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Brain Injury Compensation Claims

About Brain Injuries
Information about brain injuries
Claiming Personal Injury Compensation
How much can be claimed in compensation for a brain injury?
Compensation Claim Advice
How to obtain advice from a specialist personal injury solicitor about a brain injury
Client Stories
Information about cases Thompsons have dealt with
News about Brain Injuries
News reports published by Thompsons Solicitors about Brain Injuries
Useful Links
Links to organisations which may be able to help brain injury victims
Preventing Brain Injuries
Practical ways to minimise the risk of a brain injury

About Brain Injuries

Information about brain injuries

According to the Brain Injury Resource Foundation, approximately 125,000 people suffer some sort of brain injury which requires hospital admission in the UK each year.

Brain Injuries can be caused in many different ways, such as from an accident at work, a road accident, an accident in a public place or an assault / attack. Brain Injuries can also be caused by clinical negligence.

Effects of brain injuries vary – there could be cognitive difficulties, memory loss and / or poor concentration through to permanent brain damage and / or physical disability.

You might be thinking of making a compensation claim for a brain injury that you, or a relative is coping with and that you feel was caused as a result of an accident. The change to lifestyle, the cost, the financial strain can be overwhelming, getting involved in a legal battle is often a daunting and unwelcome additional strain. We help individuals make the right decisions and the legal battle is to secure compensation that helps you deal with the changes to lifestyle and the financial impacts.

As specialist personal injury solicitors dealing with claims for compensation in cases where a person has suffered a brain injury we will need to work closely with the family of the injured person and carry out home or hospital visits. We make every effort to explain the issues to you in plain English and to put you at your ease throughout.

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Claiming Personal Injury Compensation

How much can be claimed in compensation for a brain injury?

The amount of compensation awarded for a brain injury claim will often be a lot higher than an average personal injury compensation claim.

The compensation awarded must take into account, not only the pain and suffering the person has endured together with initial costs but also any future losses they may incur such as rehabilitation costs, nursing care, disability aids or specialist equipment as well as transport costs or the cost of having their house modified to suit their needs. The damages awarded would also need to take into account any future lost earnings if the injured person is unable to return to work.

A personal injury compensation claim for a brain injury will require more work to be carried out by the personal injury solicitor involved; therefore, it is very important that you seek immediate legal advice.

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Compensation Claim Advice

How to obtain advice from a specialist personal injury solicitor about a brain injury

If you or anyone you know has suffered a brain injury or any other serious injury, telephone us now for accurate accident compensation claim advice.  You can also read our Brain Injuries Booklet about claiming compensation for Brain Injuries (PDF Version 998KB).

There are strict time limits in place to make any injury claim. For further information, contact us or visit our Questions Answered page.

Thompsons Solicitors are experts in all personal injury matters and have a specialist Serious Injury Team to deal with claims involving catastrophic injuries. We will be able to advise you whether or not you have a valid claim for compensation. Our specialist personal injury lawyers will be happy to talk you through the process of making a claim in plain English and will be happy to answer any questions or queries you may have. Telephone us now on 08000 224 224 or complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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Client Stories

Information about cases Thompsons have dealt with

£2.4 million compensation for spinal injury and head injury

When Thompsons Solicitors recovered £2.4million in compensation for Greg Arde, the story was covered by the National Press. To read the story published by the BBC, visit “Paralysed worker's £2.4m payout”.

Mr Arde had been working for a company in Wales where he was asked to drive a fork lift truck without any training or a valid licence. The truck toppled over onto him and crushed him causing spinal injuries and head injuries.

Mr Arde said that he was happy with the amount of compensation he was awarded for his fork lift truck accident, which would help to pay for a specially adapted house for him to live in and round-the-clock care costs.

Mick Antoniw from Thompsons’ Cardiff office said the figure was decided upon following "a period of intense negotiations".

"As far as I am aware this is one of the largest ever settlements for an adult in south Wales.

"Greg is a remarkable individual who has learned to cope with catastrophic injuries. The compensation will help him put the accident behind him and reconstruct his life."

"He used to be a keen rugby player and he still goes to watch sports matches. He was a very fit young man."

"The money is a relief to him that it's over. It had to be in this region for him to be able to pay for his care regime that gives him his quality of life."

£1.6 million compensation for brain injury after car accident

ASLEF and its lawyers has secured a £1.6 million compensation settlement for the son of a member who suffered a severe head injury and resultant brain damage when he was hit by a speeding car.

The money will be administered by the Court Of Protection and an appointed Receiver.

The teenager was knocked down near to his home in March 1999. The car, which was being driven at speed on the wrong side of the road and past several traffic islands hit the victim as he crossed the road. It did not slow or stop until some 70 metres after the collision.

