Brain and Head Injury Claims
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. We recognise no two brain injury cases are alike and take time to understand each individual claim.
Comment from a recent client:
“I am really grateful that I instructed them to work on my personal injury case and I have now been awarded a substantial amount of compensation for my injuries and my financial losses. Levenes are also people who bring perfect family atmosphere, and after our journey they are like family to me.”
Providing top quality legal services for serious injury compensation claims for more than 30 years
We work very hard to get funds quickly from insurers so that our clients can get the treatment and rehabilitation they need. We put together a team of experts at the earliest possible stage, so that your recovery can be maximised.
Brain and Head Injury Compensation
A serious brain or head injury can have a big impact on a person’s quality of life and the wider family. If you or a loved one has suffered this type of injury, we can help you to secure compensation and rehabilitation support as quickly as possible.
Expert Brain Injury Help and Advice
We know the importance of investigating how a brain injury may have affected your life. Plus, how might you be affected in the future? Therapy, care and support designed to enable the brain injured person to adapt to their changed lifestyle is our priority.
As well as expert legal knowledge, brain injury claims require first class accident investigation and medical support. In most cases reports are obtained from neurologists and neuropsychologists. In other cases, neuropsychiatric assessment is required. Neuro-Occupational Therapists help with practical measures to adapt to brain injury. Physical problems such as weaknesses in the limbs can be helped with treatment from a Neuro-Physiotherapist. Speech and Language experts are also sometimes involved.
Whether you or someone close to you has suffered a brain injury contact us today and we’ll investigate your case thoroughly and advise you on what expertise we will need.
Headway are the leading charity who advise brain injured people and their families in the UK.
We are proud to have been associated with Headway for a number of years and listed in their Solicitors Directory. In order to be in their Directory, we have demonstrated to them our expertise and experience in handling brain injury claims.
Headway are a good resource for information and advice especially if you or a loved one has recently suffered a brain injury.
Effects of Brain Injury
Everyday things like planning and simple multi-tasking can become very difficult. Brain injury can lead to physical problems with grip, coordination, movement, balance, hearing, taste, smell and speech, along with cognitive impairment – how the brain processes information. Brain injury can also lead to changes in character, personality, and psychiatric problems as well as problems with memory and concentration.
We take for granted that we are able to live our busy lives thanks to our ability to plan and multitask. Brain injury can take away that ability, making the simplest of tasks, such as planning a meal, very difficult. These problems can put a huge strain on the ability to return to work, quality of life and relationships.
In many cases, brain injury causes a hidden disability which is not immediately obvious. You may walk by someone in the street and have no idea that they have suffered a brain injury. We understand all the issues that brain and head injury can create and how that can interfere in everyday life.
With you on Your Journey of Recovery
It is often said that recovery from brain injury is a journey.
Our specialist brain and head injury solicitors are here to go with you on that journey of recovery. We will be your guides on that journey helping you along the path to recovery.
How can we help you?
The NHS are there for everyone to provide urgent emergency treatment. After brain injury, there comes a time, when, in the experience of many brain injured people, the extra help and support that is essential to maximise recovery, is hard to find on the NHS. This is where we enable you to have access to leading experts who are tried and tested and who can deliver the best possible treatment.
We work with a large range of experts including:
• Occupational Therapists
• Case Managers
Although no two brain injuries are exactly the same, the experts in this field know what is required to help victims to recover as far as that is possible.
The funding for this comes from the insurer of the party who caused your injury. We work with them to ensure that the funds are released to pay for what you need.
We instruct experienced Brain Injury Case Managers to coordinate treatment and Therapy.
The role of case manager has developed in recent years when it was recognised that brain injured people need someone to arrange all their treatment and keep on track of everything. Using a case manager ensures a joined-up approach to therapy.
The case managers we work with are highly experienced and they work in our bests interests to achieve your goals.
Types of Brain Injuries
There are various classifications of brain injury commonly used in the medical profession, such as mild, moderate and severe. It is important for us to assess the severity of the injury but in practice, it is the consequences of the injury on everyday life that is most important.
There are different types of brain injury.
Sometimes a wide range of the functions of the brain are affected, whereas in some cases, a narrower range of functions are affected. How bad the injury is, can often be affected by which parts of the brain were damaged.
Here are some examples of the most common types of brain injury.
The word concussion is often used to describe what is probably the most common type of brain injury which occurs when the head is struck or shaken resulting in some bleeding inside the head. This typically causes headaches, often dizziness and nausea.
