawyers today. We take your brain injury case to heart.

Brain injury symptoms can vary,
say our Toronto brain injury lawyers

Brain injury symptoms can vary,
say our Toronto brain injury lawyers

Brain injury symptoms can vary, say our Toronto brain injury lawyers

Verkhovets Law, Toronto brain injury lawyers, warn that a brain injury can be difficult to diagnose, and unless it’s an obvious traumatic brain injury (TBI), signs may take time to appear – meanwhile you may not even realize the true significance of what’s developing inside the cranium.

The Toronto brain injury lawyers at Verkhovets Law stress that spotting the symptoms as quickly as possible after any incident involving your head is important before the worst happens.

The tragic ski accident death of actress Natasha Richardson, in 2009 at Mont Tremblant Ski Resort north of Montreal, who seemed fine at first and declined treatment, brought the so-called “talk and die” syndrome of brain injuries into the forefront.

Our Toronto brain injury lawyers note that what complicates an assessment is that there are so many possible types of brain injuries and ways they can be sustained. They are categorized as closed head injury or penetrating brain injury.

The most common types of brain injuries include:
  • Concussion
  • Contusion
  • Diffuse axonal injury
  • Edema
  • Hematoma
  • Ischemia: cut off blood supply
  • Second impact syndrome
  • Skull fracture

The Toronto brain injury lawyers at Verkhovets Law advise that there are different
signs and symptoms to look out for depending on the kind of injury incurred. For a
mild brain injury, they include:

  • Anxiety
  • Blurred vision
  • Bad taste
  • Changes in smell
  • Dazed, disoriented
  • Difficulty sleeping / sleeping more
  • Loss of balance
  • Loss of consciousness for seconds/minutes
  • Mood changes
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling depressed
  • Headache
  • Light /sound sensitivity
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Ringing in the ears

The Toronto brain injury lawyers at Verkhovets Law advise that there are different
signs and symptoms to look out for depending on the kind of injury incurred. For a
mild brain injury, they include:

  • Agitation
  • Can’t wake up
  • Coma
  • Clear fluids from ears/nose
  • Compulsive behaviour
  • Convulsions/seizures
  • Slurred speech
  • Stuttering
  • Coordination loss
  • Deep confusion
  • Dilation of one/both pupils
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Persistent/worsening headache
  • Repeated vomiting/nausea
  • Second impact syndrome (swelling)
  • Weakness/numbness in fingers, toes

Toronto brain injury lawyers define
common brain injury terms

Toronto brain injury lawyers define
common brain injury terms

Toronto brain injury lawyers define common brain injury terms

Activities of daily living (ADL) – Verkhovets Law, Toronto brain injury lawyers, note the term activities of daily living (ADL), refers to the testing to evaluate the fundamental skills needed to care for yourself. The basic ADL checklist includes gauging ambulating (movement and walking ability), continence, dressing, feeding, personal hygiene, and toileting.

Neurological assessment – The Toronto brain injury lawyers at Verkhovets Law define a neurological assessment as a series of tests to determine the damage caused by a brain injury. A brain specialist (neurologist) evaluates motor functions, memory, thinking, and sensory functions. This includes testing hearing, vision, reflexes, balance, and coordination. There is also an assessment of pupil response, vital signs, and the cerebellum.

Glasgow Coma Scale – Our Toronto brain injury lawyers know that the Glasgow Coma Scale is a method to assess the level of consciousness of a person after a traumatic brain injury. It’s a 15-point test to determine the injury’s severity and focuses on responsiveness in eye opening, verbal, and motor ability.

Our Toronto brain injury lawyers explain
what causes brain injuries

Our Toronto brain injury lawyers explain what causes brain injuries

Verkhovets Law, Toronto brain injury lawyers, understand that brain injuries can be the “invisible injury” – often silent, usually complicated, and typically frightening. Put simply, there are two kinds of brain injury: acquired brain injury (ABI) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Both have a wide range in severity – but they have distinctly different causes.
Our Toronto brain injury lawyers note that acquired brain injury is damage on a cellular level that’s not congenital or hereditary. This kind of injury is caused by a substance that’s introduced, or by something that happens inside the body. The leading cause of ABI is a stroke – when a blocked blood vessel breaks and destroys the brain tissue around it. It’s the third leading cause of death in this country, according to Brain Injury Canada.

The Toronto brain injury lawyers at Verkhovets Law list some of the causes of ABI including: 

Alcohol or drugs – Can poison the brain 

Aneurysm – Artery leaks or ruptures. 

Cerebral edema – Swelling of brain tissue when fluid builds up. 

Disease – Includes Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease among others.

Hypoxia/anoxia – Deprivation of oxygen caused by asthma, pneumonia, carbon monoxide, toxins, heart attack, stroke, choking, near drowning, strangulation, high altitudes, blood loss. 

Infection – Includes encephalitis and meningitis. 

Poison/toxins – Solvents like paint thinners, mercury, lead, pesticides. Tumor/lesion – Abnormal growth of cells within the brain.

The Toronto brain injury lawyers at Verkhovets Law explain that a traumatic brain injury (TBI) happens when a sudden trauma like a jolt, blow or bump to the head damages the brain. The injury has a wide range of damage from mild concussion to severe permanent impairment – it can also be penetrating, with an open wound, skull fracture, or internal bleeding. Symptoms can be temporary to severe resulting in permanent brain damage, coma, or death.

Our Toronto brain injury lawyers note the most common causes of TBI are falls (35.2 per cent) and most prevalent in seniors, and children under 17. Other TBI causes include: 

Sports injuries – High impact sports like boxing, football, hockey. 

Vehicle-related collisions. Accidents involving motor vehicles, trucks, motorcycles, or bicycles. 

Violence. Bullet wounds, assaults, and other abusive acts.

Our Toronto brain injury lawyers also

handle these types of claims:

Our Toronto brain injury lawyers also handle these types of claims:

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will help you with these types of

personal injuries:

And our Toronto brain injury lawyers will help you with these types of personal injuries:

   Broken bones

   Concussions

   Internal injuries

   Soft tissue injuries

   Whiplash

Don’t waste time where very serious brain injury claims are concerned.
Contact our Toronto brain injury lawyers now.
Don’t waste time where very serious brain injury claims are concerned. Contact our Toronto brain injury lawyers now.

Our Toronto brain injury lawyers explain
what brain injury cases are worth

Our Toronto brain injury lawyers explain what brain injury cases are worth

Verkhovets Law, Toronto brain injury lawyers, know these types of cases typically have higher damages awards than many other types of personal injury matters – but determining an amount takes careful calculation and is very specific to your fact situation.

Our Toronto brain injury lawyers say that in Ontario, a brain injury lawsuit against the at-fault party’s insurance or the individual generally attracts a range from $20,000 to $302,000 in damages for pain and suffering, but depending on the specific facts, can be worth millions.

In Ontario there is a cap on pain and suffering damages at $370,000, but there is no cap for loss of income and future of cost of care damages.

Verkhovets Law, Toronto brain injury lawyers, note that generally, the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS) provides basic benefits, but there are limits on them. There are three tiers: those with minor brain injury are entitled to funding of $3,500; tier two is up to $65,000 for five years; and catastrophic, lifetime funded care up to $1 million.

Our Toronto brain injury lawyers
will fight for your rights

Our Toronto brain injury lawyers will fight for your rights

Verkhovets Law, Toronto brain injury lawyers note human brain is complicated and brain injury is devastating – the result can range from mild cognitive difficulty to vegetative state, or death. If it is determined there is negligence on the part of someone else, call or email us now so we can get started making your case.