Brain and head injury is the most common cause of disability in people aged 1–40 and every 90 seconds in the UK, someone is admitted to hospital with a brain injury.
A serious brain and head injury can happen at any time in your life, and the consequences can be life-changing. As specialist brain and head injury solicitors, we understand the huge impact that a traumatic injury can have on your life, your family and your future.
Over the years, we’ve helped thousands of people, including children, who have suffered serious brain and head injuries due to:
- Road traffic accidents
- Cycling accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Medical negligence
- Sports accidents
- Horse riding accidents
- Accidents in public and private places
- Carbon monoxide poisoning11
- Accidents in rented accommodation
- Serious criminal assaults
What are the effects of brain injury?
The effects of brain injuries vary widely. The more severe the brain injury, the more significant the long-term effects are likely to be. Survivors of traumatic brain injury tend to have complex, life-changing problems that affect their personality, relationships and their ability to work and lead an independent life.
Everyone is different and experiences different symptoms. The physical effects may include: extreme fatigue, headaches, mobility issues, limb stiffness or weakness, paralysis, uncontrolled movements and epilepsy. The cognitive effects of brain injury can include: issues with memory, language loss, visual impairment, reduced concentration span and problems with processing information. Behavioural effects may include: disinhibition, impulsiveness, irritability and aggression.
Brain injuries can be especially damaging for babies and children because their brains will still be developing. Brain injuries can also sometimes occur during childbirth. Click to find out more about child brain and head injuries and birth injuries.
If you’ve suffered a brain injury, it’s likely you may also have sustained serious head injuries such as burns, excessive scarring, multiple bone fractures or loss of sight. Offering No Win No Fee funding, our team will help you to make a comprehensive claim, for all of your injuries.
Our specialist brain and head injury solicitors also have strong links with support groups that help people and their families who’ve sustained serious head injuries, such as Headway, Brain Injury Group and The Silverlining Brain Injury Charity. These groups offer information, advice and friendship.
What is a brain injury?
An acquired brain injury (ABI) is an injury that has been caused to the brain since birth. There are many possible causes including a fall, a road accident, oxygen deprivation such as carbon monoxide poisoning or a stroke. A traumatic brain injury is a type of acquired brain injury that happens when a sudden blow causes damage to the brain. It can result when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, is shaken due to movement, or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue.
What types of brain injury are there?
There are various types of injury to the brain including: hypoxic and anoxic brain injury, diffuse axonal injury and coup and contrecoup injuries. A hypoxic brain injury is when the brain receives too little oxygen and an anoxic brain injury is where the brain receives no oxygen, potentially causing permanent brain damage. A diffuse axonal injury is a traumatic brain injury that occurs when the brain moves rapidly within the skull causing damage to the nerve connections surrounding the brain. Similarly, a ‘coup’ and ‘countrecoup’ injury refers to one site of impact on the brain and the opposite secondary site of impact on a brain, following a traumatic brain injury where the head and brain moves violently back and forth.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have suffered a brain or head injury in the last three years that you believe was caused by someone else’s mistake or negligence, then it’s possible you may be able to make a compensation claim. Our specialist brain and head injury team offers a free, no obligation chat to assess your case and will let you know if your claim has a reasonable chance of success. We can also help you on a No Win No Fee basis which means you won’t have to pay a penny if your claim is unsuccessful. Call us on Freephone 0800 884 0777 or contact us online today.
Our specialist head and brain injury solicitors have lots of experience helping people with traumatic brain injuries get the maximum compensation they deserve. We can help even if your case is very complex, the effects of your brain or head injury are more serious and life-changing than was originally thought or you are unhappy with the advice or service you’ve had from another law firm. We will investigate the details of your claim very carefully and will advise you if we think you have a good chance of getting compensation.
Yes. The general rule is that you have three years from the date of the injury or the date when you realised your injury may have been caused by someone else’s mistake or negligence.
If you are claiming on behalf of a child, you can claim at any time until the child turns 18. When the child turns 18 they can make their own claim but the three year time limit will then apply and they will have until their 21st birthday to claim themselves.
There are exceptions to this rule. For example, there is no time limit for people who don’t have the mental capacity to make legal decisions and different time limits apply for some injuries or illnesses sustained abroad.
Time is an important factor, so it’s important to get in touch with our specialist brain and head injury team as soon as possible for expert advice.
The compensation you receive depends on the extent of your brain and head injury and the impact on your life. Severe, life-changing injuries usually include compensation to cover medical bills, rehabilitation, care and support, adaptations to the home and loss of earnings and pension. Your specialist brain and head injury solicitor will advise you on how much your claim could be worth.
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