Head Injury

Head injuries can result from any number of accidents – road traffic, sporting, work-related accidents, accidents in a public place, or as a result of an assault or of medical negligence.  Barratts Solicitors have years of experience acting for claimants who have suffered a head injury. Our Directors work closely with the charity Headway; Ed Myers and Debra Morris are both Chair of trustees of local Headway groups which support families coping with brain injury. In some instances, the injury may go completely unnoticed at first if  the brain damage is less severe. We have the skills to identify these issues which can be missed by less experienced solicitors.

Head injuries vary in severity and can involve a host of symptoms including:

  • short or long term memory loss
  • difficulties with speech, concentration and co-ordination
  • sensory difficulties with smell, hearing or vision
  • changes in personality and psychological difficulties
  • dizziness, and headaches
  • difficulties with planning and executive functioning
  • inhibition and lack of awareness/judgment
  • fatigue

This list is by no means exhaustive and some are more obvious than others.  Often it is those strange or unusual symptoms that just don’t make sense after an accident that are the key to identifying a head injury.

How head injury impacts the family

Suffering a head injury can be debilitating. Some people may struggle to maintain their pre-accident daily routine, others can lose their independence entirely. This can have a significant impact on the injured person’s family and friends. It is challenging for the injured person and those who care for them to come to terms with life after a head injury.

Rehabilitation

Starting your rehabilitation early can improve the recovery process and outcomes.  If you are severely injured, you may require treatment at a residential facility, or you might benefit from a range of activities as an out-patient. NHS rehabilitation resources are limited, but if the injury is the result of an accident then the insurer might fund the appropriate rehabilitation.Therapies which can be provided include:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech & Language Therapy
  • Cognitive, neurological or psychological therapy

Getting the right help

Our team of specialist head injury solicitors understand the subtleties of head and brain injuries and how they impact on the lives of the injured person and their family.  The majority of clients come to us as a result of personal recommendations and we are proud of our reputation. When people come to us they appreciate our sensitive approach and praise our knowledgeable, approachable and caring attitude.

We realise that head injuries can have a devastating financial impact on you and your family. Because of this, we do our best to get you early interim payments where possible which cover things such as loss of earnings, rehabilitation, care, and accommodation.

We can also put you in touch with a range of people and services to support your recovery.  We are members of the Brain Injury Group, a national network of dedicated brain injury lawyers and related professional services that provides a gateway to support, information and advice for brain injured people, their families and carers.  Our clients are able to access a range of services from advice on welfare benefits and financial matters to family relationships and finding specialist case managers.

Click here  http://www.braininjurygroup.co.uk/ to visit the Brain Injury Group website.

Headway Nottingham – Nottingham branch of Headway.

Headway Derby – Derby branch of Headway.

On your side

You need the best outcomes. We know that you will get these when we work as a team so we are happy to work as part of your multi-disciplinary support team.  We will liaise with the NHS, privately or publicly funded case managers, therapists, and charities such as Headway –in fact, anyone that is involved in your rehabilitation.

Advice

You need to be represented by a specialist solicitor who has experience of acting for people who have suffered a head injury. Only a specialist will have the knowledge and experience that will give you the best outcome. All of our personal injury team are highly experienced and recognised within their field.  For advice please contact one of our specialist solicitors, David Tomlinson, Ed Myers or Debra Morris. Please also see our Clinical Negligence department for brain injury caused by medical accident.

You can see the profiles of our team members by clicking here http://www.bgtsolicitors.co.uk/personal-injury-team/david-tomlinson-3/index.html
Our solicitors are members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and on the Law Society Panel for Personal Injury and/or Clinical Negligence.  We are also members of Headway and the Child Brain Injury Trust.  Ed Myers is one of the very few solicitors nationwide to hold both Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury Specialist accreditation with APIL.