The driver was later jailed for one year and disqualified from driving for three years. His victim suffered a fractured skull and was in a coma for some time. He underwent rehabilitation at two specialist brain injury centres, but continues to suffer significant symptoms of head injury.

Now aged 23, he has a mental age of about 16, may always be dependent on carers, cannot forge relationships or hold down a permanent job.

At the time of the accident, the victim was a schoolboy, keen to forge a career as a film industry lighting technician after finishing his GCSE’s. But the accident left him unable to finish his GCSE’s and there is now little prospect that he will ever achieve his ambition.

His father, whose membership of ASLEF enabled his son to be represented by the union’s lawyers Thompsons, which has a specialist Serious Injury Team, said that the years since the accident had taken their toll.

“It’s been a very trying time. My son has had his future destroyed. He is now dependent on others to look after him, and he probably always will be. We have however had fantastic support from the brain injury association Headway, from Hillingdon’s Children With Disabilities Team, from ASLEF and from Thompsons. I’m not sure how we would have coped without Headway, in particular.

“It’s been a long wait for compensation for my son. It was a complex case and without the expertise of Thompsons we may not have succeeded in securing a settlement.

“No amount of money can make up for what happened to my son. He will never achieve his ambitions, never enjoy the future that he had planned. But at least it will pay for the care, accommodation and other special needs that he will require over the years.”

Fall from Height at Work resulted in Brain Injury

Patrick O’Malley spent four years in hospital after he was seriously brain damaged following an accident while working.  He fell 20ft when a scaffolding gantry, designed to hold weights of up to a tonne, collapsed with just him on it.    It was later discovered that the platform had been built using the wrong type of bolts and the bolts failed when Patrick stood on it.

Patrick suffered catastrophic injuries and his family were told initially that he would not survive.  Patrick’s brain injury affected his ability to walk, talk and use his upper limbs.

Following Patrick’s accident his mother, Maisey, contacted his trade union, Unite, which instructed its lawyers Thompsons Solicitors to pursue a claim for compensation.  Thompsons Solicitors secured several interim payments from Patrick's employer which paid for an adapted bungalow for Patrick before fully settling the claim out of court.

In the years following his accident Patrick has made significant improvements and is now able to walk with assistance, talk and has use of his upper limbs although he remains severely disabled.

After the case was settled, Patrick's mother said  “I was devastated when Patrick had his accident. He was only 29 at the time of the accident and had all his life ahead of him but some wrong bolts trashed his future. At first we had to get our heads round the idea that he wouldn’t survive but after four years of intensive rehabilitation in hospital Patrick has been able to return home with full time care.

“The interim compensation secured by Thompsons meant we were able to adapt a bungalow to suit Patrick’s disability. This full award will mean his needs will be provided for the rest of his life.”

Child hit by car suffers Brain Injury

Rebecca was only 13 years old when she was hit by a car on her way to the shops. She suffered severe brain damage and was in intensive care for 7 weeks and then on a ward for 6 months. She was blind and confined to a wheelchair.

With expert care and sheer determination, Rebecca regained her sight and is now determined to learn to walk again. Her memory and speech are also improving. The compensation Thompsons recovered for Rebecca paid for a specially adapted bungalow as well as the ongoing cost of her care and rehabilitation.

After the case was settled Rebecca's mother said “it quickly became obvious how important it was that Thompsons are very experienced in such claims.

They were very helpful from the start – explaining what was involved, how long it might take and very thoroughly going into what was needed now and would be needed in the future to provide good care for Rebecca.  Some of the costs we were incurring were already too much for us, even with family help, and Thompsons were terrific at getting us interim payments.

That took the pressure off our everyday living; it made life a lot easier for us as a family. It did take a long time to reach the final settlement.  But all through that time, Thompsons always kept in touch with us and explained what was going on.  All the experts Thompsons brought in to help us were good people too - they made a big and helpful difference with everything from financial planning to home modifications.  I particularly valued Thompsons care expert - she really knew her subject and was truthful with us.”

Compensation for Pedestrian hit by Car

When Robin was 16 years old he was crossing the road when he was hit by a car which was travelling on the wrong side of the road. He was thrown approximately 10 feet up in the air and suffered a severe brain injury. He was in a coma in intensive care for 5 days and then spent a further 3 weeks on a ward before being discharged.

Robin's father got in touch with Thompsons after the accident and asked for help with making a personal injury claim for compensation.

Thompsons recovered compensation for Robin which took into account his future care needs and lost earnings.

Robin's Dad said “I got in touch with Thompsons Solicitors who are personal injury claim experts.  Both Robin and I found it easy talking and dealing with them throughout the period of the case.  They explained the processes, laid out timescales, negotiated interim payments for Robin so that his rehabilitation could continue, appointed a Case Manager to look after his rehabilitation needs and general welfare.  They were also very thorough at going through all the costs connected with Robin’s claim.

