Children and adults in British Columbia are at risk for suffering an acquired brain injury, which often results from some sort of trauma, such as a car accident or fall, an infection or a sudden loss of oxygen to the brain. Depending upon how severe the injuries are, a child who suffers this type of brain injury may be left with permanent physical or mental disabilities.
According to medical statistics, brain injuries are on the rise, and the impacts are grave. With 50,000 Canadians already suffering brain injuries on an annual basis, the legal and financial impacts of such injuries may be under observation.
British Columbia residents may be interested in some information on the subject of brain injuries. Due to the personal and financial costs associated with the injuries, they can have serious effects on a person's life.
A British Columbia woman will be receiving more than $3 million from her husband's insurance company as the result of injuries she received in 2008 when her husband crashed their vehicle into a moose. The couple and their two children were travelling north on Highway 37 when a moose entered the road from the opposite side, crossed over the oncoming lane and entered the lane occupied by the family's vehicle.
A 30-year-old man who struck and killed a pedestrian was fined $2,000 and banned from driving for five years by a British Columbia court on Aug. 12. The man, an Alberta resident originally from Kelowna, had entered a plea of guilty to a charge of driving without due care and attention, and the mother of the female pedestrian killed by the man's modified SUV was not happy with the sentence. The Perth, Australia, woman has called on lawmakers to stiffen penalties for negligent drivers.