13 September 2016
Life After Brain Injury: Paralympian Sean Highdale Goes For Gold
Former Liverpool FC starlet, Sean Highdale, is representing Great Britain at the Paralympics in Rio – one of many inspiring stories, which give hope to survivors of serious brain injuries.
In 2008 when Sean was 17, he was critically injured in a road traffic accident, suffering a brain injury which has since caused mobility issues, as well as broken bones and the loss of a kidney. The accident also claimed the lives of two of his close friends, leaving another in a coma.
At the time of the accident, Sean was captain of the Liverpool U18s team. He trained full time at the Liverpool FC Academy under a professional contract and had also represented England at U16s level.
But over the past few years, through rehabilitation, Sean’s condition has improved and he has now been selected to play for the British cerebral palsy seven-a-side football team, inspiring many who have suffered brain injuries to pursue their dreams of playing sport.
Of the accident, he told the London Evening Standard: “I survived. And I have a lot to be positive about.”
“I dedicate my selection to everyone who was close to me, who helped me through the tough times and my two friends who sadly died. I want to pay them all back and say thank you.”
Road to Recovery: Brain Injury Compensation Claims
The brain injury solicitors at Slater and Gordon have extensive experience in pursuing legal action on behalf of people whose lives have been affected by brain injuries.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers represented Sean in a road traffic accident claim, resulting in a seven-figure settlement to compensate for the potential earnings he may have gone on to achieve in his career.
In a case like Sean’s, a serious injury compensation claim can help cover the costs of rehabilitation and any medical support and care requirements.
Sometimes serious injury claims can take years to conclude. However, the law recognises that the injured person often requires early access to some of their compensation in order to fund their rehabilitation needs such as specialist equipment, care and support and adaptations to their home.
For information on how payments work following a serious injury, please see: How do Payments Work After a Medical Negligence Claim?
Jennifer Maloney is a brain injury solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Manchester.
The specialist personal injury lawyers at Slater and Gordon are experts in helping people with road traffic accident compensation claims and guiding them to brighter outcomes.
For a free consultation, call us 24/7 on freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online and we’ll be happy to help you.