Brain injuries can be extremely serious and can have a huge impact on your life. The repercussions on your family, your job and your day to day life can be enormous. If you or a family member has suffered from a brain injury, you will probably be making adjustments to try to come to terms with it, and depending on how severe the brain injury is, you may need to even consider life changes such as moving house or arranging 24 hour care. If the injuries were caused by the negligence of someone else, then you really do need to consider whether to make a claim for compensation. This could provide you and your family with vital financial support.
We do understand what a shock this must be for you and for the whole family. We can help you to be clear about your legal position and to decide whether you would like to make a claim for compensation.
In broad terms, brain injuries are classified depending upon whether they are suffered during birth or not. If the brain was not suffered during birth then it is known as an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). ABIs are then in turn classified between traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries.
Traumatic brain injury results from some sort of physical trauma to the brain following, for example, an assault, a fall at work, or brain surgery.
Non-traumatic brain injury may be caused by an infection, a stroke or by a lack of oxygen getting to the brain.
Traumatic brain injuries fall into three main types - closed injuries, open injuries and crush injuries. Most brain injuries are closed, which means there is no open wound and the damage is all internal. Open wounds are where the brain is exposed and crush injuries are when the head is caught and crushed between two things, like the wheel of a car and the road, for example.
There are also different classifications of brain injuries which are measured on the length of time you were unconscious and also how long post traumatic amnesia lasts. Post traumatic amnesia is where, for a period of time following the brain injury, the injured person is confused, says or does odd things and cannot remember things. If the brain injury is minor, there may be a loss of consciousness for less than 15 minutes and post traumatic amnesia for less than an hour. However, with severe brain injury, there may be a loss of consciousness for more than 48 hours and post traumatic amnesia could last for more than 7 days.
Dealing with a brain injury is a huge challenge and no matter how severe the injury is, the impact on your life and that of your family will be huge.
Our experienced team have helped many people with brain injuries and their families to recover compensation which will allow them to move forwards with their lives and start planning for their future care. This may include arranging rehabilitation and nursing care if necessary, adaptations to your home or maybe even moving house.
There also may be issues over legal capacity following a brain injury, and we will be able to help you resolve these by representing you and your family in the Court of Protection.
At this difficult time you will need a professional, supportive and capable solicitor who you can trust to achieve the best outcome for you and your family and we promise to be all of those things for you.
We will discuss with you in detail the legal implications around your claim so that you are clear about where you stand legally and we will never use legal jargon. The options open to you regarding funding your claim will be provided and explained in detail, allowing you to understand and decide which option will work best for you.