Traumatic brain injury can devastate lives and families. For those suffering the effects of a catastrophic brain injury it is essential to obtain early legal advice, to get in place a support network: a package of care and rehabilitation funded by the opponent. Legal liability investigations need to be put in place. Early action and legal expertise are necessary.
Watch our video in which our Head Injury head Stuart Kightley talks through some of the key points in dealing with a head injury claim.
Most cases of brain and head injury will be identified by the treating hospital and they will deal with the acute phase of care and treatment.
But there are many head injury cases where there is no damage to the brain itself or the damage is subtle. Here, the extent of the injury is not always appreciated by medical professionals and your lawyer can help to set up the investigations and treatment to get you the support you need. In many other cases there is a lack of coordination and follow up after discharge from hospital and the injured person can be left without support.
Although damage to the brain may be difficult to diagnose, some or all of the following after effects can be apparent:
Physical and sensory symptoms: Impaired balance and coordination, hearing and vision, taste and smell, headaches and fatigue
Emotional difficulties: onset of anxiety, depression, anger, impulsive behaviour.
Cognitive problems: difficulty in speech, processing and memorising information, attention and understanding.
Our job is to identify the problems caused by head or brain injury, to put in place the necessary treatment and support, and to identify and claim for the losses - past and future - caused by the injury.
This may involve costing and arranging alternative accommodation or property adaptations, specialised equipment, care and therapy. We will secure the maximum financial care and support package to meet the long term expenses involved.
Our expert head and brain injury claim solicitors are Stuart Kightley and his fellow Partners Wendy Wright and Sophie Davies.
The independent legal directory, Chambers and Partners, highlights Stuart as being "immensely impressive" and "focuses on serious head injury cases and gains high praise from top claimant solicitors and clients alike". (2013 edition) and "well regarded in the personal injury world for his handling of head injury claims and workplace accident cases" (2011 edition)