Brain injury solicitors

Making a successful claim for brain injury compensation requires specialist solicitors who can deal with all aspects of a brain injured client’s needs. It will become obvious very quickly that only specialist brain injury claim solicitors are able to provide the important advice that will be required at an early stage.

We are a leading specialist brain injury law firm. The team Partners each have 20 years experience of working for clients with severe brain and head injuries. Our dedicated team of injury lawyers are able to provide advice and assistance through our high levels of legal expertise and links with brain injury associations and those providing brain injury rehabilitation and support.

 

Headway approved firm

Our clients are safe in the knowledge that the lawyers who support them are leading experts in this area. Our brain injury claims team are members of the Headway personal injury solicitors list which means we have agreed to work within the Headway personal injury lawyer’s code of conduct. This in turn means that by choosing us you can have confidence in the quality and expertise of our firm and our commitment to addressing your particular needs and circumstances.

Our priority is to work closely with the family of the injured person and to advise throughout the claim on how we can help to obtain early interim payments to deal with rehabilitation costs, nursing care, specialist equipment, aids and appliances and money to replace lost income.

Scope approved firm

We are proud sponsors of the disability charity SCOPE and are listed by them as solicitors experienced in medical negligence litigation who can assist individuals and families looking for solicitors.   

Why choose Boyes Turner?

Brain injuries can have a devastating effect on lives. At a distressing time, our specialist brain injury lawyers can offer straightforward and clear advice and assistance. Our approach is to work with the family and the injured person to get maximum compensation to help rebuild lives.

Brain Injury rehabilitation

Whilst damaged brain cells do not regenerate, recovery can still occur. The brain can reorganise itself so that other parts of the brain take over the activities from the damaged areas.

Brain injury rehabilitation tries to help the brain learn these different ways of working in order to reduce the full impact of the injury.

Rehabilitation also aims to help the injured person and his or her family in moving forward.

Recovery from a brain injury can be a slow process and may take many months or years. It could also be at least a year after an accident before the extent of potential recovery becomes clear, at least physically; psychological recovery may take a little longer.

Our expert brain injury lawyers aim to improve the quality of life of our clients by focusing on early rehabilitation and training. We have access to case managers to ensure that practical assistance is given as soon as possible and we can arrange for interim payments to be made to deal with any pressing financial needs or purchase any equipment or care that is necessary.

We consider the Rehabilitation Code of Conduct in every case – this means that as a priority we aim to assess your immediate rehabilitation needs by instructing a case manager who will provide recommendations to maximise your recovery. We then seek to interim payments to fund the cost of this.

Rehabilitation can involve neuropsychologists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists and occupational therapists.

Rehabilitation usually takes one of the following forms:

  • In-patient - involving intensive specialist rehabilitation following discharge from hospital.
  • Out-patient - if the injured person is well enough to return home following discharge from hospital and treatment can be provided as an out-patient at local hospitals or rehabilitation centres.
  • Community - for example therapists or outreach workers coming into your home to provide assistance.  

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Brain injury FAQs

Q. What is a brain injury?

A. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an injury caused to the brain by a sudden physical external shock. A sudden impact can cause the brain to knock against the inside of the skull, causing bruising or tearing of brain tissue. Such injuries are often classed as a mild brain injury, moderate brain injury or severe traumatic brain injury.

Q. What are the causes of a brain injury?

A. Traumatic brain injury may have been caused by a road traffic accident whether as a driver, passenger or pedestrian, an accident at work (particularly a fall from height), a sporting injury or as a result of a violent assault.

Many brain injuries are caused though medical negligence. A lack of oxygen to the brain at the time of birth or as a consequence of a blood clot or arterial or venous dissection can cause a brain injury. Meningitis, surgical errors, failure to prescribe or maintain anticoagulation and failure to treat subarachnoid haemorhages or subdural haematomas cause brain injury. Delays in treatment or failure to treat a thrombotic stroke can also cause brain injury. We have worked throughout the last 25 years with clients whose brain injuries has been caused in all of these ways.

Q. What are the effects of a brain injury?

The effects of a brain injury will depend on the severity and location of the injury. Whilst the majority of people make a good physical recovery after a brain injury some are left with long lasting physical problems which can have a significant impact on everyday life. These can include:

  • Movement, balance and coordination
    Common where there has been damage to the motor cortex, brain stem, cerebellum and vestibular system.

