Archive for the ‘Brain Injury’ Category

Using Structured Settlement to Help Those Who Suffer From Traumatic Brain Injuries

By Roger Foisy on August 11th, 2022

People who suffer from traumatic brain injury, or TBI, face a different world than the everyday person. A person who has a TBI is more likely to suffer from mental health issues and is also more likely to experience unemployment, homelessness, and in some cases incarceration. TBI is a traumatic...

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Virtual BIAPH Health Advocates Education Conference on October 28

By Roger Foisy on October 20th, 2020

The second  Brian Injury Association of Peel and Halton (BIAPH) Health Advocates Education Conference will be held virtually on October 28, 2020. The theme for this year’s conference is What You’re Missing: Practical Tips and Strategies from Industrial Professionals. This event is the...

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Dress Down for Brain Injury Awareness Month This June

By Roger Foisy on June 4th, 2019

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month. In Canada, approximately 160,000 Canadians suffer brain injuries every year with incidence and reporting rates continuing to rise. The prevalence of brain injury outpaces breast cancer, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, and HIV/AIDS combined, and it...

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Members of Our Legal Team Completed the Ontario Brain Injury Association’s Brain Basics Training Program

By Roger Foisy on July 17th, 2018

The Ontario Brain Injury Association’s (OBIA’s) Brain Basics Training Program is a foundational course that gives professionals, caregivers, and survivors alike the opportunity to develop a holistic understanding of how the brain works. We are always seeking ways to improve ourselves...

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How Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries (mTBIs) Affect the Family

By Roger Foisy on June 19th, 2018

Suffering an mTBI can be a life altering event for a person, disrupting their day-to-day routines and leaving them feeling scared, vulnerable, and confused. It is important to remember, however, that the effects go beyond the individual—changing the lives of close family members who in many cases...

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Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion [Infographic]

By Roger Foisy on June 5th, 2018

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Every year approximately 160,000 Canadians sustain brain injuries, the majority of which are concussions. Unfortunately, because people often think of a concussion as “just a concussion”, trauma to the brain can easily be overlooked. It is important that a...

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Dress Down for Brain Injury Awareness Month This June

By Roger Foisy on May 29th, 2018

This coming June is Brain Injury Awareness Month. In Canada, approximately 160,000 Canadians suffer brain injuries every year with incidence and reporting rates continuing to rise. The prevalence of brain injury outpaces breast cancer, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, and HIV/AIDS combined,...

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Personal Injury Potential Settlement Values: Basal Skull Fracture

By Roger Foisy on October 5th, 2017

A basal skull fracture, most often caused by motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents, and child abuse cases, is considered a severe head injury. It is a fracture at the base of the skull and is frequently accompanied by a brain injury, which can cause significant challenges for...

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Personal Injury Potential Settlement Values: Whiplash Injuries

By Roger Foisy on August 11th, 2017

Whiplash injuries are generally the result of the head snapping forward and then back again, especially in rear-end motor vehicle accidents. Other similar activities gone wrong can cause a whiplash, such as a roller coaster, skiing, or from a sports injury where you might be accidently hit, kicked,...

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Personal Injury Potential Settlement Values: Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussions

By Roger Foisy on March 28th, 2017

Brain injuries are classified as mild, moderate, or severe. The leading causes are vehicle-related collisions, falls, sports injuries, and assaults. Of these brain injuries, 70-90% are considered “mild” and are commonly referred to as “concussions”. It is important to realize, however, that...

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New Concussion Blood Test Developed with a 90% Accuracy Rate!

By Roger Foisy on January 9th, 2017

Last week, the Globe and Mail reported that researchers at Western University in London, Ontario have developed a new blood test to assess whether an individual has suffered a concussion – and the test has an amazingly high accuracy rate of 90%! The results are still preliminary, with a small...

