If you or a loved one has sustained a brain injury then it may be possible to bring a claim for compensation. Call our specialist brain injury lawyers on Freephone: 0808 164 0808 for a free, no-obligation chat or complete the request a call back form to start a free case assessment.
Our serious and catastrophic injury solicitors specialise in brain injury compensation claims and have assisted many individuals and families over the years seek compensation following an accident. Our experts provide assistance not only in respect of the physical injuries sustained but also work with the injured individual and their family to attain suitable rehabilitation, counselling and equipment aids.
What can cause a brain injury?
Brain injuries are caused initially by an outside force, but can also occur as a result of complications which follow the initial accident such as damage due to a lack of oxygen, pressure or swelling in the brain. Additionally, negligent medical treatment can also result in an individual sustaining a brain injury.
What is a traumatic brain injury?
Traumatic brain injuries are often referred to as a closed, open or crush injuries.
Closed head injuries
A closed head injury is the most common type of head injury. In a closed head injury no open wound is visible and there is not a break in the skin. Injuries of this type commonly occur as a result of rapid acceleration or deceleration and are therefore common in transport accidents.
Open head injuries
Open wound head injuries occur if the skull is opened and the brain has been exposed and damaged. If the damage is limited to a specific area then the prognosis can be fairly positive. However, open head injuries often occur in conjunction with a closed head injury and therefore an individual’s brain may have been harmed in a number of ways.
Crushing head injuries
Crushing injuries are the least common type of traumatic brain injury. Generally, the crushing injury causes damage to the base of the skull and the nerves of the brain stem. Crushing injuries usually occur as a result of the head being crushed between two hard surfaces such as a vehicle and the road.
In addition to the initial injury caused by the external force brain injuries can be also be exaggerated as a result of the brain being starved of oxygen, therefore compounding the harm caused by the initial injury. Additional injuries to the brain can also occur several weeks following the initial accident as a result of bleeding, bruising, swelling or blood clots in the brain.
Severity of traumatic brain injury
Following a traumatic brain injury the injured individual enters a confused and disorientated state, this state occurs whether or not there was a loss of consciousness. The confused and disorientated state is referred to as post-traumatic amnesia (PTA). The duration of post-traumatic amnesia or loss of consciousness can vary and often provides an indication as to the severity of the injury. Severe brain injuries are classified where the injured individual has been in an unconscious state for in excess of 6 hours or where the post-traumatic amnesia state occurs for in excess of 24 hours. Regrettably, the longer the length of the coma the individual is more likely to experience issues in respect of:
- emotional and behavioural difficulties
- impairment to the senses
- speech difficulties
How we can help?
There can often be a lot of financial pressure on the injured person and/or their family, so early requests for interim payments are important in reducing the financial burden at what is already a stressful time. Interim payments may not only be required to meet normal daily bills, but also to purchase specialist equipment.
The effects of head injuries can be subtle, so it is important that you instruct a specialist lawyer to ensure the full effects of the accident are investigated.
Our specialist team have strong links with medical experts and rehabilitation providers to ensure the severity of the injury is fully investigated and the potential for recovery is maximised. In the most serious cases we have long established links with: case managers; architects; care experts; technology aid experts; occupational therapists; and financial advisers. The team also benefits from having an in-house professional deputy to assist with the management of what can be substantial awards of damages.
Types of accidents that can lead to a brain injury
Head injuries can be sustained in a number of ways, the most common being:
- road traffic accidents (RTA)
- cycling accidents
- motorcycling accidents
- pedestrian accidents
- clinical and medical negligence
- falls from height
- accidents at work
- slips, trips and falls
If you or a loved one have experience a head injury as a result of another’s negligence and you would like to discuss the possibility or pursuing a brain injury compensation claim, please call our Personal Injury (PI) lawyers on Freephone: 0808 164 0808 for a FREE no-obligation chat. Alternatively, you can complete the request a call back form and we will call you .