  • Loss of senses
    Damage to the sensory cortex can lead to loss of sight, smell (anosmia), taste and hearing. Gradual recovery is possible but damage can be permanent. Damage to the occipital lobe can result in full or partial blindness.

  • Epilepsy
    This is most likely where there has been an open or penetrating brain injury. Seizures can occur within a week or two of an injury, but often they do not occur until much later.
     
  • Tiredness
    This can often be the most debilitating of symptoms of head injury because it affects almost every area of life.
     
  • Speech problems 
    This can occur when where there has been damage to the cranial nerves. The muscles that control our speech can become weak and uncoordinated, and lead to speech becoming slurred or slower than normal (dysarthria). Similarly, damage to this area can cause problems with chewing and/or swallowing (dysphalgia).
     
  • Memory
    Loss of memory (amnesia) can be either post-traumatic amnesia (PTA) or retrograde amnesia.
     
  • Concentration 
    Difficulty with concentration and attention can be a very common problem following a brain injury caused by damage to the frontal lobe. Those with damage to this area can find that they have reduced attention spans, are easily distracted by noise and have difficulty planning and organising things.

The emotional and behavioural effects of a brain injury can often be the most difficult of symptoms to deal with, both for the individual and the family. Challenges can include:

  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of awareness and insight into their condition
  • Impulsiveness and disinhibition
  • Sexual problems with loss or increased sex drive
  • Emotional lability
  • Apathy or lack of motivation

Q. What is the treatment for a brain injury?

A. Whilst damaged brain cells do not regenerate, recovery can still occur. The brain can reorganise itself so that other parts of the brain take over the activities from the damaged areas.

Brain injury rehabilitation tries to help the brain learn these different ways of working in order to reduce the full impact of the injury.

Q. What is brain injury rehabilitation?

A. Rehabilitation also aims to help the injured person and his or her family in moving forward.

Rehabilitation can involve neuropsychologists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists and occupational therapists.

Rehabilitation usually takes one of the following forms:

  • In-patient - involving intensive specialist rehabilitation following discharge from hospital.
  • Out-patient - if the injured person is well enough to return home following discharge from hospital and treatment can be provided as an out-patient at local hospitals or rehabilitation centres.
  • Community - for example therapists or outreach workers coming into your home to provide assistance.  

Q. Will I recover fully from my brain injury?

A. Recovery from a brain injury can be a slow process and may take many months or years. It could also be at least a year after an accident before the extent of potential recovery becomes clear, at least physically; psychological recovery may take a little longer.

Q. Why should I make a claim for brain injury compensation?

A. If the injury was caused by the fault of another person or organisation then it may be possible to obtain financial compensation for the injured person. In this situation, making a claim will ensure accountability of the person or organisation responsible for the injury and may help stop the same mistake from happening again.

Making a claim will also secure payment of compensation which is important, especially in brain injury cases, where long term specialist care and assistance may be required and the injured person may not be able to return in the same capacity or at all.

Our expert brain injury lawyers aim to improve the quality of life of our clients by focusing on early rehabilitation and training. We have access to case managers to ensure that practical assistance is given as soon as possible and we can arrange for interim payments to be made to deal with any pressing financial needs or purchase any equipment or care that is necessary.

We consider the Rehabilitation Code of Conduct in every case – this means that as a priority we aim to assess your immediate rehabilitation needs by instructing a case manager who will provide recommendations to maximise your recovery. We then seek to interim payments to fund the cost of this.

Q. Why should I choose Boyes Turner?

A. Brain injury claims are complicated, and often involve different considerations to other sorts of claim. It is important that your solicitor fully understands the nature of your injury and the consequences it will have for you and your family now, and in the future.

Our lawyers are members of the Headway Personal Injury List and have been for many years. This means that we have agreed to work within the Headway Personal Injury Lawyers Code of Conduct, which means in turn that you can have confidence in the quality and experience of our firm and our commitment to addressing your particular needs and circumstances.

Q. How will I fund my claim?

A. We work on a no win, no fee basis. 

Brain injury definitions

The language associated with head or brain injuries can be complicated and difficult to understand. We have identified some of the key terms in every day use in relation to brain injuries.

A

Acceleration/deceleration

Acceleration  or deceleration  describes a type of closed head injury where the brain smashes backwards and forwards against the skull, damaging the frontal lobes and back of the brain.

Amnesia

Amnesia  is a loss of memory.

