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Barry Munro

Retirement from the practice of Personal Injury Law.

The partners of Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP would like to announce Barry Munro’s retirement from the practice of Personal Injury.

Barry Munro

A founding partner of Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP, we wish to thank him for his hard work and commitment to the firm over the years. We wish him the best in his endeavours and much success in his full time return to his work with the Canadian Spinal Research Organization.

New Resource for Primary Care Practitioners to Assist Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury

In their ongoing dedication to assist persons with spinal cord injury (SCI) gain access to primary care, the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF), in partnership with Hamilton Health Sciences, has developed a new resource tool called: SCORE.

This new resource tool, funded by ONF, is designed to assist primary care practitioners in providing best care and outcomes for individuals with SCI.

To view SCORE (and some of the many other tools and resources of which ONF has undertaken the development; including, Provider Flow Sheet, Caring for Persons with Spinal Cord Injury, Spinal Cord Injury Health Promotion Plan, and more) click here.

After & Beyond Neurotrauma: The Medical-Legal Conference

Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP is excited to announce that on October 14, 2014, the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF) and the Canadian Spinal Research Organization (CSRO) are coming to Kingston, ON to present After & Beyond Neurotrauma: The Medical-Legal Conference. The conference will take place at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel & Conference Centre, located at 285 King Street East, with registration opening at 7:30am and the day concluding at 4:00pm.

This one-day event has been specifically designed for health care professionals, caregivers, and health care organizations. During this medical-legal conference, attendees will learn best practices, latest medical research, and legal policy to provide best care and outcomes for individuals who have suffered a spinal cord injury and/or brain injury. For more details, please view the brochure at the bottom of this page or download the brochure here.

Partners at Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP—Joseph Falconeri (a member of ONF’s Board of Directors), Barry Munro (Chair, ONF & Chair, CSRO), Bryan Rumble, and Leigh Harrison-Wilson—are delighted to be the speakers for the legal component of the conference. Topics include:

            • The Vital Role a Clinical Team Plays in a Catastrophic Impairment Assessment. Presented by: Barry Munro, Joseph Falconeri, along with Dr. Unarket, Medical Director of Rehabilitation and Ambulatory Care, Bridgepoint Active Healthcare
      • How to Make the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS) Work for Your Patient/Client. Presented by: Bryan Rumble and Leigh Harrison-Wilson
      • Panel Discussion: How to Avoid the Pitfalls of a Catastrophic Accident Benefits Claim. Panel Chair: Joseph Falconeri

In addition, ONF has secured accomplished health care professionals to speak on both brain injury and spinal cord injury for the medical piece of the conference. Topics include:

      • How to Provide the Best Primary Care for Patients with Spinal Cord Injury. Presented by: Dr. Joe Lee, Family Physician
      • Secondary Medical Complications After or Post Spinal Cord Injury. Presented by: Dr. Sussan Askari, Physiatrist, Providence Care

In addition, attendees will be inspired by Kingston resident Katie Charboneau. At the age of 19, Katie was in a car accident that resulted in extensive paralysis from the neck down. Yet, even in the face of her current challenges, Katie remains exceptionally driven. Since the accident, she has graduated from Queen’s University, visited an elephant sanctuary in South Africa, and has organized a multitude of fundraisers. She is the recipient of the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award and an avid public speaker. During her inspiring keynote, attendees will learn how integral the clinical team and support system are to recovery.

This medical-legal conference is sure to book up quickly, register today by phoning Erin Finn at 613-449-4350 or register by email at erin.finn@outlook.com. The cost to attend the conference is $100.57 per person.

To learn more about the conference, please see the brochure below.

After & Beyond Neurotrauma: The Medical-Legal Conference

 

After & Beyond Neurotrauma: The Medical-Legal Conference

Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF) Has Done It Again!

On June 25, 2014, the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF) released the Guidelines for Diagnosing and Managing Pediatric Concussion.

The guidelines—funded by ONF—offer health care practitioners, schools, community organizations/centers, parents and caregivers the tools to provide the best care to children and/or adolescents who have sustained a concussion.

Barry Munro (Chair, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation) and Joseph Falconeri (Member, Board of Directors, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation) thank all of the members of the Guidelines Project Team. Because of their dedication, hard work, and guidance—along with the funding and support of the ONF—there are now guidelines in place to help individuals make more informed decisions when it’s suspected a child and/or adolescent has sustained a concussion. This, of course, results in best possible outcomes for our youths both today and in the future.

The Guidelines for Diagnosing and Managing Pediatric Concussion can be used before an injury occurs, on presentation to acute care, on discharge, on interim assessment and on further re-assessment—according to the situation.

