Each year in England and Wales, 1.4 million people visit the Accident and Emergency department of a hospital with a head / brain injury, often as the result of a traumatic event such as a road traffic accident, a fall, sports injury or other significant incident.
The severity and impact of traumatic brain injuries vary significantly, and the effects can be lifechanging, not only for the injured party but also for their family, friends and loved ones. Whilst many of those affected by a brain injury will go on to make a full recovery, those who sustain the most severe injuries will require long term care and support.
What are the signs / symptoms of brain injury?
In many cases, a head or brain injury may not be obvious or apparent in the days following an accident and in some instances the person may not be aware that they have suffered a brain injury. It may be that those around them begin to notice changes in their behaviour, mood or actions. Whilst these changes may be subtle, such as the need to be reminded of key dates, the volume on the television being turned up or a shift from being the ‘life and soul of the party’ to lacking motivation to leave the house, injuries can have a significant impact on lifestyle and wellbeing. At Price Slater Gawne, we understand how life altering these changes can be for all those involved.
It may take a matter of days or weeks to notice the signs of a brain injury as other, more visible injuries may appear more serious, medication could be masking the symptoms or being used as the reason for the symptoms. However, this might not be the case.
Whilst this is by no means an exhaustive list, signs of brain injury may include:
- Difficulty concentrating on things such as watching a film and not following the plot
- Memory problems – such as forgetting conversations, appointments, what you went to the shops for
- Communication difficulties – forgetting words in conversations, not being able to express yourself properly
- Problems making decisions – difficulty in working things out
- Difficulties with your executive functions, struggling to plan and organise things
- Fatigue, feeling tired during the day
- Loss of motivation – at work, at home or with hobbies
- A change in your taste and/or smell – not being able to taste or smell things (or reduced), or things tasting/smelling different or going off certain foods/drinks.
- Sensitivity to light – avoiding bright lights, fluorescent lights, needing to draw the curtains or wear sunglasses when you are out
- Sensitivity to sounds – needing to turn the TV up or down
- Dizziness / balance problems
- Ringing in your ears (tinnitus)
- Sexual difficulties
- Feeling depressed
- Mood swings – being angry
If you believe that you or a loved one has been affected by a head / brain injury, it is vital that medical advice is sought.
What rehabilitation is available following a brain injury?
Following a brain injury, there is a wide range of rehabilitative care that can be sought aligned to the injuries you or your loved one have sustained. This may involve both physical and psychological rehabilitation.
There is a wide range of private rehabilitation services that can help and assist. Obtaining the most beneficial treatment for the injured person and their family has to be carefully considered. Early Rehabilitation will be a key aspect of providing the best opportunity of recovery for both physical and psychological changes encountered as a result of the injuries and to support you in adapting to changes in circumstances. It is important that your solicitor understands rehabilitation and how to access it and obtain the funds from the other party to fund it. Here at Price Slater Gawne, our solicitors have extensive experience in handling head and brain injury cases.
Why should I speak to a brain injury / serious injury lawyer?
The law surrounding head and brain injury claims is complex and requires specialist knowledge, experience and understanding to navigate, taking into account the severity of the injury, the consequences of this and the impact on both the injured party’s and their loved one’s way of life.
At Price Slater Gawne, we have a wealth of experience of working with clients who have acquired brain injuries. We pride ourselves on understanding the needs of our clients and implementing early rehabilitation to gain the maximum amount of recovery. – We focus on identifying what steps can be taken to assist clients in maintaining or regaining independence, to ensure that they are able to continue to pay their household bills and in achieving their ambitions and goals for the future; a focus on which is often of paramount importance.
We also have a specialist Court of Protection team who can assist with deputyship enquiries including acting as professional deputy in the most severe cases.
Is your lawyer a brain injury specialist?
At Price Slater Gawne, our Serious Injury solicitors are specialists in brain injury. We understand the importance of exploring the wider implications and effects of the injury sustained in order to identify the most appropriate rehabilitative care programme. We work not only with the injured party and their loved ones, but a panel of specialist experts who can explore the full extent of the injuries sustained and how this has impacted upon relationships and the family unit.
Having a wealth of experience of working with clients who have sustained traumatic brain injuries, we understand the concerns faced by the individual and those around them. We can assist you with all the questions that are running through your mind… how are we going to pay the mortgage?, will I recover?, will I be able to return to the same job?, etc…
At Price Slater Gawne, we are experienced in working with clients who have sustained such injuries and the best course of action to take in order to reach the best outcome in relation to rehabilitation. When considering a solicitor following an serious incident, ensure you consider a brain injury specialist; someone who understands the breadth and depth of your injuries.