The consequences of sustaining a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are well documented amongst UK patients, with such injuries being the most common cause of death and disability in people aged 1-40 years old.
Even patients that survive a brain injury and can incur long-lasting and severe cognitive, emotional and behavioural difficulties that permanently change the course of their life due to the brain damage. As a result, it’s unsurprising that where the patient sustains such a head injury in an accident that was no fault of their own, many choose to pursue brain injury compensation for brain damage in order to secure the financial and specialist care they may need both now and in the future.
Whilst many of the possible consequences of sustaining a traumatic brain injury are well known, it remains difficult to assess just how badly a brain injury will affect any given patient, or to explain why some are more adversely affected than others. When attempting to determine such matters, doctors usually look at how serious the original injury was, or indeed how frequently it was sustained. Other factors can include the precise area of the brain affected and the age of the patient at the time of injury. Those who suffer a TBI at a young age are more prone to suffer long-lasting impairments in brain development, and this in turn can adversely affect their ability to find employment, attain any significant degree of independence or maintain meaningful relationships.
What’s more, simply because a patient survives the initial post-injury period does not mean they will go on to a normal lifespan. Medical studies have now linked an elevated risk of death to serious brain injury patients several years after the incident. One such study found that as many as 40% of TBI patients died within 13 years of sustaining their injury, with those aged 15-54 incurring a mortality rate nearly 8 times greater than population average during that timeframe. Studies have also shown comparatively little difference in terms of recovery prospects between those judged to have sustained relatively mild injuries and those with moderate to severe injuries. Differences between these groups observed in the years immediately following injury diminish over time to the point where they are no longer significant.
Traumatic brain injuries have also been linked to mental health problems such as substance abuse later in life. Whilst some of this might be explained by way of those under the influence of alcohol or drugs being more likely to incur a serious brain injury, it is equally true that those who sustain TBIs are shown to be twice as likely to develop a diagnosable psychiatric disorder later in life. Even those whose injuries are judged to be relatively minor suffer these elevated risks, with the effects prominent throughout adult life.
Given the incredibly serious consequences of sustaining a traumatic brain injury, receiving the proper care and treatment is crucial to helping the patient build a life after the injury. The physical, emotional and financial challenges of providing such care can however, prove insurmountable for many families. This is particularly distressing for those who were injured in an accident that was not their fault, such as an accident at work, car accident or injury at birth. Families in this position are encouraged to make contact with a solicitor specialising in head injury compensation claims.
Blackwater Law Solicitors in Essex has a team of expert personal injury lawyers specialising in advising clients on head injury and brain compensation cases. Our specialist team acts for clients across England and Wales.
Contact Blackwater Law today for free initial advice from a specialist solicitor. Call 0800 083 5500. All accepted claims for head and brain injury compensation are dealt with on a “no win, no fee” basis.