Introduction to Brain Injury Compensation
Brain Injury is usually divided into two categories. The first – “traumatic brain injury” – is the type of brain injury that you get when you bang your head in a fall or road traffic accident for example. It can also occur when an object pierces the skull and damages the brain tissue. The level of brain injury that you sustain usually reflects the severity of the trauma you experienced, and can range from minor concussion (Stage 1 Mild Traumatic Brain Injury) to a long term coma.
The second category of brain injury is “acquired brain injury” – an injury which may – among other reasons – occur at birth when the brain is starved of oxygen during the delivery process. Although usually diagnosed as cerebral palsy, no two birth acquired brain injuries are identical, and the symptoms of acquired brain injury can be modest or life-changing. Irrespective of which type of brain injury you, or a loved one, have sustained, when that injury has been caused by the negligence of another party, you are entitled to sue for brain injury compensation.
Typical Brain Injuries
There is a very long list of potential symptoms you could experience when you have sustained a brain injury. The most obvious indication that you have received a brain injury is when you have been knocked unconscious, but other indicators would include vomiting, dizziness, confusion, headaches and blurred vision. Children who are born with acquired brain injury could display speech and language problems, suffer from memory loss or be late in behavioural development.
Secondary brain injury is the indirect result of the initial traumatic brain injury. It occurs long after the primary damage has been done to the brain and is caused by insufficient blood flow, oxygen supply or the brain swelling as a result of the primary injury. Secondary brain injury explains the deterioration of an accident victim after they have been admitted to hospital, and is the reason for most brain injury fatalities. Obviously, the extent of the brain injury – rather than what caused it – will determine the level of brain injury compensation you receive.
What to do After a Brain Injury
After any accident in which you sustain a blow to the head it is vital that you seek urgent medical attention. Because of the risk of secondary brain injury after the initial trauma, it is also important that somebody accompanies you to the accident and emergency department of your local hospital in the event that an ambulance is not summoned. When a child has been injured, having a medical examination immediately after a brain injury might prevent future development issues and lifelong handicaps.
There are many post traumatic issues associated with brain injury, and it is important that your health is your primary focus. Therefore, you should engage a solicitor at the earliest possible stage when your brain injury is the result of somebody else´s lack of care, in order that they may pursue a claim for brain injury compensation on your behalf while you concentrate on your recovery.
Brain Injury Compensation Solicitors
Brain injury compensation solicitors are legal experts who are aware of the secondary issues relating to traumatic brain injury and will include any care or therapy you require in a brain injury claim. They will also use expert medical advisors to help them prepare the strongest possible brain injury compensation claim, irrespective of whether they are claiming for traumatic brain injury compensation for a road traffic accident victim, or acquired brain injury compensation for a toddler who suffered birth asphyxia at the time of their birth.
Because of the potential for a substantial brain injury compensation settlement, it is in your best interests to use an expert solicitor who will be able to support you fully if litigation is required, or handle approaches from insurance companies who have an inappropriate offer of early settlement for your brain injury compensation claim. You may have to rely on the settlement for your financial security for the rest of your life, so it is important your brain injury compensation claim is handled by the best equipped person to do so.
No Win, No Fee Brain Injury Compensation
If you would like to find out more about brain injury compensation, you are invited to call our “No Win, No Fee” injury claims advice service on 0800 044 3253. This service enables you to discuss your brain injury – or that of a loved one – with an experienced solicitor, establish that you are entitled to make a brain injury claim and find out how much brain injury compensation you could receive. You are under no obligation to proceed with a claim for brain injury compensation once you have spoken with us.
Our lines are open seven days a week, from 8.00am in the morning until 10.00pm at night and all calls to our free injury claims advice service are naturally confidential. If now is not a good time to speak with us, please enter your contact details in the call-back box at the side of the page and one of our helpful team will get back in touch with you. You have nothing to lose by contact our “No Win, No Fee” claims advice service” and finding out about your entitlement to claim brain injury compensation.