This article was published on June 6th, 2018
At Thorneycroft Solicitors our specialist catastrophic injury team works closely with our clients, medical professionals and the negligent party involved in an accident to ensure that our clients get the support, treatment and damages they are due.
Our team have helped clients achieve the maximum amount of treatment for a wide range of injuries including serious brain injuries.
A serious brain injury can have devastating consequences, both for the person who has sustained the injury and their family.
Whilst our team offer as much support as they can alongside the medical professionals who provide the treatment to those affected, charitable organisations offer an invaluable service in helping victims of a serious brain injury begin and continue their rehabilitation and educating both them, their friends and family about the next stages of life after a brain injury.
One such charitable organisation who we are proud to support and work with is Headway – the brain injury association.
Headway is a UK-wide charity that focuses on improving and enriching the lives of those who have suffered a brain injury.
The charity was initially registered in 1980 and in 1991 HRH Diana, Princess of Wales became a patron, a position which her son HRH Prince Harry has continued. When Headway opened their new premises in 2013, HRH Prince Harry made it his first solo engagement.
Since its conception Headway’s mission has been to improve life after brain injury.
Today, Headway now has over 125 groups across the UK, providing life-changing support to the victims of brain injury and their loved ones.
One of Headway’s key objectives is to not only help with the rehabilitation of brain injury victims but to educate and raise awareness about the issue as well.
They have published several educational resources aimed at educating individuals and organisations about acquired brain injuries including traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) tumours, strokes, and brain haemorrhages.
You can browse their library of educational resources by clicking here.
Headway boasts over 100 groups, and the charity has both local and national branches. The local and national branches of the charity can help those who have suffered a brain injury by facilitating various rehabilitation programmes and establishing a support network for the injured party and their loved ones.
The charity also offers support and advice to carers and can assist individuals with their social reintegration, this is particularly beneficial to victims of a brain injury who are struggling with psychological issues following their accident.
Each branch of the charity will endeavour to give each brain injury victim the care and support they need, however, their services vary from one centre to another due to their location and resources.
Those who suffer a brain injury can face very serious financial implications in the aftermath of their accident. Brain injuries can often mean that the victim can face an extended period of time off work whilst they undertake rehabilitative treatment or they may not be able to return to work at all.
In order to alleviate some of the financial pressure in the immediate aftermath of their accident, the charity set up the Headway Emergency Fund to help ease the financial burden for adults who have acquired a brain injury. The Emergency Fund issues grants of up to £500 to help with living costs and other financial commitments.
Anyone in the UK who has suffered a brain injury is eligible to apply for one of Headway’s grants.
If you’d like to learn more about the Headway Emergency Fund click here.
As well as the various locations that the charity carries out incredible work, they also have a helpline for those who need advice or support without having to attend one of the charity’s branches.
The helpline which is open from 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, is free and confidential and is open to anyone who has a question about brain injuries, whether they have acquired one or not.
The helpline is run by a team of medical professionals which is comprised of trained nurses and non-clinical staff who will put your mind at ease regarding any aspect of brain injuries.
They will also share their advice and direct you to your nearest Headway branch should wish to see someone in person.
However, whilst the advisors on the helpline will endeavour to do all they can to help, they won’t be able to give medical advice or legal advice, although they will be able to direct you to the correct people or organisations that can help with your issue.
You can contact the Headway helpline by calling 0808 800 2244.
We know that the aftermath of acquiring a catastrophic brain injury can be an extremely overwhelming and traumatic time. Our specialist serious injury team can help you secure the best possible rehabilitative treatment as well as the compensation you deserve.
Whilst we understand that each brain injury claim will be different, we recognise that the health and well-being of the brain injury victim should be considered first and foremost.
If this means that intermediate payments will be needed to ensure the best possible patient care, our team will do all they can to secure the necessary payments.
Our specialist team are nationally renowned for helping our clients with every aspect of their brain injury claim including injuries sustained at birth.
We also work with charitable organisations including Headway, in order to establish the support network that can prove vital for a brain injury victim.
If you would like to discuss your potential serious injury claim with a member of our team, you can call us for free today on 0800 1979 345 or you can complete our online enquiry form and a member of our team will call you back to arrange an appointment at a time that’s more suitable for you.