Traumatic Brain Injury
A brain injury is often called an “invisible” injury. A person who suffers a brain injury may appear “normal” to outside observers, while the effect of a brain injury can have a catastrophic effect on that person’s life. Even so-called “mild” traumatic brain injuries can have a dramatic impact on quality of life.
McLeish Orlando has a long and proven track record of success representing clients who have suffered brain injuries. We understand the critical importance of having the right rehab team in place efficiently to maximize recovery, and our extensive experience handling brain injury cases positions us to obtain full compensation for all damages our clients suffer.
Our firm currently holds the distinction of obtaining the highest personal injury damages judgment in Canadian history on behalf of our brain-injured client, K.P. MacNeil. We have also obtained one of the largest settlements in history on behalf of Annie Choi, who also suffered a severe traumatic brain injury.
There are many ways the head or brain can be injured; most are caused by motor vehicle accidents and falls. A brain injury can also be caused by a lack of oxygen supply to the brain. This type of injury is often called a hypoxic or anoxic brain injury. Hypoxic brain injuries are less common than traumatic brain injuries, but their impact is no less devastating. We commonly see hypoxic brain injuries in near-drowning situations, where restraints have placed pressure on the neck and restricted air supply, or following a stroke. However, this type of injury can also be the result of a motor vehicle collision or other traumatic event where a person’s airway becomes obstructed by blood, vomit or some other foreign substance. Cells in the brain require oxygen in order to metabolize glucose, and when the supply of oxygen is cut off, cells begin to die within a few minutes. This results in a myriad of problems, such as short-term memory loss, disrupted control over executive functions, difficulty with words or visual functions.
Our experience representing brain injury victims enables us to appreciate the multiple and sometimes subtle long-term effects that a brain injury victim can suffer. Just as importantly, we understand how to prove that long term impact in court, if necessary.