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This article was published on December 14th, 2021
Suffering from a catastrophic injury is something that we never imagine will happen in our lifetime but unfortunately, life can be unpredictable and major head injuries do happen. Every year around 350,000 people are admitted to the hospital with some form of brain injury.
Whilst we know that compensation may not be the first thing on your mind after an accident, our specialist solicitors work incredibly hard to not only get the highest possible compensation settlement but also to ensure you get access to the possible rehabilitative treatment to aid your recovery.
An acquired brain injury is an injury that occurred after birth. They can vary in severity from mild to moderate to severe.
A mild head injury is defined as a slight disruption of brain function. You may suffer from a short period of loss of consciousness and a headache or dizziness.
A moderate head injury can result in a brief period of unconsciousness lasting fifteen minutes or less. You may also suffer from headaches, dizziness, vomiting, confusion or brief periods of memory loss as a result of a moderate head injury.
A severe head injury can result in a prolonged period of unconsciousness for six hours or more. It may also lead to aggressive or irrational behaviour and seizures and you would likely need to be hospitalised.
There are many ways that you can acquire a brain injury. Some common brain injuries and their causes include:
Road traffic accidents are responsible for several different types of head injuries. During a car accident, the head is often jolted forwards and then backwards following an impact, depending on the severity of the impact will depend on the brain injury. A concussion is likely to occur when the brain receives trauma from the impact however if the brain is violently shaken inside the skull the brain injury can be more severe.
Brain injuries can also be caused by medical problems such as a brain tumour or a stroke. Both brain tumours and the treatment used to shrink the tumour can cause a brain injury dependant on the area. A stroke can also lead to a major brain injury, the longer the flow of blood is stopped to the brain the greater potential there is for a long-term brain injury.
We usually associate a fall with a minor injury but the severity of the fall will depend on the level of injury and falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries. A fall from height is more likely to result in a major head injury because the head will often hit the ground with significant impact often causing bleeding on the brain and swelling.
We recognise that whilst it is important that you receive the compensation that you deserve, rehabilitation is also essential in the wake of an accident that causes a major head injury. This is why we have chosen to work with a selection of charities throughout the claims process as well as after the settlement has been achieved.
We are proud to work with The Brain Rehabilitation Trust, Headway and The Brain and Spinal Injury Centre to offer specialist support and services to our clients to help aid their natural recovery.
The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) is a charity dedicated to providing support to those who have suffered a brain injury. They focus on providing rehabilitation in real-life settings such as shopping and travelling on public transport.
Headway is a charity that works to improve the lives of those who have suffered a brain injury. They provide essential rehabilitation as well as vital support and information services.
The Brain and Spinal Injury Centre is a charity that provides services and support to those who are recovering from acquired brain injury and spinal injury by providing a range of rehabilitative treatments to assist them and their loved ones.
Here at Thorneycroft, our catastrophic injury solicitors understand both the complex rehabilitation process and the importance of assessing the potential future needs that a brain injury compensation claim needs to take into account. Every aspect of a client’s claim will be thoroughly assessed and investigated. Our team will provide the necessary support for you and your family to guide you through the process and to ensure the best possible outcome.
If you have suffered from a head injury that wasn’t your fault, get in touch today by calling 0800 1979345 or by filling out our simple enquiry form.