For ease of access, the guidelines are divided into three versions specific to your role:

1. Recommendations for Health Care Professionals

2. Recommendations for Schools and/or Community Sports Organizations/Centres

3. Recommendations for Parents and/or Caregivers

Alternatively, you can download the full guidelines to glean the whole picture.

Please visit the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation’s website, www.onf.org, for more information.

Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP is Honoured to Receive OBIA’s Legal Fellowship Award

Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP thanks the Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA) for honouring them with OBIA’s Legal Fellowship Award for outstanding support of persons living with the effects of acquired brain injury.

The award was presented by OBIA’s Executive Director, Ruth Wilcox, at their Annual General Meeting on June 21, 2014. The Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA) is a provincial not-for-profit, charitable organization. Their mission is to enhance the lives of Ontarians living with the effects of acquired brain injury (ABI) through education, awareness and support.

From back row left: Gregory Tucci (Partner, Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP),  Joseph Falconeri, (Partner, Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP), Ruth Wilcox (Executive Director, Ontario Brain Injury Association.) Front row: Barry Munro (Partner, Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP)

From back row left: Gregory Tucci (Partner, Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP), Joseph Falconeri, (Partner, Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP), Ruth Wilcox (Executive Director, Ontario Brain Injury Association.) Front row: Barry Munro (Partner, Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP)

Humber River Hospital Foundation thanks Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP for their Generous Donation

During Humber River Hospital Foundation’s Family Campaign Donor Appreciation Reception on June 26, 2014, Dr. Rueben Devlin (President and CEO, Humber River Hospital) along with Paul Allison (Chair of Humber River Hospital’s Board of Directors) thanked Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP for their generous donation commitment of one million dollars.

Humber staff, physicians, volunteers, and board members whose gifts are helping to build and equip the new hospital were also thanked for proudly standing by the hospital and supporting their new campaign.

This community of dedicated individuals truly makes a difference.

 

From left: Gregory Tucci (Partner, Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP),  Dr. Rueben Devlin (President and CEO, Humber River Hospital), Joseph Falconeri, (Partner, Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP), Paul Allison (Chair, Humber River Hospital Board of Directors), Leigh Harrison-Wilson (Partner, Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP), Bryan Rumble (Partner, Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP), and John Temperato (Paralegal, Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP)

From left: Gregory Tucci (Partner, Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP), Dr. Rueben Devlin (President and CEO, Humber River Hospital), Joseph Falconeri, (Partner, Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP), Paul Allison (Chair, Humber River Hospital Board of Directors), Leigh Harrison-Wilson (Partner, Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP), Bryan Rumble (Partner, Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP), and John Temperato (Paralegal, Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP)

Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP Makes a Milestone Donation of One Million Dollars to the New Humber River Hospital

On Thursday, June 19, 2014, Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP presented the Humber River Hospital Foundation with a donation commitment in the amount of one million dollars!

Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP’s commitment to the Humber River Hospital goes beyond that of a financial one.  In fact, Joseph Falconeri (one of the firm’s partners) also made a pledge of time when he accepted the Humber River Hospital Foundation’s invitation to join their Board of Directors on March 27, 2014.

The partners at Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP are proud to help bring a leading-edge facility to the community and to be a part of building North America’s first fully-digital hospital. One of the firm’s core values is an enriched social responsibility campaign and supporting the Humber River Hospital is one example of the many ways in which the firm puts their values into action.

The new Humber River Hospital, now under construction, is scheduled to open October 15, 2015.

Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)

What is an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)?

The Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA) describes an Acquired Brain Injury in this way:

Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) is damage to the brain that occurs after birth from a traumatic or non-traumatic event. ABI is not related to a congenital disorder or a degenerative disease, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson’s Disease. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is damage to the brain caused by a traumatic event such as, a blow to the head, a fall, a motor vehicle collision or a sports related injury. Non-Traumatic Brain Injury is damage to the brain caused by illness such as meningitis or encephalitis, oxygen deprivation (anoxia) or stroke.1

 

10 Facts about ABI:

Ruth Wilcock, Executive Director, OBIA states, “In Ontario alone there are close to half a million people living with a brain injury, with 18,000 new cases added every year.”2 The OBIA prepared a statistical snapshot of Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and its effects on survivors and caregivers. The information was compiled in a report called: The OBIA Impact Report 2012.3 Below you’ll find just a few of the facts from that report:

1.  40% of ABI survivors sustained the brain injury as a result of an automobile crash.

2.  5% of respondents indicated that their injury was sports related.

3.  95% have trouble remembering some or most of the time.

