More than 450 people suffer a serious brain injury in Canada every day. This means that on average, a person suffers a brain injury every three minutes. For people under the age of 40, brain injury is the leading cause of death and permanent disability.

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs), brain injuries acquired through a traumatic event such as a violent blow or jolt to the head, are primarily caused by motor vehicle accidents and falls. A traumatic brain injury can produce mild to moderate problems, or can lead to serious disability and a lack of ability to function independently. Brain injuries can adversely affect mental and emotional stability, undermine relationships, impede work performance, and impair a person’s ability to perform basic tasks.

So-called “mild” brain injuries or concussions typically involve a loss of consciousness and/or a period of disorientation or confusion of less than thirty minutes. Mild brain Injuries include concussions and typically feature the following symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Depression
  • Memory loss
  • Concentration problems

Severe brain injuries frequently involve a loss of consciousness of more than thirty minutes. The following symptoms are often seen with severe brain injuries:

  • Seizures, spasms, and/or convulsions
  • Impaired coordination (walking, balancing, grasping, holding)
  • Slurred speech or garbled language
  • Emotional issues (irritability, frustration, agitation)
  • Coma
  • Inability to think clearly and/or focus

The lawyers at McNally Gervan are experienced at helping people whose claims involve serious concussions or brain injuries. They have years of experience in advancing these claims and in helping recover the benefits and financial compensation people need to get their lives back on track. Compensation for serious bicycle or pedestrian accidents often includes damages for pain and suffering, compensation for past and future losses of income, and the recovery of past and ongoing medical and rehabilitation costs.