Their Serious Injuries Team went into every detail ensuring that all costs expended to date and future costs for care and loss of earnings were taken into account.  They appointed a number of medical experts to examine Robin and help assess his claim.  Initial nervousness at meeting Thompsons’ barrister was soon calmed by his approachability.

I appreciated the way both Thompsons and their barrister patiently explained things to Robin so that he could understand what was going on.  Thompsons had such an empathy with Robin that he calls the solicitor who handled his case his ‘Guardian Angel’.

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News about Brain Injuries

News reports published by Thompsons Solicitors about Brain Injuries

In the past we have published many news stories about head and brain injuries within the Newsdesk section of the website. A selection can be found below:

Brain Injury Survivors unveil Birmingham Art Exhibition

Top UK lawyers explain why better support is needed for individuals with brain conditions under arrest

Mayor announces continued funding to Wearside brain injury charity

Charity launches increased provision of brain injury support for people in the North East

Conference boost for brain injury charity

Headway’s activity weekend helps brain injury survivors explore their adventurous side

Headway event to help brain injury survivors on the ‘Route to Recovery’

Compensation for victim of McDonald’s security guard assault

Victim’s family speaks out after court convicts man for hit and run

Sharon Hodgson MP highlights dangers of cycling without a helmet

Family call for cycle helmets to become compulsory after woman suffers brain damage

Woman left for dead by hit-and-run driver receives six figure sum in compensation

Thompsons supports UKABIF’s campaign to improve brain injury rehabilitation services

Great North Air Ambulance pair win judgment after faulty plane parts cause serious crash

Kwik-Fit worker died after tyre dropped on his head

Teenager warns of dangers of uninsured bikers

Brain injury charity appoints Thompsons’ solicitor as Treasurer

Thompsons' solicitor elected to UKABIF Executive Committee

UNISON wins £210,000 compensation for head injury sufferer

Dangers of riding bikes without wearing a helmet

Launch of new Headway branch

Multiple head injury compensated

Significant payout for brain damaged scaffolder

Safety measures introduced after trucker fell to his death

Brain injury charity launches in Wearside

Payout for brain injury

Nightclub owner liable for bouncer's attack on fire fighter

Thompsons demands criminal injury compensation review after payout for tragic boy

Welsh UNISON member receives £390,000 for road collision with trailer

Nightclub chain responsible for attack by doorman

Machete attack children finally win compensation

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Useful Links

Links to organisations which may be able to help brain injury victims

There are a number of associations for support, guidance and information regarding brain injuries for not only the person affected, but family and friends as well.

Headway (The Brain Injury Association) - is a registered charity in England. Our aims are to promote understanding of all aspects of head injury and to provide information, support and services to people who have suffered a head injury, their family and carers.

NHS Online Health Encyclopaedia – Symptoms, causes, treatment and prevention of brain injuries.

The Child Brain Injury Trust - The Child Brain Injury Trust (Cbit) supports children, young people and families affected by an acquired brain injury to enable them to achieve their potential.

Thompsons and Headway UK work together to provide a free Wills service to members of Headway UK. If you are a member of Headway UK please contact them in order to obtain your voucher and use our online Wills drafting service for free.

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Preventing Brain Injuries

Practical ways to minimise the risk of a brain injury

If you suffer a brain injury due to an accident or incident which was not your fault, you may be able to make a claim for compensation; however, preventing the injury to begin with is obviously the best option.

Safety Helmets

British standard safety helmets are already a legal requirement for motorcyclists and are a sensible choice for pedal cyclists too. It is advisable to invest in a helmet which fits properly and is of a good standard as safety helmets can reduce the risk of a serious head injury by 85% if you are involved in an accident.

Both adults and children taking part in dangerous or high-speed sports, such as skateboarding, horse riding and go-karting should also be encouraged to wear safety helmets.

If you work in a hazardous environment such as a building site, construction site or warehouse, you should ensure that your employer provides you with protective head wear. It is common for objects to fall from a height and injure workers below.

Seatbelts

Seatbelts save lives and it is a legal requirement for all car drivers and passengers to wear seatbelts in the front and the rear seats of a car. It is also a legal requirement for baby car seats and booster seats to be used where necessary. Wearing a seatbelt can minimise all types of possible injuries including brain injuries.

Slow Down

Exceeding the speed limits stated causes accidents and subsequently injuries. Travelling at excessive speeds can also cause serious injuries to occur such as brain injuries in comparison to low-speed collisions which may only cause minor injuries.

Be Seen

If you are out after dusk for any reason you should make yourself as visible to motorists as possible. Whether you are out walking, jogging or exercising your dog, a cyclist or a horse rider, make sure you wear light coloured or preferably reflective clothing to make your presence obvious to other road users. If you can be clearly seen by motorists this will decrease your change of being involved in an accident and suffering a brain injury.

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