4.  76% have trouble with depression some of most of the time.

5.  More than 90% have trouble with concentration, making decisions and memory.

6.  71% have trouble with dizziness some or most of the time.

7.  22% have trouble with seizures some or most of the time.

8.  69% have trouble controlling their temper some or most of the time.

9.  Nearly 80% have trouble with anxiety some or most of the time.

10.  Nearly 15% indicated that it took longer than 6 months to learn of their brain injury, 4% of which stated it being more than 5 years.

 

What can you do to protect yourself?

1. Commit to focusing on the road when you drive. The Ontario Provincial Police states, “Distracted driving is cited as a causal factor in 30 to 50 per cent of traffic collisions in Ontario, but is probably much higher due to under-reporting.”4 Combine those statistics with those of the OBIA Impact Report 2012 which indicates “40% of ABI survivors sustained the brain injury as a result of an automobile crash”5 and it’s easy to see that focusing on the road when you drive can significantly decrease your risk of sustaining a brain injury. Consider taking the “I D.O.N.T. Pledge” (Drive Only, Never Text.) Read more here.

2. Commit to wearing the proper protective head gear when participating in sporting activities. While it doesn’t guarantee you will avoid sustaining a head injury, it certainly reduces the risk and it just may end up saving your life.

3. Never ignore a blow to the head. To discover the symptoms of concussion and what to do if you’ve sustained a blow to the head, click here.

 

Sources:
1 What is ABI
2 Creating Awareness Through the 2012 OBIA Impact Report
3 2012 OBIA Impact Report
4 Ontario Provincial Police: Distracted Driving
5 2012 OBIA Impact Report

Faces of Neurotrauma

The Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF) has just released a very unique annual report. Why is this annual report unique? It puts a “face” to neurotrauma; hence the theme and the name of the report: Faces of Neurotrauma. Inside the pages of this annual report, you’ll:

  • Meet Jeremy, a 27-year-old project manager at Blackberry in Waterloo, Ontario. His story is one of maintaining health and wellness after sustaining a spinal cord injury.
  • Meet April, who at the age of 25, sustained a traumatic brain injury when she was hit by a car. Her story is one of incredible community support.
  • Meet Shannon, who after colliding with a fellow player during a co-ed hockey game, went from an active athlete, mother, wife, and professional to feeling frustrated and isolated. Her story is one of understanding no two injuries are alike.

Meet more individuals in Faces of Neurotrauma. Allow their stories to inspire, inform, and educate you – allow them to help you to put a face to neurotrauma. Click here for the full report: Faces of Neurotrauma ONF 2013 2014 Annual Report

Never Ignore a Blow to the Head

If you receive a blow to the head (or even to elsewhere on your body), you may have sustained a concussion. In their Guidelines for Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Persistent Symptoms, the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF) writes a concussion “may be caused either by a direct blow to the head, face, neck or elsewhere on the body with an ‘impulsive’ force transmitted to the head.”1

What are the symptoms of concussion? Konkussion (an organization focused on becoming the global leader in concussion management and research) says, “Symptoms include headaches, nausea, vomiting and a sense of being out-of-it or feeling foggy. Most [individuals] fail to recognise their symptoms as a concussion. Parents may notice their child being slow to respond, off-balance or glassy-eyed. It’s critical that patients are evaluated by a health care professional following a suspected concussion. It’s crucial that a patient isn’t cleared to return to play until normal brain function has returned since a second concussion without recovering from the first may be fatal.”2

How long does it take to recover? According to the ONF: “Most people will recover from a concussion within a relatively short period of time; usually anywhere from one week to up to three months. Unfortunately, up to 20% of people with concussion will continue to experience significant symptoms beyond three months. Some people can have the following troublesome symptoms for much longer:

• Post-traumatic headache
• Sleep disturbances
• Balance problems and dizziness
• Cognitive impairments
• Fatigue
• Depression and anxiety.

These persistent symptoms can impede a person’s return to activity including work, school, and recreation/sports.”3

What can you do?

If you’ve had a blow to the head (or elsewhere on the body with an impulsive force transmitted to your head), don’t ignore the fact you may have sustained a concussion. Instead, see a health care professional for an evaluation. In addition, it’s important not to let the information you read online lead you into making a self-diagnosis. While it’s good to arm yourself with knowledge (see “Helpful Resources” below), the very best thing you can do is to see a doctor for a professional assessment.

Helpful Resources:

Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF)
Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA)
Brain Injury Association of Canada (BIAC)

Sources:

1 Guidelines for Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Persistent Symptoms
2 Konkussion FAQs
3 ONF Concussion/Mild Tbi