Traumatic brain injury / intracranial injury

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 0203 816 0065 for free initial advice or complete our online enquiry form and we will contact you directly.

 

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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
  • Disability
  • Paralysis
  • Coma
  • Death

What are the different types of traumatic brain injury / intracranial 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

Making a compensation claim for a traumatic brain injury / intracranial 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.

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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 0203 816 0065 for free initial advice or fill out our online enquiry form and someone will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

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