Brain injuries change lives. They are often sudden, unexpected and affect not only the injured party but also those closest to them. It can be a daunting and uncertain time. The impact on the injured person and his or her family can be devastating and long lasting. One moment the person can be normal and the next moment life has abruptly changed, often forever.
The more severe the brain injury, the more pronounced the long-term effects are likely to be. The effects and severity of a brain injury can vary and symptoms may include cognitive difficulties, memory loss, poor concentration, change of personality and physical disability. These may be permanent and will have a significant effect on various aspects of a person’s life.
If someone in your family has suffered a brain injury, depending upon the severity of their injury and its effects, you may have to make very considerable changes to your lifestyle, such as becoming a carer.
Brain injury takes many forms and has many causes and levels of severity. Any brain injury that has occurred since birth is known as an acquired brain injury (ABI). A common form of ABI is Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), caused by an outside force, like a blow to the head – this often occurs due to road traffic collisions, falls, assaults or other accidents.
Traumatic brain injury is a complex injury with a broad range of symptoms and disabilities. Symptoms may appear right away or may not be present for days or weeks after the injury.
Closed and Open injuries
Closed head injuries – The ‘closed’ means simply that there isn’t a break in the skull, and the brain is not exposed.
Open or penetrating injuries – these are less common. The ‘open’ means that the skull is cracked and the brain is exposed.
Survivors of more severe brain injury are likely to have complex long-term problems affecting their personality, their relationships and their ability to lead an independent life. Rehabilitation aims to help the person improve and learn alternative ways of coping in order to minimise the long-term impact of the brain injury. It also helps the person suffering from the brain injury and their family to cope with any remaining disabilities.
Brain injury claims
For someone suffering from a serious brain injury, a compensation claim may well be the only chance they will have to be able to afford the level of care and other support which they are going to need for the rest of their life. So it is very important that the solicitor you choose to handle your claim understands the complexities of your injury and how your injury is likely to affect your life.
At Harris Fowler we fully understand the vital importance of your compensation claim, including the support and rehabilitation that it will fund – and that these are critical to your future.
Harris Fowler has over 20 years experience of dealing with brain injury claims throughout England and Wales. We have dedicated staff who deal exclusively with claims involving such life-changing injuries. We have the expertise and experience to handle your claim to get you the right level of compensation, so that you can start to rebuild your life.
We will strive to get you early interim compensation payments, where possible, to pay for medical treatment, rehabilitation and to help to pay your bills if you can’t work.
We are well versed in instructing medical experts who can assess the severity of the brain injury, how long it is likely to last and if there will be any permanent damage. With this, there can be appropriate compensation for the injury itself. Experts can also assess whether any ongoing therapy or care will be required. We will gather expert evidence on your care and all other needs, ensuring that your compensation allows you to access the support you need to enjoy the best quality of life possible.
Friendly and approachable
At Harris Fowler, our brain injury lawyers will handle your case in a sympathetic manner, listening to you whilst providing you with the best legal advice to meet your specific needs.
We will take the time to understand what you are going through, helping you get the answers and the compensation you deserve.
No win no fee
Our expert personal injury solicitors take brain injury claims on a no win no fee basis.
All you have to do is call our Freephone number 0800 213214 and talk to one of our friendly legal advisors.
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