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.

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.

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

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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 deep human costs involved.”

– Howard Yegendorf, Founding Partner.

Ottawa Brain Injury Attorneys

At Howard Yegendorf & Associates, our brain injury lawyers have considerable experience and capabilities in representing people and families who have suffered mild, moderate and severe brain injuries. We deal with brain injuries from car accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents and slip-and-fall accidents that occur in Ottawa, Toronto and across Ontario. We are highly skilled in resolving brain injury claims for our clients.

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.

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Howard Yegendorf & Associates

Howard Yegendorf has spent his entire career as a personal injury lawyer protecting the rights of clients who have been seriously injured.

Howard Yegendorf & Associates

Howard Yegendorf has spent his entire career as a personal injury lawyer protecting the rights of clients who have been seriously injured.


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At Howard Yegendorf & Associates, we have nearly 50 years of combined experience with personal injury claims. Our primary focus is on catastrophic injuries such as brain and spinal cord injuries and wrongful deaths, but we will guide and represent you during any personal injury case.

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Rony Podolsky
Rony Podolsky
13:34 19 Jan 18
Mr. Yegendorf is very different than the stereotypical lawyer. He is sympathetic to his clients and eager to help. Probably one of the most ethical, professional and experienced lawyers out there. Highly recommended!
Natalia Bradu
Natalia Bradu
15:46 17 May 17
I can not express my warmest wishes to Howard Yagendorf and his amazing team. I had a great experience working with them and I'm so thankful to his expertise and help in my difficult situation. He guided me and my family through the process and helped us to get the outcome we've never hope about. Great people, great team and overall experience was easy and worry free. Thank you so much.
Brian Mandelker
Brian Mandelker
15:41 21 Apr 17
Howard is an excellent, meticulous lawyer. Perhaps even more important though, is that he is a compassionate human being. A very good listener and an even better questioner!
Michael Dagenais
Michael Dagenais
16:42 14 Mar 17
I have known Howard for nearly 20 years. During that time he not only helped me with sound, expert advice pertaining to a "Ponzi scheme" that devastated my family, he has helped countless others. He is dedicated to the law and a true expert in his field. I know first hand that he has changed the destiny of many of his clients , allowing them to move forward with dignity after suffering catastrophic events. He cares deeply , has dogged determination, vast experience and his team of lawyers and support staff are second to none. I would highly recommend Howard and his team.
Stephen McGill
Stephen McGill
14:22 16 Feb 17
I've known Howard Yegendorf for well over a decade and consider him to be one of the most capable, professional, knowledgeable and trustworthy people I've met in my business career. His attention, compassion and skills were reinforced to me when he helped a very close family member with a potentially serious legal situation. Without hesitation I will continue to recommend Howard and his firm to anyone who wants exceptional legal representation.
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