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Brain injuries are commonly misunderstood and can have a profound impact on a person. We can offer sound advice in this sensitive area.

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  • Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers in Ottawa

    People with traumatic brain injuries usually require intensive and long-term medical treatment. If they are unable to return to work on account of their injuries, it will result in lost wages, not to mention the additional strain on their families.

    If a loved one has suffered from a traumatic brain injury due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another party, you have the right to seek compensation, and our experienced attorneys at Yegendorf Law Firm, Ottawa, will ensure you get it.

    We work closely with medical and insurance professionals for a quick resolution and the best financial outcome for our clients while ensuring they are well-informed concerning assessments, options, and classifications. We also take care of the necessary documentation and communication to ensure a fair settlement.

    At Yegendorf Law Firm, our experienced legal team has helped numerous clients with traumatic brain injuries get the compensation they rightly deserve. We are among

    Ottawa’s top firms for cases involving catastrophic injuries, including brain injuries.

    With over 30 years of experience in the field, we have the know-how and the resources to help you navigate the complexities of the legal system typically associated with personal injury accident claims.

    While no amount of money can compensate for the trauma you and your family undergoes in such cases, our goal is to obtain the maximum settlement that will make the road you’re on easier to traverse. A substantial compensation will provide help during the recovery process, and is a security for the future.

    Our objective is to maximize claims and, if an out-of-court settlement is not forthcoming, we are prepared to pursue the matter further through litigation. Contact our law office today to schedule a free initial consultation.

Brain Injury Lawyers Ottawa


What is a brain injury?

Brain injuries are a form of physical trauma that disrupts the normal functioning of the brain. Brain injury, also known as head injury, head trauma or traumatic brain injury, can occur after a motor vehicle accident, sports injuries, slips, trips and falls or assaults. Common symptoms of brain injuries include persistent headaches, nausea, blurred vision, fatigue, memory loss and poor concentration.

In certain situations, a brain injury can be a catastrophic injury. Brain injuries can be very diverse and complicated; that’s why it is considered a very complex legal issue. Having qualified legal representation will ensure you recover compensation for the pain and suffering, expenses, lost income and the cost of future care or rehabilitation.

How to discover a brain injury

In most cases, the symptoms of brain injuries are mild and difficult to detect. In fact, there may be no obvious symptoms and physical signs until the later stages when the condition has advanced. Some people suffer brain injuries without recognizing that something is wrong. Often the people around them like their co-workers, friends and family are the first to recognize that something is wrong.

Diagnosing a brain injury

A neurologist or psychiatrist can perform a number of tests to diagnose a brain injury. Common tests involve brain imaging using a CT scan, MRI, MRS, MEG, PET and SPECT scan. Neuropsychologists and neuropsychiatrists can provide expert advice on the condition once the initial diagnosis is made. They may also work with speech therapists and physical/ occupational therapists to provide a more conclusive diagnosis.

  • Traumatic Brain Injury: Understanding the Challenges

    Suffering a traumatic brain injury or TBI is a serious matter with far-reaching implications for the future. The resulting challenges aren’t just physical but extend to the mental, cognitive-communication, and behavioral, amongst others.

    Before digging into the effects of TBI, it’s important to understand what the term means.

    What is a traumatic brain injury?

    A TBI is described as a blow or bump to the head that upsets the activity of the brain. Not every bump to the head will be a traumatic brain injury. The damage can range from mild to moderate to severe and the effects can be short-term, long-term, or even permanent.

    A mild case is one in which the change in mental status and/or consciousness is brief. A more severe TBI is one in which the person was unconscious for a significant period of time and may have even experienced amnesia.

    What are the challenges?

    There is a range of problems that a person experiencing a TBI may have to deal with. Sometimes the injuries are so severe that the sufferer may not be able to be responsible for their own care.

    Let’s dig a little deeper into some of the specific challenges that can come with a traumatic brain injury:

    • Physical. A person may experience nausea, headaches, seizures, a loss of consciousness, lessened muscle strength or paralysis, issues with movement, balance, and coordination.
    • Sensory. Depending on the area of the brain that was injured, a person may be at greater risk of a stroke. They also may lack the sensitivity to determine their location in space, lowering their ability to react properly to harmful stimuli. For example, they may not be able to tell how hot their bath water is and burn themselves.
    • Behavioral. A person with a TBI may have trouble expressing emotions in the same way they did prior to their injury, or even experiencing those emotions. They may develop anxiety disorders, become combative, or depressed. Getting frustrated easily, having mood swings, and being impulsive or irritable are often results of TBI.
    • Cognitive. Problem-solving, ability to pay attention, and other thinking impairments may be caused by a traumatic brain injury. Setting goals and working toward them may be outside the victim’s capability. Memory can also suffer, although the memory of events that happened before the brain injury are usually not affected.
    • Communication. Patients suffering from a TBI may have difficulty understanding speech, as well as producing speech in the correct way. They may have trouble writing and understanding written language. It can often appear as a foreign language to them. Sometimes, involvement in conversation is difficult because they may interrupt or generally not have an awareness of inappropriate behavior.

    What is an acquired brain injury?

    An acquired brain injury (ABI) disrupts normal brain functions. A blow to the head can cause ABI. It can also be a congenital disorder occurring at birth. It can be the result of a traffic accident, a fall, a serious assault or a hit to the head during a sporting event.