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How Speech-Language Pathologists Help Traumatic Brain Injury Victims

By Roger Foisy on December 6th, 2016

In my previous video (and blog) about finding the right team for your brain injury rehabilitation, one of the key specialists I mention is the speech-language pathologist. A speech-language pathologist is a medical professional who specializes in speech disorders and cognitive-communicative...

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New Auto Insurance Rules Reduce Rehabilitation Payout for Victim with Traumatic Brain Injury

By Roger Foisy on November 22nd, 2016

I have blogged frequently in the past few years about the reduction of auto insurance benefits in Ontario and how these changes are hurting car accident victims. In my last blog, I recommended Ontario drivers consider adding optional benefits to their insurance for this...

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It’s the Law! Cyclists under 18 Must Wear Helmets

By Roger Foisy on June 9th, 2016

Did you know that from 2006 to 2010, 93.75% of cyclists under the age of 18 who were killed in cycling collisions were not wearing a helmet? (The Ontario Ministry of...

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Uniquely Qualified: Personal Injury Lawyer Roger R. Foisy’s Medical Diplomas and Certificates

By Roger Foisy on March 10th, 2016

The more knowledgeable I am concerning medical topics and the human body, the better I am able to ensure my clients receive a fair...

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Suffering from a Whiplash Injury? You May Have a Brain Injury

By Roger Foisy on December 7th, 2015

A whiplash injury can occur when a person’s head and neck move forward and backward in a sudden motion. This rapid movement can strain, stretch, or tear muscles and tendons in the neck, causing...

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How Parents Can Assist Children with Brain Injuries in Returning to School

By Roger Foisy on September 4th, 2015

Children who have experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI), ranging from mild to severe, are more likely to face difficulties when returning to school after the incident or after a period of...

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Roger R. Foisy Appointed to the Ontario Brain Injury Association Board of Directors

By Roger Foisy on August 7th, 2015

Over my years as an Ontario personal injury lawyer, I have seen the impact brain injury has had on many of my clients. Due to this, I have become a passionate advocate for brain injury awareness and I have completed courses from Brock University in Neurorehabilitation, Advanced Brain Injury...

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There’s No Such Thing as “Just a Concussion”

By Roger Foisy on June 3rd, 2015

Recently, an article in CBC News came to my attention about a 17 year old girl who ignored concussion symptoms, leading to her death. I am always saddened by news like this. Especially when people ignore concussions because they think it’s “just a concussion”. It is never “just a...

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Myths and Facts about Child Brain Injuries [Infographic]

By Roger Foisy on April 17th, 2015

If you or a loved one sustains a traumatic brain injury – whether it is mild, moderate, or severe – it is a difficult time in your life. Brain injuries often require extensive rehabilitation, and can have long lasting...

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Insight from the 2015 Traumatic Brain Injury Conference in Toronto [Video]

By Roger Foisy on January 28th, 2015

On January 30, 2015, I will be attending the annual Traumatic Brain Injury Conference hosted by the University Health Network (UHN) Toronto Rehabilitation...

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Seeking Compensation for a Basal Skull Fracture

By Roger Foisy on November 7th, 2014

In my experience as an Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer, I have assisted several clients with basal skull fractures and ensured that they received proper compensation. As the injury involves damage to the brain, a basal skull fracture can cause significant problems for victims in their daily...

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Take the ‘Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports’ Free Online Training Course

By Roger Foisy on August 15th, 2014

We can often take it for granted that kids will get concussions when they play sports growing up. We think, “It’s just a concussion”. We brush it off. Unfortunately, many people don’t know that a concussion is actually a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Mild traumatic brain injuries can...

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Coping with the Emotional and Psychological Impact of a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury [Video]

By Roger Foisy on June 27th, 2014

If you’ve experienced a mild traumatic brain injury, it’s important to know that your emotional and cognitive symptoms are completely...

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Finding the Right Team for Your Mild Traumatic Brain Injury [Video]

By Roger Foisy on June 16th, 2014

When you have suffered a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), it is critical to have the right team of specialists at your side to help you through the rehabilitation...

