Claims for Concussion Injuries in Sports: The Trickle-Down Effect

The University of Calgary’s Integrated Concussion Research Program has recently released exciting research that has led to the development of a tool that will allow doctors “to accurately and rapidly measure proteins and small molecules known to indicate an injury that is present in the brain”. This tool is set for clinical trials, with the goal that the device will be able to detect brain injuries hours after the trauma occurred.

While this research can potentially revolutionize treatment for those with brain injuries, I wanted to explain to those seeking compensation for concussion injuries that there has been a “trickle-down” effect. Continue reading

Compensation for loss of consortium. When an accident injures your partner and kills your sex life, can you be compensated?

What is a loss of consortium and can I be compensated?

“Loss of consortium,” is a claim made for damages suffered by a spouse or family member of the person who has been injured or killed as a result of an accident. The amount of your damage award will vary according to the severity of the loss of society and comfort of your spouse. In cases where your relationship has been reduced to that of caregiver/care receiver, you might anticipate damages for “loss of consortium” ranging up to $40,000 and beyond. If the loss of your companionship with your spouse is of limited impact, or limited duration, damages for loss of consortium will be much lower, perhaps only ranging from $7,500 and above. Continue reading

Youth And Sports Concussions

According to the Alberta Centre for Injury Control and Research concussions more commonly affect kids and young male adults between the ages of 15 and 29. Until fairly recently, concussions went widely under-reported due to a lack of understanding of concussion risks and acceptance of impacts. The recognition of risks has prompted the development of new comprehensive concussion prevention, diagnostic and management information tailored for youth and young adults to build awareness of the risks associated with this injury. Parents should seek swift medical attention for children with visible signs of concussion as the likelihood to sustain a repeat concussion in recovery is heightened. Continue reading