Head and Brain Injury Claims

Head Injury ClaimsSuffering from a head or brain injury can lead to life changing circumstances and can pose significant short and long-term risks to your health. Knowledge and expertise in this field is paramount when handling head injury claims. We are corporate members of Headway, the brain injury association, demonstrating our commitment to helping those who have suffered a brain injury.

Our head and brain injury solicitors, Christopher Livingston, Jason Brady and Dominic Graham, are specialists in the field of brain and head injury compensation claims.

Between them they have over 45 years experience of handling head injury claims and have achieved individual case awards of up to £2.9 million. They are all members, litigators and senior litigators approved by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

The team ensures that they deliver expert legal advice when it comes to head and brain injury compensation claims. They can guide clients through every step of the process one thing at a time, from initial consultation through to the completion of your head injury claim. We have a good relationship with a specialist care home provider called The Richardson Partnership who provide a person-centred approach for rehabilitation, treatment and residential care for adults with an acquired brain injury or learning difficulties.

Our approach at Blackwater Law is always professional and personal when it comes to head injury claims, as it is with every other type of injury claim we deal with. Through our exceptional client service, we ensure that you have direct access to your team when you need it. This can be through face to face meetings, talking over the phone or by email; whichever suits you best. We always make sure that we keep you up to date with the progress of your head and brain injury compensation claim whilst explaining the options that are available to you simply and clearly, so that you can make the most informed decisions.

If you would like to talk to one of the team to chat through your experiences and to help assess whether you would like to pursue a brain injury compensation claim, feel free to get in touch with us. You can call us on 0800 083 5500 or complete our online contact form and we will get back with you right away. You can also find out how much head injury compensation you could be entitled to with our Head Injury Compensation Calculator.

This initial consultation will be free of charge and as with our other claim processes, head injury claims are completed on a ‘no-win, no-fee’ basis.

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Head and Brain Injury Claims

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Brain Injuries

The Facts:

Each year in England & Wales, around 700,00 people attend A&E departments with a head injury
OF THESE, OVER 80% ONLY HAVE A MINOR INJURY

  • Your brain weighs about 3lbs, or just under 1.5Kg and has the texture of blancmange
  • Your brain is connected to your spinal cord by the brain stem
  • The brain is made up of around 100 billion nerve cells and even more support cells, which provide nourishment to the nerve cells
  • Damage to a particular area of the brain can affect specific activities. Strokes tend to affect a specific area of the brain, whereas a head injury due to a road traffic accident usually involves more general damage.

The brain is divided into areas that control different actions, for example:

The frontal lobe is the area behind the forehead and is heavily involved in intellectual activities such as planning and organizing, as well as being involved in personality and the control of emotions and behaviour.

Brain injury is often categorized as minor, moderate or severe

The symptoms of a MINOR head injury are usually mild and short lived. Symptoms may include:

  • A mild headache
  • Nausea (feeling sick)
  • Mild dizziness
  • Mild blurred vision

SEVERE head injuries require immediate medical attention because there is a risk of potentially serious damage to the brain. Signs of a severe head injury can include:

  • Unconsciousness – Either brief (concussion) or for a longer period of time
  • Fits or seizures – When the body suddenly moves uncontrollably
  • Difficulty speaking or staying awake
  • Problems with the senses – Such as loss of hearing or double vision
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Blood or clear fluid coming from the ears or nose
  • Memory loss (amnesia)

Brain injuries are usually divided into 2 groups:

1. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Is an injury to the brain caused by a trauma to the head (head injury). For example road traffic accidents, assaults, falls and accidents at home or at work

2. Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)

Covers all situations in which brain injury has occurred since birth, and includes traumatic brain injury as well as tumour, stroke, brain haemorrhage and encephalitis. The effects are often very similar to those of traumatic brain injury but there are key differences that make treating and coping with acquired brain injury quite different.

Effects of Brain Injury

COGNITIVE EFFECTS OF BRAIN INJURY

The cognitive effects of a brain injury affect the way a person thinks, learns and remembers. Different mental abilities are located in different parts of the brain, so a head injury can damage some, but not necessarily all, skills such as speed of thought, memory, understanding, concentration, solving problems and using language.

COMA AND REDUCED AWARENESS STATES

The usual immediate effect of brain injury is a loss of consciousness for either a brief period of prolonged period of time.

COMMUNICATION PROBLEMS AFTER BRAIN INJURY

Communication problems after brain injury are very common- the ability to communicate requires extremely complex skills and many different parts of the brain are involved.

EMOTIONAL AND BEHAVIOURAL EFFECTS OF BRAIN INJURY

Everyone who has had a head injury can be left with some changes in emotional reaction and behaviour. These are more difficult to see than the more obvious problems.

EXECUTIVE DYSFUNCTION AFTER BRAIN INJURY

Executive dysfunction is a term for the range of cognitive, emotional and behavioural difficulties which often occur after injury to the frontal lobes of the brain. Impairment of executive functions is common after acquired brain injury and has a profound effect on many aspects of everyday life.

HORMONAL IMBALANCES AND PITUITARY DYSFUNCTION AFTER BRAIN INJURY

Brain injury may occasionally cause damage to the hypothalamus and/or pituitary gland, which can lead to insufficient or increased release of one or more hormones.

PHYSICAL EFFECTS OF BRAIN INJURY

Most people make an excellent physical recovery after a brain injury, which can mean there are few, or no, outwards signs than an injury has occurred. There are often physical problems present that are not always so apparent, but can have a real impact on daily life.

POST-TRAUMATIC AMNESIA

Post-traumatic amnesia (PTA) is the time after a period of unconsciousness when the injured person is conscious and aware, but is behaving or talking in a bizarre or uncharacteristic manner.

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“Anna Woolf’s persistent nature when dealing with the defendant’s insurance company and encouragement when it came to pursuing the correct amount in compensation was excellent. Once again, a big thank you to Anna and all involved with my case.”

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