BRAIN INJURY SOLICITORS - UK ACCIDENT COMPENSATION CLAIMS

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Accidents causing severe injury that result in brain damage may dramatically affect victims for the rest of their lives. People who suffer these traumatic injuries are often confronted with confusing lifestyle changes not easily understood by either the victim or their family. If someone else was to blame for the accident and it occurred within the last three years, a brain injury solicitor can help you to make a compensation claim which may result in the payment of substantial damages.

Traumatic brain injury (or TBI) means just what it sounds like, an injury to the brain caused by trauma. The differences between trauma to the brain and trauma to other parts of the body are several-fold. Trauma to the brain can occur with little or no external evidence of injury to the head. Even if there is evidence of a blow to the head or other damage, what is going on inside the skull may be much, much worse than one would anticipate by just looking at the person’s external injuries. Finally, even subtle brain damage can have a devastating and permanent impact on a person.

TBI can have debilitating long term effects and anyone injured as a result of the negligence of another person should consider taking advice from a brain injury solicitor. There are time limits and under normal circumstances a compensation claim should be settled or legal proceedings must be issued in a court of law within three years of the incident that caused the damage. There are several exceptions to this general rule including the mentally disabled and those under the age of 18 years.

TBI is a common occurrence all over the world. In the UK, as many as a million people go to accident and emergency every year because of head injuries. It is estimated that over 100,000 patients are admitted to a hospital as a result of brain injuries every year. The causes include falls, accidents at home or work, traffic collisions, and assaults. Serious TBI is more often caused by motor vehicle accidents. Alcohol ingestion is often involved. Falls and assaults are the most common causes of minor TBI. Three-quarters of patients with TBI are male. Males are more likely to suffer TBI than females, and males ages 15 to 29 have five times the risk of TBI than the population in general. The elderly are at risk, as are very young children. If you believe or are suspicious that TBI has been caused by the negligence of another person you should take urgent advice from a brain injury solicitor.

Anyone suffering a blow to the head can have traumatic brain injury. Just think about everyday life and the possible causes become obvious. A person could slip in the bath and hit his or her head. Someone shopping could trip over a poorly positioned stack of goods, fall and hit his or her head. Pedestrians can be hit by motor vehicles. Drivers or passengers in motor vehicles can be injured by being hit by another car, or by causing a crash themselves. Motorcyclists and cyclists can also be hit by cars. They can be knocked to the ground. If they are not wearing helmets, they are at great risk for traumatic brain injury. Elderly people with poor balance are more likely to fall because of an uneven pavement or dilapidated steps. All of these people could have head injuries that might show no visible external trauma. Those involved in motor vehicle accidents are more likely to be seriously injured. There may be visible trauma and they may have many other injuries which are immediately life-threatening and take precedence as medical personnel tend to them.

There is a whole class of TBI caused by assaults and violence. Gunshot wounds to the head are most often fatal, and may be self-inflicted or caused by another. Assaults of other kind, from brawls, to matrimonial abuse and child abuse, such as shaking a baby, can all cause TBI.

There are clearly ways to protect against some kinds of TBI. Cyclists should wear helmets. Many physicians would say boxing should be banned. The elderly can have bars installed, and mats put down to prevent slipping. However, some accidents cannot be avoided. People will suffer traumatic brain injury.

Brain Injury Causes

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a sudden physical injury usually caused by the head forcefully hitting an object. The major causes of TBI are motor vehicle accidents, falls, sports injuries, violent crime and child abuse. The brain can often compensate and take over the functions of the damaged areas which over time may result in the condition improving. Injured children often fare better than adults as they have a greater capacity to recover. The effects of TBI are usually most apparent immediately following the injury. Damage may be caused by contusion or bruising which is usually of a temporary nature. Although many cases are mild, there are people who suffer serious difficulties and have long term residual symptoms. A brain injury solicitor can claim compensation for chronic disabilities which takes account of all future losses including salary.

TBI Symptoms

Simple tasks once taken for granted may become difficult or even impossible. Loss of memory and dramatic mood swings often result from TBI. Family members often observe that a victim's personality has changed beyond recognition however in other cases because there is no outward manifestation of the injury others may lack an appreciation of the extent of the injury. Changes in personality often affect the victim's ability to interact in both a social and work environment.

    Cognitive Symptoms

    Cognitive symptoms may include :-

    • slowed or reduced ability to process information
    • short or long term memory loss
    • spatial disorientation
    • impaired judgment
    • reduced ability to concentrate
    • communication difficulties

    Physical Symptoms

    Physical symptoms may include :-

    • pain
    • seizures
    • muscle spasticity
    • headaches or migraines
    • problems with vision
    • balance problems
    • loss of smell or taste
    • speech impairment including slurring of words
    • fatigue or increased need for sleep

    Emotional Symptoms

    Emotional symptoms may include :-

    • a lack of initiating activities
    • difficulty in completing tasks without reminders
    • increased anxiety
    • impulsive behaviour
    • depression and mood swings
    • agitation
    • egocentric behaviour

Injury Compensation Awards

Damages that can be awarded in a brain damage compensation claim include :-

  • loss of past and future income
  • medical expenses for the past and for the future
  • assistance for the future
  • pain and suffering (including psychological damage)
  • loss of amenities of life
  • prescriptions
  • reduced employment prospects in the future
  • expenses in relation to the claim

No Win No Fee

Our brain injury solicitors are experts in their field and are members of the Solicitors Regulation Authority panel of personal injury experts. We operate the no win no fee scheme otherwise known as a conditional fee agreement. No legal charge is payable unless the legal case is won and the client obtains an award of compensation. In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made to the client. To protect your legal rights following a TBI you should instruct a solicitor who is experienced in handling cases involving severe injury and understands the full extent of the physical, mental and emotional disability often resulting from such injuries. An experienced brain injury solicitor can help by providing victims with information regarding the practical and legal aspects of personal injury law.

Brain Injury Solicitors

Our brain injury solicitors can help you assert your rights and get the compensation you deserve. If you or someone you know is suffering from physical, emotional or psychological problems as a result of TBI and you would like to know if it is possible to claim, just use the helpline or complete the contact form and a solicitor who is a member of the Law Society panel of personal injury experts will speak to you on the telephone with free advice and no further obligation.

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