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This week is Action for Brain Injury Week 2015 which runs from 18-24 May. Organised by the national head and brain injury charity Headway, it aims to increase awareness of the impact that brain injuries have on people and their families and the vital support services that are available.
Over the years there have been a number of well-known celebrities and sports people who have suffered severe brain injuries. From Formula 1 drivers Michael Schumacher, who hit his head in a skiing accident and Jules Bianchi, who crashed in the Japanese Grand Prix to TV’s Richard Hammond, seriously injured in a high speed accident while filming Top Gear.
However, a brain injury can affect anyone at any time, regardless of age, gender, occupation or lifestyle and it can have significant life-changing consequences for survivors and their families.
A brain injury can change the way we think, feel, act and move. It may also change the complex internal functions of the body, such as regulating body temperature; blood pressure and bladder and bowel control.
The impact of a brain injury is often sudden and very distressing for everyone involved. At Novum Law we know only too well the devastating effect that brain injuries can have on victims and those who love and care for them.
Many of the brain-injured clients that we represent have been left with catastrophic and life-changing injuries that bring huge challenges to their families, friends and people who care for them. The physical, emotional and cognitive consequences can shatter families and leave survivors in desperate need of help and support.
Families often suffer a huge loss of income when the brain-injured person is the main breadwinner. In addition, homes may have to be adapted to cope with the physical demands of meeting the needs of their loved one and emotional and behavioural changes can cause emotional strains within relationships.
That’s why we are passionate about raising awareness and understanding of brain injuries and ensuring that those affected have access to the support they need.
This Friday everyone at Novum Law will be putting on their silliest hats for ‘Hats for Headway’ to show their support for Action for Brain Injury Week. The goal is to raise much-needed money for Headway’s fantastic work in helping guide people in the right direction to the specialist support and services they need to cope and improve life after a brain injury.