22 October 2014
Brain Injury Compensation Explained
One of the potentially most upsetting and also serious injuries which someone can suffer is a brain injury. This might be caused through, for example, a road traffic accident, something falling on someone’s head in an accident at work or even medical negligence.
But whatever the cause, brain injury can have enormous and far reaching effects on people’s lives. Brain injury symptoms can range from headaches to loss of consciousness and psychological effects such as depression or change of personality on top of a variety of physical effects.
One of the real difficulties with brain injuries is assessing the extent of these effects. A loss of a leg is just that. But with a brain injury the effects can be much more subtle and sometimes much harder to identify.
What this means is that it can be of great help to get assessments from medical experts such as Consultant Neurologists who are particularly experienced in treating brain injury cases and are sensitive to the nuances of these often life changing injuries.
But even once the extent of the brain injury has been established, it is then necessary to show that this has caused particular losses. For example, a person claiming for brain injury compensation may have suffered from a personality change which led to his/her being unable to hold down their job.
It may be argued in some brain injury compensation disputes that the same claimant would have lost their job even if the injury hadn’t occurred. Again, this is something which needs to be dealt with very carefully and for which the evidence would need to be gathered to cover all bases.
Beyond all the various complications of running a brain injury compensation case, perhaps the biggest difficulty with a brain injury claim is simply that the injury can be so very upsetting for those involved. People can often feel helpless and unable to know where to turn. Worse still, at the one time of their life when they most need some stability, they might find that their job and means of support disappear and that their relationships come under particular pressure.
This is where remedies such as Interim Payments can at least help to mitigate the effects. These are payments which the Court can order in appropriate Serious Injury cases in order to help a claimant through the difficult times even before the case has been concluded.
Interim Payments usually help to pay bills and may also help, for example, with rehabilitation aids for the particular disability in question.
Above all, brain injury compensation cases are complex and require both legal expertise and great sensitivity to the very specific struggles of the individual person involved.
For a free consultation call Slater and Gordon Lawyers 24 hours 7 days a week on freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online and we’ll be happy to help you.
Related blog: Serious Injury Compensation Explained.
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