If I have suffered a personal injury based on someone else’s negligence, who should I contact first -- a doctor or a lawyer?

If you have suffered an injury, it is certainly important to seek medical attention and treatment before consulting a lawyer. The severity of the injury will have an impact on whether the case is worth pursuing, and a personal injury lawyer will want to know what medical treatment and diagnosis has been given to you.

Are “injuries” in a personal injury case strictly defined as physical? Can I be compensated for my emotional and mental injuries?

AInjuries would include both physical and psychological symptoms. It is more difficult to obtain

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compensation purely for emotional or mental health injuries, although that may be possible depending on the particular circumstances of the incident that gave rise to the injuries.

  • 456 people suffer a brain injury daily in Canada — this amounts to one person injured every 3 minutes.
  • Most brain injuries occur in males aged 16 to 24.
  • 66 percent of teenagers who suffered a concussion did not feel it was serious enough to report the injury to an adult.
  • 10 percent of all concussions involve loss of consciousness.
  • Concussions can occur without direct head impact.


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  • A concussion can be caused by violent movement or jarring of the head and neck (whiplash).
  • Concussion symptoms do not always show up right away.
  • Symptoms of a concussion can be one or more of the following: haziness, grogginess, impaired motor skills, blurred vision, headache, loss of memory, nausea or vomiting. Seek medical attention immedately if you experience any of these symptoms after an accident.
  • Provided by the Stop Concussions Foundation.


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