Anne Johnston Health Station   The Anne Johnston Health Station (AJHS) is a not-for-profit community health centre providing a wide range of programs and services that promote the health and well-being of youth, seniors and people with physical disabilities.
Anthony Aquan-AsseeMotivational speaker, author and elementary school teacher. In 1997, Anthony was left in a coma and declared ‘brain dead’ after sustaining a severe Traumatic Brain Injury in a terrible motorcycle accident. Today, he is an award-winning author.
Brain Injury Association of CanadaImproving the quality of life for all Canadians affected by acquired brain injury and promoting its prevention!
Brain Injury Association of North BayThe Brain Injury Association of North Bay and Area provides support, information and assistance to those living with a brain injury.
Brain Injury Association of the Ottawa ValleyA non-profit organization that helps acquired brain injury survivors reconnect with their environment.
Brain Injury Association of Quinte DistrictA not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting individuals with Acquired Brain Injury, their families, and their communities by promoting awareness through educational information and outreach services.
A facility to increase awareness of brain injury through education, awareness and through support.
Brain Injury Association Sudbury & DistrictThe Brain Injury Association Sudbury & District supports the Greater City of Sudbury with services such as, monthly support groups, survivor social events, helmet awareness program, annual golf tournament, annual newsletter, peer mentoring program, resource centre and provincial conference.
Brain Injury Services of Northern OntarioA non-profit charitable organization which provides rehabilitation and support services within the community to individuals living with the effects of an Acquired Brain Injury.
BrainlineBrainLine is a national multimedia project offering information and resources about preventing, treating, and living with TBI.
Camp DawnCamp Dawn is a camping experience for adults with acquired brain injuries
Centre for Disease Control – Traumatic Brain InjuryCDC’s research and programs work to prevent TBI and help people better recognize, respond, and recover if a TBI occurs.
Community Head Injury Resource ServicesCHIRS, formerly known as Ashby House, started in 1978 as the first community-based brain injury rehabilitation program in North America.
Community SolutionsCommunity Solutions specializes in assisting individuals with Acquired Brain Injury to re-establish their lives in their own homes and communities.
COTA HealthCOTA Health is an accredited provider of mental health and community support services. Our programs provide support to adults living with serious mental illness, geriatric mental health conditions, acquired brain injury, developmental disabilities and dual diagnosis.
Dale Brain Injury ServicesDale Brain Injury Services provides a continuum of high quality, client-centered services to persons affected by an acquired brain injury.
Designable EnvironmentsA unique organization of consultants who assist our clients in the creation of accessible environments through the practical application of universal design principles.
Drivelab Inc.DriveLab provides graded exposure to driving for people who have physical, cognitive, emotional or developmental disabilities, as well as to seniors who require assistance in maintaining their driver status.
Essentially YouAt Essentially You, social work theories and principles are the foundation to their approach when supporting individuals and families. They provide person centre care whereby respecting and valuing the needs, wishes and voice of clients.
Family Caregiver AllianceFCA is a public voice for caregivers. Programs include
Four Counties Brain Injury AssociationFrom its origins in 1988, the Association has evolved into a dynamic and responsive agency that provides a range of support services to individuals living with an Acquired Brain Injury and have complex and diverse needs.
Hamilton Brain Injury AssociationTo ensure the quality of life for survivors of brain injury, and their families, through education, support and advocacy.
Head Injuries Happen to FamiliesArticle by Judith Falconer, Ph.D.
Head Injury Association of Fort Erie and DistrictAdvocates on behalf of individuals who have acquired brain injury and their families, promotes prevention and public awareness of the needs of this unique population.
Health in Motion RehabilitationToronto-based rehabilitation clinic that provides specialized treatments for children with cerebral palsy, developmental delay, acquired brain injury, and paediatric stroke
HILL Program(Hamilton)HILL Program is a transitional living program for individuals with an acquired brain injury. Rehabilitation is provided as residential, outreach and/or day treatment.
Living with Brain Injury: Post-Rehabilitation RecoveryArticle by Judith Falconer, Ph.D.
Mayo Clinic: Traumatic Brain InjurySymptoms, causes, risks, tests, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, support
MukiBaum Treatment CentresFor children and adults with complex disabilities.
NeuroConnectNeuroConnect provides information, resources, and support to people living with acquired brain injury and their families as well as brings awareness of brain injury to the public.
Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute of OntarioThe rehabilitation programs of NRIO are developed to assist persons with brain injuries and other neurologic impairments achieve success by increasing their level of independence.
New BeginningsThe New Beginnings Club enhances the quality of life for survivors of acquired brain injury (ABI) including stroke, and their family members.
Nursing & Homemakers Inc.Delivering innovative, safe client focused culturally sensitive Nursing and Personal Care in a cost effective and efficient manner.
Ontario Brain Injury AssociationThe OBIA mission is to enhance the lives of Ontarians living with the effects of acquired brain injury (ABI) through education, awareness and support.
Ontario Neurotrauma FoundationNeurotrauma research and innovation in action: changing lives, changing attitudes and changing our public systems in making a stronger Ontario for all our citizens.
Recreational RespiteTo maximize the quality of life for any individual and their families, who are coping with a cognitive (memory or acquired) impairment, physical challenge or developmental disability and provide inclusive and successful environments.
Safe Kids CanadaSafe Kids Canada’s mission is to lead and inspire a culture of safety across the country in order to reduce unintentional injuries, the leading cause of death among children and youth in Canada.
Seizure & Brain Injury CentreSince 1988, the Seizure & Brain Injury Centre has been serving the Cochrane-Timiskaming area, with assistance and resources for those with both epilepsy and acquired brain injuries.
Stress Management Following Brain InjuryArticle by Judith A. Falconer, Ph.D.
ThinkFirst CanadaThinkFirst is a national non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of brain and spinal cord injuries.
Toronto ABI NetworkToronto ABI Network connects people with Acquired Brain Injury to the services they need.
Traumatic Brain Injury Survival GuideBy Dr. Glen Johnson, Clinical Neuropsychologist
While you are waiting…A page directed to those who are waiting while someone is in a coma due to brain injury

The lawyers at McNally Gervan LLP understand the system and are here to help accident victims get the support they need and the benefits they deserve. 

Please see our resource directory below for helpful links to organizations involved in the treatment and prevention of brain injuries (no entity included in this directory has paid to be listed.)

If you have a question or need assistance in connection with a serious concussion or brain injury, our team of personal injury lawyers is here to help. We know every personal injury case is unique and we work hard to ensure that our clients are fairly compensated. We know it’s personal.