The brain is very fragile and easily damaged in the event of a head injury. Research by the Brain Injury Resource Foundations indicates that approximately 125,000 people are admitted to hospital each year suffering from some sort of brain injury. Further, it is estimated that 500,000 people in the UK are currently living with some form of disability arising from a brain injury.
Brain injuries often result from:
Brain injuries can be very severe and can have an ongoing impact on both your working and family lives as well as general day to day living. Whilst everyone is affected differently, common symptoms are:
The brain is the centre for thought, emotion and bodily control, so it’s no surprise that this list includes both physical problems, such as difficulty with walking or speech and “cognitive impairment” such as loss of memory and personality changes. Whilst the impact of the physical problems can be seen by everybody, the difficulties caused by the non visible impairments can be every bit as debilitating, putting a strain on work, quality of life and relationships.
To help cope with the impact of brain injury, the sufferer may require medical support, rehabilitation, long term care and practical adaptations to homes and life style. All of these things come at a cost but if another person or third party is responsible for the brain injury, a claim for compensation may be possible.
Compensation can be claimed for:
The aim of the compensation is to provide the sufferer with funds to make the necessary changes to their lifestyle required to carry on life as normally as possible.