    More severe TBIs everybody needs to know

    Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) affect how the brain works. They can be mild, moderate or severe, with the most severe injuries resulting in paralysis or even death.

    A mild traumatic brain injury, which can affect brain cells temporarily, can be difficult to recognize. Signs of a problem may be noticeable immediately after a trauma or may appear days or weeks later. Symptoms can include fatigue, headache, dizziness or loss of balance, and speech problems.

    Depending on the severity, TBI can last a few days or it can be permanent. Traumatic brain injuries can be difficult to recognize without imaging and diagnostic equipment.

    What can be done?

    While each different problem carries a different treatment option, they all can have significant costs attached. Those expenditures rise when a loved one cannot live on their own or be responsible for their own care.

    Seeking compensation legally may be the only way to cover the costs necessary for treatment and for long-term care. Personal injury lawyers at Yegendorf Rashid are experienced and can guide you through the process.

  • Healing from a brain injury

    The recovery process for a brain injury can vary depending on the severity of the condition. In a worst-case scenario, the brain injury leads to a permanent disability or even death. Often, the patient will need to undergo medically-based or community-based rehabilitation in order to recover fully from a brain injury. Failure to seek immediate treatment for a brain injury can lead to more problems. At our law firm in Ottawa, we introduce you to a brain injury lawyer who will work on your case and help you access the treatment you need to improve your quality of life.

    Discovering a Brain Injury

    Mild brain injuries sometimes are not diagnosed and are often difficult to detect because the effects of brain injuries differ between individuals, and there may be no obvious physical signs of the brain damage. It can take days, even weeks or months for symptoms to appear and sometimes the person who has suffered a brain injury is not able to realize that something is wrong. Often it is co-workers, family members and friends who notice the symptoms first.

    Brain Injury Statistics in Canada

    By 2031, TBI is expected to be among the most common neurological conditions affecting Canadians, according to Brain Injury Canada, noting two percent of the population currently lives with the injury.

    Studies reveal that 452 people suffer a serious brain injury every day in Canada. Every hour, 20 Canadians will suffer a brain injury and survivors are three times more likely to suffer a second brain injury. Statistics paint a grim picture:

    • Untreated brain injury can lead to ‘self-medication’ with people using drugs and alcohol.
    • 50,000 people in Canada sustain brain injuries each year.
    • TBI is the leading killer and disabler of Canadians under the age of 40.
    • More than 11,000 Canadians die each year due to traumatic brain injuries.

    Automobile accidents account for more than 50 percent of all traumatic brain injuries.

  • Get compensated for a brain injury

    We bring extensive knowledge and experience in every brain injury case. With more than 50 years of combined experience in personal injury cases, expect to deal with a qualified legal team and medical experts who will contribute to a successful outcome.

    Our thorough preparation in every case helps us to come up with an accurate and detailed picture of the effects of the brain injury on the victim. We cover all the impacts that the injury has on your personal and professional life and use this information to pursue a fair and full compensation for you. We can help you recover:

    • Medical expenses
    • Rehabilitation costs
    • Ongoing care
    • Lost wages
    • Noneconomic damages
    • Pain and suffering
  • Ottawa Brain Injury Lawyers

    Most brain injuries have serious consequences and could result in long-term impairment. Dealing with the required documents, witness accounts, and pain journals to secure a strong claim can be overwhelming, especially for the injured.

    During such a time, legal guidance from skilled professionals with years of experience handling such cases can make all the difference in ensuring you and your family receive rightful compensation. It is therefore important to seek the legal counsel of a knowledgeable brain injury lawyer as soon as possible.

    An experienced brain injury lawyer will guide you on the right steps and help alleviate the stress and confusion of dealing with all the paperwork required to file a claim, which can be confusing for a first-time claimant.

    At Yegendorf Rashid, our brain injury lawyers have considerable experience representing people and families who have suffered mild, moderate, and severe brain injuries. We deal with brain injuries resulting from car, motorcycle, pedestrian, and slip-and-fall accidents in Ottawa, Toronto, and Ontario.

    Our decades of experience in complex cases allows us to support clients and their families. We are committed to securing full compensation for them. We work with top medical experts in Ontario to help provide our clients with objective, professional help concerning their assessments.

    We also help our clients prepare all the necessary documents to build a strong case. As such, our track record of claims and disputes wins speaks for our firm. When you partner with us, rest assured that we will take into account all current and future damages that need to be factored into your claim, such as:

    • Medical expenses and rehabilitation
    • Attendant care
    • Pain and suffering
    • Loss of enjoyment of life
    • Loss of earnings
    • Vehicle and home modifications
    • Transportation costs

    Get in Touch With Us

    Contact us at 613-237-5000 or 1-866-303-5118 for a free consultation. We will help you review your legal options and prepare for the case. You may also visit any of our offices in Ottawa, Toronto, Brampton, or Kingston.


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Howard Yegendorf

of Our Ottawa Injury Law Firm

“Our results in catastrophic injury cases are measured in financial terms. But I have always felt that the true success in legal cases where lives have been shattered in an accident comes from a compassionate and thorough understanding of the deeply human costs involved.“
Howard Yegendorf, Founding Partner