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Accessing Funding for Medical Rehabilitation after Suffering a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in a Motor Vehicle Accident [Video]

By Roger Foisy on March 28th, 2014

If you, or a loved one, have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, it is important to understand the different levels of funding available to you. The funding you receive is dependent on the severity of your injuries; therefore, it is essential to recognize what your symptoms may mean so you...

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Global Brain Awareness Week 2014

By Roger Foisy on March 11th, 2014

This week, March 10-16 2014, is Brain Awareness Week (BAW). Through my experience as a personal injury lawyer, I know firsthand the importance of understanding the facts about brain injury. I have created many educational resources about brain injury, including blogs, videos, a FAQ, and a glossary....

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Why are Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries Often Missed? [Video]

By Roger Foisy on February 27th, 2014

Mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI) are often missed by both the injured person and medical practitioners. In the following video, I explain the reasons why mild traumatic brain injury is typically...

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What is a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI)? [Video]

By Roger Foisy on January 22nd, 2014

Brain injuries are classified mild, moderate, or severe. The leading causes are vehicle-related collisions, falls, sports injuries, and assaults. Of these brain injuries, 70-90% are considered “mild”. It is important to realize, however, that there is nothing “mild” about a traumatic brain...

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Life Changes: Living with a Loved One Suffering from an mTBI

By Roger Foisy on December 11th, 2013

Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) does not only affect those who suffer the injury. That said, of course the person who is injured will be extremely impacted by the injury; however, it is important to realize that the lives of their close friends and family will also be changed. If you are a loved...

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A Silent Epidemic: Minor Traumatic Brain Injury – Science Daily

By Roger Foisy on October 28th, 2013

A recent article in Science Daily outlines a literature review from the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS) that focuses on mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) as a common, but often overlooked, condition.  The study was based in the U.S., but I think that Canadians will...

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How to Cope with Grief after Brain Injury

By Roger Foisy on October 17th, 2013

Brain injuries, even those classified as “mild” traumatic brain injuries (mTBI), can have significant short and long-term impacts on the injured person’s life and the lives of their loved ones. It is completely normal and healthy to find yourself grieving after you or someone you are close to...

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What You Need to Know About Sports-related Injuries: Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries and Concussions

By Roger Foisy on August 20th, 2013

The first thing you need to know is that concussions are mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI). Do not let the word “mild” fool you; nothing about any brain injury is “mild”.  Although motor vehicle accidents and falls are the two main causes of mTBI, sports-related injuries must not be...

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Causes and Effects of Acquired Brain Injury [Infographic]

By Roger Foisy on June 27th, 2013

As an invisible condition, so few people are aware of the facts about acquired and traumatic brain injury. We have created this infographic to help highlight some of the causes and effects of this condition. We hope this resource will spark further discussion about this complex...

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The Human Brain and Traumatic Brain Injury [Video]

By Roger Foisy on June 19th, 2013

The following video from brainstreams.ca – an online resource for Canadians dealing with brain injuries and their loved ones – is an excellent overview of the importance of brain injury awareness. This brief, 1 minute video teaches us that there are 165 000 brain injuries in Canada every year,...

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What Are the Symptoms and Effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury?

By Roger Foisy on June 5th, 2013

If you or a loved one has recently been in an accident and suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a result, you may not know what to expect. It is particularly difficult to predict because no two brain injuries are the same.  The signs and symptoms of a TBI can be subtle. In fact,...

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June is National Brain Injury Awareness Month in Canada

By Roger Foisy on May 31st, 2013

The Brain Injury Association of Canada (BIAC) has chosen June as National Brain Injury Awareness month. As with America’s brain injury awareness month, which took place in March, June is a time to educate ourselves on brain injury. Resulting from a blow to the head or penetrating injury (e.g....

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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

By Roger Foisy on March 20th, 2013

March has been designated brain injury awareness month by the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA). Brain injuries can affect a person’s cognitive abilities, emotional responses, and overall personality. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can result when a person experiences a blow to the head,...

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