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A traumatic brain injury or more specifically an intracranial injury, is when an external force injures the brain. You may have heard the phrase a ‘blunt force trauma to the head’, if a person is, for example, in a car accident and hits their head particularly hard, this could result in a traumatic brain injury.
If you, or someone you know has been in an accident and diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury, you may want to seek professional legal advice to find out if you are entitled to claim compensation. If you would like to speak to one of our legal specialists contact us today on 01616 966 229 or complete our online enquiry form and we will contact you directly.
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 brian injury 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. Brain injury claims can also provide you and your family with a sense of justice being done for what happened to you.
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:
- Brain trauma
- Caput succedaneum
- Cephalohematoma (brain trauma in new-born babies)
- Subgaleal haemorrhage
- Subdural haemorrhage
- Subarachnoid haemorrhage
- Epidural haemorrhage
What is the process of making a serious brain injury 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 traumatic brain injury 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 brain injury compensation claims.
If you have been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury and would like expert legal advice about making a claim for head injury compensation, 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.
What is the average settlement for traumatic brain injury?
As every traumatic brain injury is different and the circumstances of your claim will be unique to you, it’s not straightforward to determine an average settlement for successful traumatic brain injury compensation claims.
The amount of compensation you receive for a successful claim will be dependent on a number of things, such as the severity of your injury and whether you need special care and home adaptations, both now and into the future.
Furthermore, if your ability to work is also affected, this will be taken into consideration when your compensation is being decided.
If you aren't to blame for your injury, we will be able to help you claim compensation to cope with the life changing impact the brain injury has had on your life.
How we can help
Traumatic brain injury claims can be far more complex than many of the more common personal injury claims – but here at Stephensons, our legal experts know how and when to handle such cases differently. We can help in making a brain injury claim as our solicitors have years of experience in this area of law.
With claiming severe brain injury compensation, the process can be quite complex as it is vital that we evaluate the magnitude of your injuries in order to determine the necessary amount of compensation. For example, sometimes you may be able to recover from a brain injury of this type and sometimes this will not be the case. The amount of compensation can vary, depending on your long-term prognosis.
Why choose our traumatic brain injury solicitors?
Our team are very experienced in brain injury compensation claims and our specialist expertise in claims like this over many years means that we have access to some of the country’s top independent medical experts. We always aim to negotiate the largest possible amount of head injury compensation for our clients.
We will be with you at every stage of the serious head injury compensation claim process, helping to ensure that you always know what to expect next and are up to date with the progress of your claim at all times.
If you would like to speak to one of our legal experts about what has happened to you or find out more about serious brain injury claims, contact our solicitors today on 0161 696 6235 or fill out our online enquiry form.
It is our business to deliver legal services that work for our clients, and you can trust our specialists to take care of things on your behalf.
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