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This article was published on June 4th, 2018
There has been some great news for victims who have suffered brain injuries as well as their families, as Brain Injury charities including Headway – the brain injury association, are calling on the government to provide better long-term support for brain injury victims and their families.
As well as increased support, Brain Injury charities are also lobbying the Government to introduce more specialised means testing for state benefits.
At present, the policies around benefits can see individuals being constantly reassessed to decide work capability and which benefits are right for them. For those who have suffered a brain injury who must rely on benefits in their everyday life, this process can add stress and anxiety to an already traumatic and stressful situation for people who are already vulnerable.
The issue was discussed on the ‘Today’ show on Radio 4, where a reporter discussed the impact of a brain injury with an injured party who struggles with memory issues and brain fatigue as well as a Headway representative.
To listen to the full discussion click here and skip to 2 hours 50 minutes.
This development expands on Headway’s ‘Right First Time’ campaign which focuses on the inadequacies of PIP and ESA assessments for individuals with a brain injury, which is set to be debated in Parliament.
In the UK it’s estimated 300,000 people are admitted to hospital each year with a brain injury. Whilst some injuries prove fatal, those who survive can often be left with a wide variety of long-term impacts both on their own life and the lives of their family and friends.
Here at Thorneycroft Solicitors our approach has always, and will always be to do more than handle your brain injury claim. We will also be there to support the client and their family throughout the claims process and beyond.
We have seen first hand that it’s not only the victims of a brain injury that need help and support but also their family and friends too. As well as helping with financial support by securing compensation, our team ensures the family and loved ones of those affected receive the help and support they need as well.
On our initial involvement, we will give the family of the brain injury victim an overview of the claims process including how we can assist with liaising with insurance companies and medical professionals. We also make ourselves available to answer any questions whether they relate to a legal matter or an update on the rehabilitation of their loved one.
We also believe that ensuring the client gets the rehabilitation they need doesn’t mean the end of our responsibility. We will continue to stay involved with the client to make sure that their care is administered in the right way and that the correct processes are followed. This can often mean that we make sure we receive quarterly updates from the client’s case manager, and ensure that immediate needs assessments are carried out if necessary.
If you or a loved one have been affected by a brain injury, then our team are here for you.
To speak to a member of our team for free, please call 0800 1979 345 or complete our online enquiry form.