Slip and Fall

The Importance of Rehabilitation after a Traumatic Brain Injury

The importance of rehabilitation after a traumatic brain injury (TBI) cannot be understated. Treatment in the acute stages of a TBI is very important, as is treatment on an ongoing basis. 

Our brains affect every area of our lives and this is quickly realized once a TBI has occurred. A brain injury can cause physical limitations (gross motor skills and fine motor skills) and impact a person’s cognitive abilities, speech, memory and analytic thinking. 

Rehabilitation can help those affected by brain injuries and can be tailored to the individual. 

An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you to find treatment providers in the area you live in your area and help you access the treatment you need. We will fight for your rights to medical and rehabilitation benefits if the injury is as a result of a motor vehicle accident and if you have no access to insurance, or your insurance company has denied your benefits, we can help you find a way to afford treatment. 

There are many types of rehabilitation specialists that can help a person adapt to living with TBI. 

It is important to be registered with a family physician in order to access treatment funded by OHIP if you do not have other insurance. Your family doctor can help initiate referrals to specialists such as physiatrists, neurologists and neuropsychologist and also make referrals for diagnostic imaging such as CT Scans and MRIs. 

A neuropsychologist can assess the effects of TBI on the thinking processes, behaviour and emotions. 

Your lawyer, your physician or a specialist can make recommendations for the following types of treatment: 

Physiotherapy – physiotherapists evaluate mobility, balance and strength and provide treatment and exercises. 

Occupational Therapy – occupational therapists (OT) focus on activities of daily living and the difficulties that a person with TBI may be experiencing. 

An occupational therapist can help provide you with strategies to improve memory and cognitive function.  Many smart phones and iPads/tablets have calendars, reminder features. They also have applications or programs that can 

For example, an OT can help provide you with tips to remember appointments and tasks. 

Speech Language Therapy – speech language pathologists (SLP) evaluate communication, cognitive and if applicable, swallowing functions and provide treatment. 

A speech language pathologist can help with altered speech, difficulties swallowing and language difficulties. For example, an SLP can provide exercises to expand and improve muscle movement for speech or swallowing. 

Vocational Counseling – vocational counselors assist with transitioning back to work or school and conduct assessments for workplace modifications and assistive devices. 

Social Worker – a social worker can help coordinate your rehabilitation team and offer supportive counseling to the individual and families. 

Our firm has established relationships with many rehabilitation facilities and specialists and can help guide persons who have suffered a traumatic brain injury when it comes to finding the right provider. 

At the law firm of Paciocco & Mellow, we handle various types of personal injury claims including traumatic brain injury claims. 

If you have been injured and have suffered a traumatic brain injury, it is important that you contact the experienced Windsor personal injury lawyers at Paciocco & Mellow at (519) 915-SORE (7673). We can provide you with a free, no obligation initial consultation.  

We can also provide you with the proper resources in order to help you access the medical care and rehabilitation you need. 

The law firm of Paciocco & Mellow aims to help provide you with Peace of Mind at a Difficult Time. 

Slip and Fall

Leading Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) have been receiving a lot of attention in the news, between the NFL lawsuit, the NHL lawsuit and Michael Schumacher’s serious injury during a skiing accident. 

Too often the media focuses on athletic concussions and athletic traumatic brain injuries, which takes attention away from non-athletic brain injuries. 

TBI occurs when an external force traumatically injures the brain.  

The leading causes of TBI, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention are: 

  • Falls – including slip and falls, trip and falls
  • Motor vehicle & traffic related accidents – including car accidents, car vs. bicycle accidents and pedestrian accidents, this category involved the largest number of fatalities
  • Struck by/against events – unintentional accidents where a person is struck by an unknown object or person, including falling debris
  • Assaults
  • Other/Unknown – injuries that don’t fit into other categories i.e. fireworks, animal attacks 

The 2nd leading cause of TBI is motor vehicle collisions. The force of a collision can cause a person to strike his or her head on the steering wheel, on the window, or another area of the car.  

A brain injury can be an invisible injury. You or your doctor may not recognize the symptoms right away. 

Any type of TBI, even a mild TBI such as a concussion, can be life changing. TBI is a major cause of disability worldwide. 

A traumatic brain injury can have physical, social, emotional, cognitive and behavourial symptoms. 

An injured person who has sustained a traumatic brain injury may experience the following: 

  • Memory or concentration issues
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness or lost of balance
  • Slurred or altered speech
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in ears (tinnitus)
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Confusion
  • Restlessness
  • Fatigue
  • Mood changes or mood swings
  • Feelings of anxiety
  • Feelings of depression 

Sustaining any type of TBI, whether it is mild, moderate or severe requires immediate medical attention. These terms are used to describe how the injury impacts brain function. Even a mild brain injury warrants prompt attention for an accurate diagnosis. 

At the law firm of Paciocco & Mellow, we handle various types of personal injury claims including traumatic brain injury claims. 

If you have been injured and have suffered a traumatic brain injury, it is important that you contact the experienced Windsor personal injury lawyers at Paciocco & Mellow at (519) 915-SORE (7673). We can provide you with a free, no obligation initial consultation.  

We can also provide you with the proper resources in order to help you access the medical care and rehabilitation you need. 

The law firm of Paciocco & Mellow aims to help provide you with Peace of Mind at a Difficult Time. 

Ontario Provincial Police Begging Drivers to Change Driving Behaviours

OPP Commissioner, Chris Lewis has been critical of how Ontario drivers have been driving this winter. The OPP commissioner has put out a call for poor behaviour on the road to stop. 

Ontario has been hit with one of the worst winters in recent history and drivers have to adjust their driving habits in order to avoid collisions. 

Over the past couple of weeks, eleven OPP cruisers were struck by passing motorists and one officer was seriously injured. 

The OPP has responded to thousands of calls for service during various storms that have stuck Ontario this winter. 

The OPP acknowledges that harsh winter weather has made for very treacherous driving conditions but states that it is the drivers who fail to adjust their driving to the weather/driving conditions who are most likely to be involved in collisions.  

Most of the collisions occur as a result of drivers losing control of their vehicles because they failed to slow down when they needed to, or they ignored warnings to avoid non-essential travel.  The OPP refers to this as irresponsible driving. 

It is very important to be visible if you are driving during a storm, which means driving with your full set of headlights on. If there is heavy snowfall or blowing snow, it is difficult to see a vehicle without its lights on. 

If you are caught driving in dangerous weather, it is not enough to slow down below the speed limit, slowing down means slowing all the way down – it is how to maintain control of your vehicle. 

A series motor vehicle accident can be devastating. It can cause serious injuries including traumatic brain injuries, neck injuries, fractures, broken bones, spinal cord injuries and psychological injuries. 

If you or someone you know has been injured as the result of a motor vehicle accident, it is important that you contact the experienced Windsor personal injury lawyers at Paciocco & Mellow at (519) 915-SORE (7673). We can provide you with a free, no obligation initial consultation.  

We understand that you may feel overwhelmed as a result of your accident and during the legal process and we strive to provide the best service possible and to help our clients in any way that we can, be it a referral to a specialist, rehabilitation provider, help securing a litigation loan or providing reassurance. 

The law firm of Paciocco & Mellow aims to help provide you with Peace of Mind at a Difficult Time.