Making a compensation claim for a traumatic brain injury
No matter which type of intracranial injury or other form of brain damage you, your child or loved one has been diagnosed with, if it was avoidable you may be entitled to compensation to help you cope with the situation. Claiming compensation can help with things you hadn’t financially prepared for, such as medical appointments, equipment for your home, travel expenses, prolonged periods off work and so on.
What is a traumatic brain injury?
A traumatic brain injury is usually the outcome of a sudden, forceful blow or jolt to the head. When this happens, the brain can hit the inside of the skull, which can result in bleeding, bruising or even the tearing of nerve fibres within the brain.
The severity of traumatic brain injuries can vary greatly depending on a number of factors, such as which part of the brain has been affected, if it happened in a precise area of the brain and the amount of brain damage overall. Furthermore, when determining the severity of a traumatic brain injury, the short and long term impact must also be considered.
What are the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury / intracranial injury?
With mild traumatic brain injuries, symptoms may only include a headache and short-term confusion. Although ‘traumatic brain injury’ sounds very severe, this is a broad category covering a variety of head injuries. Serious traumatic brain injuries can include symptoms such as:
- Loss of consciousness
- Loss of memory
What are the different types of traumatic brain injury?
There are numerous types of traumatic brain injury, including, but not limited to:
What is the process of making a claim with Stephensons?
Stephensons will initially take full details of your accident and injury and then submit your claim to the other side. If the other side accepts responsibility for the accident, Stephensons will proceed to obtain medical evidence, along with evidence in support of your financial losses, with a view to valuing your claim and attempting to reach settlement.
If liability for the accident is disputed, Stephensons will investigate the reasons for this and, if we are satisfied that the denial of liability can be overcome, we will proceed to gather all of the evidence required to proceed to a court hearing, if settlement cannot be reached. However, it is often still possible to reach settlement even when liability for the accident is denied. Stephensons are not afraid to tackle these difficult cases.
If you have been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury and would like expert legal advice about making a claim, please contact Stephensons today on 01616 966 229 or fill out our online enquiry form and someone will get in touch with you as soon as possible.
Traumatic Brain Injury FAQs
How many people have TBI?
Every year in England and Wales, an average of 1.4 million people are admitted to accident and emergency with a head injury. There are many different types of brain injury and traumatic brain injury (TBI) symptoms can differ depending on the type of injury a person has suffered. If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury that was not your fault, you may also be entitled to compensation. Getting the best possible advice at such a traumatic time is paramount, and we can help. Contact our team today.
What causes TBI?
From falls to collisions in sport, traumatic brain injury can occur as a result of a number of different accidents. In most cases TBI is caused by a sudden jolt or blow to the head. The collision of brain and skull then results in bruising and damage to the brain. The most common causes of TBI are falls, gunshot wounds, physical aggression and road traffic accidents. The severity of traumatic brain injury symptoms depend on what part of the brain is injured and the extent of the damage.
Who is at highest risk for TBI?
There is a higher risk of TBI for males than females with the very young (under four years old) and the elderly thought to be at the highest risk. Of course, those who play contact sports or have a physical, potentially dangerous, job are also at higher risk of traumatic brain injury. The main symptoms of traumatic brain injuries include an affected memory that may result in an inability to remember the event that caused the injury or the 24 hours after it happened, headaches, blurry vision, dizziness as well as nausea and vomiting. In severe cases, a sufferer of a traumatic brain injury may also experience a loss of consciousness for anything between a few moments to several days. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or know someone that is, it’s important that you seek medical help immediately.
What happens during a traumatic brain injury?
A traumatic brain injury is characterised by trauma to the skull and is not caused by an internal injury such as a tumour or a stroke. Therefore, it is possible to suffer a TBI and not actually lose consciousness. TBIs are often categorised by two types of brain injury; closed or open head injury. A classic example of an open head injury would be a gunshot wound to the head and an example of a closed could be one that occurs as the result of a car or other motor vehicle crash. Either way, if you or a loved one has suffered a TBI as a result of an accident you might be entitled to compensation and should contact Stephensons today.
How long does it take to recover from a traumatic brain injury?
Depending on the type of traumatic brain injury that is suffered a complete and full recovery might not be possible. It is difficult to say exactly how long a person could take to potentially recover from a traumatic brain injury as every case is different and really depends on the individual. Whilst it is possible for the brain to heal, it is likely that there will be some permanent long-term damage, in both mild and severe cases.
Is a traumatic brain injury permanent?
With so many different types of brain injury, it’s difficult to say whether or not a traumatic brain injury will be permanent. From mild, open head wounds to traumatic closed head injuries, some cases are a lot more severe than others. Yes, in severe cases, a traumatic brain injury can be permanent resulting in both physical, mental impairment and even death, in other cases, a full recovery can be possible.