Any injury can have life changing consequences, but brain injuries can be a particularly severe type of injury that a person might suffer. Even less severe brain injuries can have extreme consequences for those who suffer them. If you yourself or a family member has suffered from a brain injury which was beyond your control, then you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation.
What causes brain injuries?
Brain injuries can actually be caused by a lot of different things, from physical causes to injuries which are caused by illnesses. If you believe that your injury was preventable, and has been caused by something that was not your fault then it may be possible to make a claim against the party who was responsible.
Brain injuries can be caused by road traffic accidents, slips, trips, falls, unhygienic conditions, medical malpractice, accidents at birth, physical assault, sports injuries, industrial accidents and many other things.
Consequences of brain injuries
It is almost impossible to consider the full consequences of brain injuries, because the brain controls the entire body. Brain injuries can cause physical symptoms, including paralysis, and they can cause mental health symptoms, including memory problems, learning difficulties, personality disorders and increased anxiety. If you have started to experience any unusual physical or mental symptoms after you have received a blow to the head or any other type of brain injury, then you should speak to your doctor to see if your symptoms may be related.
In extreme circumstances, brain injuries can leave victims in a coma or complete vegetative state, or they can result in a complete loss of life. If you are continuing to experiencing any symptoms after you suffer from a brain injury, or if you are currently the main carer for someone who has experienced a brain injury, then you are advised to get in touch with a qualified brain injuries claims advisor.
Beginning your claim for brain injuries
If you decide that you would like to make a claim for compensation for your injuries, then you are advised to get in contact with a professional claims advisor. Once you are in contact with a claims advisor, you will be asked to share details of your injury and the circumstances that led up to it. If you are making a claim on behalf of someone else, then you will be expected to give the facts of the incident as you understand them, and you will be asked to share your experiences of how the injury has affected you personally.
You will also be asked to share details of any other ways that you have been affected by the injury, including changes that you have had to make to your lifestyle, changes that you have had to make to your home to help you to cope with your injuries, and any financial costs that you have incurred as a result of the incident.
Supporting your claim
In order to support your claim, you may have to provide certain evidence. Evidence will normally fall into one of two categories: evidence to prove that the accident or injury was not your fault, and evidence to prove the effects of the injury.
If you are unsure about how to gather this evidence or if you are unsure about what you might need to provide as evidence, then your claims advisor should be able to guide you. Be expected to be asked to provide documents such as financial records, medical records and any police reports which may related to the incident that caused your injury.
Making the claim
Your claims advisor will notify the defendant that you wish to make a claim against them, and they will give the defendant a right to reply to the claim. In some cases, the defendant will immediately offer a settlement. If this occurs, you can decide whether you would like to take the settlement or not. Your claims advisor will be able to advise you about whether you should take the settlement or whether you may be eligible for more. If you decide not to accept, then your claims team will proceed to negotiate on your behalf, or they will advise the defendant that the claim will be taken to court.