Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Amnesia

Where clients suffer a brain injury, the severity of the injury is an important factor in determining how well they will recover and how much compensation they may be entitled to claim.

The severity of a brain injury is generally assessed by considering the assessment of the state of consciousness at the scene using the Glasgow Coma Score or GCS, any later brain scans which may or may not show damage, and also the period of post traumatic amnesia which a patient suffers after the injury.

Post Traumatic Amnesia (PTA) is where after a head injury, the patient suffers with a period of confusion, disorientation and memory loss until the return of continuous memory. This state can last for a few moments, a few minutes or days and weeks.

PTA comes to an end when the person has continuous memories of events.

When we take instructions from clients, they often tell us that they were knocked unconscious after an accident, and they may be right. What they are actually reporting is a gap in their memory. This may be made up of a period of unconsciousness and a period of PTA.

After a brain injury, the person may appear to be conscious and awake, they may be able to answer questions put to them, but later they will have no memory of the conversation.

We understand the impact that brain injury can have upon you

In a recent case settled by Levenes, our client had PTA after the accident. He was hit by a bus and knocked to the ground. He was confused and combative as he was not sure what was happening. Unusually, we got to see for ourselves exactly how he was behaving because the paramedics who attended him were being followed by a TV crew. The interaction between the paramedics and our client was filmed and so we were able to show it to our client and neurology expert later.

Despite the fact that our client was apparently unconscious, he had no memory of the conversations he had with the ambulance crew at the scene. His first memory was a brief memory inside the ambulance, but he had no memory of arriving at the hospital or being taken into the hospital to be assessed by the doctors. His continuous memories started from a conversation when he was in a hospital bed and a nurse asked him if he wanted to inform anyone that he had been in an accident.

All this evidence helped the neurologist to make an assessment of how severe his brain injury was.

Thankfully, he made a good recovery and after a period off convalescence, he was able to return to work.

Of course, in most cases, there is no footage of the injured person being treated at the scene, but we always obtain the paramedics records as they will note down whether the client appeared to be dazed, or confused or able to say exactly what happened to them and record in their notes the Glasgow Coma Score.

The ambulance records will tell us what time the 999 call was made and also what time the paramedics actually attended to the patient. If for example, it took 10 minutes to arrive at the scene and the client has a clear and continuous memory of the paramedics arriving, then that would indicate that the period of PTA is less than 10 minutes.

It is also important when trying to assess those early hours after the accident, to take statements from loved ones who can recount conversations with the client which perhaps the client is unable to recall due to their head injury.

The Claimant in this case was represented by Partner, Tim Beasley, assisted by Andreea Martin, Paralegal.

Serious Personal Injury Lawyers

Levenes are specialist solicitors experienced in dealing with brain injury cases and are in the Headway Solicitors Directory, recognised by that leading brain injury charity for their expertise in brain injury cases.

We understand the impact that brain injury can have upon you

Our specialist brain and head injury solicitors have been successful in some of the most complex brain injury claims. Levenes expert brain and head injury solicitors really understand how serious this type of injury can be and the many problems people suffer.

You will need expert advice on what action you can take to obtain accident compensation. You can trust in the experience and knowledge of our team of professional serious injury lawyers to ensure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation that you are entitled to.

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Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Amnesia

29 Apr 2022Road Traffic Accident

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