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Each year, around 350,000 people are admitted to hospital with acquired brain injury due to a range of difference causes - that's more than 500 people for every 100,000 of the UK population, according to brain injury charity Headway.
The figure equates to nearly 1,000 new cases every day, or a brain injury hospital admission roughly every 90 seconds. Total cases of brain injury are up 10% since 2005 and most affect men, but female brain injuries are up 16% over the same period.
Causes of 'non-superficial' acquired brain injury, or ABI, range from illnesses like stroke and brain tumours, to physical head injuries and severe concussions - if you have been the victim of a head injury due to somebody else's negligence, you might want to check our Head Injury Claims page for more information.
Living with Brain Damage
Brain damage ranges in severity, but almost always has a significant and often devastating effect on the injured party's quality of life. In the worst cases, it can also affect family members' lifestyles if they are forced to take time off work or become a permanent carer.
If you have been affected by a brain injury - either as the victim yourself, or as a friend or family member - Grieves Solicitors can help you to decide whether you have a strong case to make a brain damage compensation claim, and can support you throughout the claim process.
We welcome all enquiries, whether you are already determined to go ahead with a brain injury compensation claim, or would like to find out more about the process and whether you have a strong case. E-mail us or call us on 0800 0747 644 and we will be happy to discuss the circumstances of your case.
Types of Brain Injury
Acquired Brain Injury, or ABI, is the term used for any brain injury that happens after birth - i.e. it is 'acquired' at any point later in life.
This can include incidents like stroke (especially haemorrhagic) and other interruptions of oxygen to the brain, like drowning, asphyxiation and smoke inhalation.
A smaller section of ABI is traumatic brain injury, where the cause is physical, for instance concussion, a skull fracture or other impact - these instances are often more clearly the fault of a third party, such as in assault or road traffic collisions.
Some brain damage occurs before or during birth, but this does not mean a third party is not to blame: medical negligence before or during labour can deprive the brain of oxygen, leading to unnecessary and lifelong brain damage.
Causes of Brain Injury
As mentioned, there are two main causes of brain damage, and it depends on whether the brain cells were directly impacted leading to physical trauma, or if they were starved of oxygen which caused them to die off.
Traumatic brain injury is often more likely to occur in a public place, for example in a car crash, or on a construction site or other workplace where an object may fall on your head, or you may fall on to a hard surface or sharp edge.
Brain damage due to being starved of oxygen can also occur in the workplace, in the presence of fumes or smoke, but is also often linked with medical negligence, for instance if you were not given enough oxygen during an operation or other medical procedure.
Brain Damage Effects
The symptoms and effects of brain damage can vary and are often invisible, as opposed to the physical disfigurement that can occur with head injuries.
Some of the more visible effects of brain damage include a lack of coordination, seizures, or partial paralysis such as the dropped facial muscles often associated with a severe stroke.
The less visible effects can be even more devastating, and can include abrupt personality changes, insomnia, memory loss - both short-term and long-term - and difficulties when processing logic and reasoning.
Can I Claim?
You don't have to be the person directly affected by the brain injury in order to make a claim. Third parties including family and close friends often have a case too, especially if you have been forced to act as a carer or to change your lifestyle or modify your home to adapt to the injured party's physical condition.
The financial compensation for a brain injury can be substantial, in recognition of how deeply distressing such cases can be, and the length of time it can take to recover - including cases in which full recovery is not possible.
Grieves Solicitors can help you from the very first step of the way, with general guidance and professional legal advice so that you understand the compensation claim process and whether it is the right decision for you to pursue a claim.
No Win, No Fee Brain Injury Claims
Nobody should have to face a financial risk when you have already suffered a life-changing event like brain damage, which is why Grieves Solicitors offer strictly no-win, no-fee brain injury claims, where you receive the full amount of compensation you are awarded.
We also provide you with broader support services, not only so that you understand the legal procedures and brain damage compensation claim process, but also by putting you in touch with charitable organisations like Headway, who are there for the victims of acquired brain injuries and their family and friends.
To Make a Claim
You can contact us immediately to start a claim or for all general enquiries about brain injury compensation claims and all of the personal injury claims Grieves Solicitors are able to handle - you may even be considering making multiple claims if you were involved in a traffic incident with several people in the car, for instance.
Whatever your personal circumstances, we will be happy to help you understand more about the process or start a brain injury compensation claim on your behalf. Remember we strictly offer no-win, no-fee brain damage claims, and you will receive 100% of any compensation awarded.
To find out more or to ask us anything about the process, fill out one of our online contact forms or call us on 0800 0747 644 and a member of our team will speak to you immediately or call you back at the first opportunity, so we can help you to make progress on your claim without delay.