When things go wrong with the brain, the effects can be devastating, not only for the person who has suffered the injury but also for the people around them - friends, family and work colleagues. As an individual, they may struggle with movement, speech, balance, emotional impulses, and a poor memory. With claims compensation, you can access the best rehabilitation and support channels, to help you get back on track.
A head injury can completely change your life, so when an accident isn’t your fault, you should always pursue legal compensation to help mitigate the inevitable costs that will arise from your new condition.
- What is a brain injury?
A brain injury or head injury is not like any other physical injury. A broken leg is easy to diagnose and will often get completely better with treatment. A brain injury is often ‘hidden’. The damage may affect just one area of the brain or it can affect more than one region.
Whilst catastrophic brain injury is always identified – usually in the intensive care unit – a minor brain injury can be overlooked by the NHS – particularly in a busy A&E. The person who has been hurt may think they are ok. Friends and family will say they are ‘not the same person any more’ or that the accident has ‘hit them hard’.
- Statistics of brain injury
The charity Headway estimates that each year 1 million people visit Accident & Emergency departments with head injuries, of which 135,000 are admitted for treatment. About 10% of head injuries are classified as ‘moderate’ and 5% as ‘severe’. Other patients are often discharged home and go ‘under the radar’.
- Recognising symptoms of brain injury
Early symptoms which might mean that there has been a brain injury include:
- Headache with nausea and vomiting.
- Blurred or double vision.
- Slurred speech.
- Confusion or drowsiness.
- Loss of memory of events leading up to and immediately after the accident – even if you were able to behave relatively normally at the time.
- Loss of consciousness - this is usually a sign that more serious damage to the brain may have occurred.
- Blood or clear fluid (cerebrospinal fluid which normally bathes the brain) from the ears or nose.
- Excessive thirst - this may be an early warning sign that the pituitary gland has been damaged during the injury.
- Loss of sense of smell - this is common in more severe injury and may be prolonged.
- How we can help you
We are passionate about helping people who have suffered a brain injury – whether they have been left with lifelong paralysis or speech problems, or, at the other end of the scale, are struggling to cope with poor memory and temper flares. We often take cases on after other solicitors have failed to realise the significance of the symptoms the accident victim is suffering from. We have a track record of listening and sympathising with our clients and we often prove, with the help of neuropsychology experts, that someone has been injured far more seriously than anyone realised before and deserves more help than they have been given.
- The importance of appropriate rehabilitation
Brain cells often don’t get better after being damaged – although good rehabilitation will help that person learn to work around their disability. We believe that expert rehabilitation is essential for those people who have suffered a brain injury and the sooner the rehabilitation programme can be put in place, the better. We are very well networked and can put you in touch with just the service or expert you need to help you cope.
The world of brain injury is a confusing one. The expert doctors in the field use complicated medical language which can be very hard to understand. We can help you navigate your way through all the difficult terminology and explain what it all means. We won’t speak to you in legal jargon either. We will give you all the time you need and won’t rush you.
If you, or anyone you know, has been involved in an accident and is concerned that they may have suffered a head injury, please do contact us and one of our experienced lawyers will be happy to discuss this sensitive issue further.