Anosmia

Anosmia  is a loss of sense of smell.

Aphasia

Aphasia  is a complete loss of language.

B

Brain stem

The  brain stem  is in the posterior part of the brain providing a connection between the brain and spinal cord.

C

Cerebellum

The  cerebellum  is a region at the back of the brain below the cerebral hemispheres which plays an important role in movement, coordination, balance and posture.

Cerebral

Cerebral  means of or relating to the brain or cerebrum.

Cerebral cortex

The  cerebral cortex  is a sheet of tissue covering the brain which plays a key role in memory, attention, perceptual awareness, thought, language and consciousness.

Cerebral hemispheres

The  cerebral hemispheres  are the right and left halves of the cerebrum.

Cerebrum

The  cerebrum  is the largest part of the brain, made up the two cerebral hemispheres.

Concussion

Concussion  is a loss of consciousness following a blow to the head.

Coma

coma  is a deep state of unconsciousness lasting more than 6 hours.

Cranial nerves

There are 12 pairs of  cranial nerves  that emerge directly from the brain at the brain stem.

D

Disinhibition

Disinhibition  describes a lack of restrain and impulsivity.

Dysarthria

Dysathria  is a weakness or lack of coordination of the speech muscles leading to difficulty in speaking.

Dysphalgia

Dysphalgia  describes difficulty swallowing.

Dysphasia

Dysphasia  is a partial loss of language.

E

Emotional lability

Emotional lability  describes uncontrollable episodes of crying and/or laughing or other emotional displays.

Epilepsy

Epilepsy  is a condition characterised by seizures.

F

Frontal lobe

The  frontal lobe  is the largest lobe at the front of each cerebral hemisphere controlling movement, speech, affecting thinking, reasoning, decision making and planning, social behaviour, personality and emotions.

G

Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS)

The  Glasgow Coma Scale  is a scale used to record the conscious state of a head injured person for initial and subsequent assessment. A lower score of 3 indicates deep unconsciousness, a maximum score of 15 indicates that a person can speak coherently, open their eyes spontaneously and obey commands.

I

Interim payments

Interim payments  are amounts paid by a defendant as part of a settlement before final judgment is reached. It can help with immediate costs and ease the financial burden on an injured person where, for example, he or she is unable to work.

M

Mild brain injury

Mild brain injury  is usually defined as a brief period of unconsciousness or concussion.

Moderate brain injury

Moderate brain injury  is usually defined as loss of consciousness of between 15 minutes and 6 hours or a period of post traumatic amnesia of up to 24 hours.

Motor cortex

The  motor cortex  is a part of the brain affecting planning of voluntary movements.

N

Neuropsychologists

Neuropsychologists  are experts trained to assess and treat changes in intellectual skills, emotions and behaviour as a result of brain injury.

O

Occipital lobes

The  occipital lobes  are the visual processing centre of the brain located at the back of the cerebral hemispheres.

Occupational therapists

Occupational therapists  are experts trained to assess and treat physical and psychiatric conditions using specific, purposeful activity to prevent disability and promote independent function in all aspects of daily life.

P

Physiotherapists

Physiotherapists  are experts trained to help and restore movement and normal body function in cases of illness, injury and disability.

Post-traumatic amnesia

Post-traumatic amnesia  is a period after loss of consciousness following a traumatic brain injury where there is no memory of day to day events that occur after the injury.

R

Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation  simply means the methods used to enhance and improve a person’s recovery after head injury.

Rehabilitation Code of Conduct

The  Rehabilitation Code of Conduct  is a code of practice to encourage insurers and personal injury lawyers to work together to consider the wider needs of an injured person at the earliest practical moment.

Retrograde amnesia

Retrograde amnesia  is a loss of memory of events prior to traumatic brain injury.

S

Sensory cortex

The  sensory cortex  is located in the middle part of the brain and receives information from the spinal cord about the sense of touch, pressure, pain and the perception of the position of body parts and their movement.

Severe traumatic brain injury

Severe traumatic brain injury  is usually defined as an unconscious state of 6 hours or more or Post-traumatic amnesia of 24 hours or more.

Speech and language therapists

Speech and language therapists  are experts who assess and treat speech, language and communication problems to enable a person to communicate to the best of their ability.

V

Vestibular

The  vestibular  is an area in the middle ear responsible for sensing movement, damage to which can cause dizziness.

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