Thankfully, most injuries like this are not too serious, though neuroscientists advise that repeated concussions can be very serious.
Brain injury leading to physical disability
Some brain injuries are so severe that they prevent the brain from transmitting signal as to the muscles of the arms and legs.
When this sort of injury occurs, patients who had not suffered any direct physical injury to their limbs are likely to struggle to walk or use their hands effectively. This leads to muscle wasting and contraction of tendons. There are treatments that can be used but, in many cases, very severe physical disability results from the damage to the brain.
When bleeding accumulates inside the skull, it puts pressure on the brain.
Like any injury to any other part of the body, fluid collects in the brain when there is an injury. If you twist your ankle, it will swell. If you have bleeding inside your skull, there is nowhere for the swelling to go. The result of this can be a very dangerous secondary injury to the brain because the swelling puts pressure on the tissue of the brain and causes damage.
Doctors use medication to lower the pressure inside the head and often patients are put in to an induced coma. Surgery may be used to relieve the pressure by allowing the brain room to swell.
Diffuse axonal injury
This type of injury commonly occurs when the brain has been shaken or moved around inside the skull as a result of an impact. The tiny microscopic connections that link the brain together are called axons and when they are damaged, we call this an axonal injury. Diffuse axonal injury means that the damage is widespread.
Diffuse axonal injury cannot be seen on an XR, CT or an ordinary MRI scan, but it can be detected on a special more powerful MRI scanner which is set up to look for the tell-tale signs of this damage. Sadly, diffuse axonal injury is one of the most serious injuries as it affects the connections of the brain and makes many brain functions less efficient.
The mechanisms of the brain that enable us to walk in a straight line and not fall over, can be damaged when the head is struck, and this can cause significant ongoing problems of dizziness and vertigo.
Thankfully, this can often be treated quite well, though the symptoms are very disconcerting.
Anoxic brain injury
This sort of injury results from deprivation of oxygen, which can occur during birth, or as a result of near drowning or exposure to carbon monoxide.
Brain cells need oxygen to function and if there is not enough oxygen, brain cells die, and brain damage occurs.
Skull fractures occur as a result of blunt force or penetrative trauma.
The skull is remarkably strong and protects the brain very well, but sometimes the skull will fracture.
Often these fractures heal well, and the main concern is whether there was injury to the brain under the skull.
There is a risk of infection after skull fracture if bacteria are able to penetrate.
Frontal lobe injury
The frontal lobe of the brain is that part of the brain behind the forehead.
This part of the brain is responsible for many important functions such as planning and organising, emotional control, and many other normal traits of human behaviour.
The frontal lobe is so important that an injury to this part of the brain can often lead to multiple problems such as a complete change of personality and behaviours that are challenging to manage.
Why choose Levenes?
We work diligently for our clients to help them put their lives back together and at the same time obtain the maximum compensation. With us on your side, you can expect:
- Over 100 years of combined experience – We have proven results; we are lawyers who fight for you with a record of success.
- Strong litigators – We are not afraid to take your case to court if we have to. We stand up for the rights of the injured and not for the rights of the big corporations.
- Empathy – We pride ourselves on our compassion and understanding and we are easy to talk to. We always put your interest first and we treat you as our family.
- A personal approach – Your case will be handled directly by one our partners with support from our team of lawyers.
- A tailor-made approach – Every client is treated individually and not as a number, to achieve the best possible result that you deserve.
- Clear communication – We talk to you in a down to earth way. We avoid legal jargon unless it cannot be avoided, and if so, we explain things clearly and simply.
- Maximum compensation – We have the courage to fight for what you are entitled to.
- Full attention – We have the resources to focus on every detail of the case and consider every angle. We do not spread ourselves too thinly – you deserve our full attention.
Compensation for brain injury
Compensation can be claimed for pain, suffering and loss of amenity. The amount that is paid, depends on the nature and severity of the brain injury. Please click here to find out about brain injury compensation payouts UK.
As well as the above award, a claim can be made for all the consequences of the injury and this includes financial losses in the past and in the future.
Here are examples of the sorts of claims that can be made:
• Medical treatment
• Rehabilitation and therapy of various kinds
• Loss of earnings
• Care and assistance
• An adapted car
• Travel expenses
• Extra costs of going on holiday
• Adaptations to the home
• A case manager