Serious Injury

Your guide to making an acquired brain injury claim

April 18, 2024
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Acquired brain injuries (ABIs) can have life-altering effects, impacting individuals and their families in various ways. ABIs can occur due to various causes such as accidents, medical malpractice, or workplace incidents and if you have suffered as a result, you may be entitled to compensation. Understanding the complexities of ABI cases and navigating legal avenues can be overwhelming. However, our expert legal team can provide clarity and support during such challenging times. Whether it’s securing compensation for rehabilitation, lost wages, or long-term care our team is here to help guide you through the process, ensuring you receive the support and compensation you deserve. 

  

  

What is an acquired brain Injury?  

  

ABIs refer to any injury to the brain that occurs after birth, typically resulting from accidents, medical conditions, or external factors. Unlike congenital brain injuries, which are present at birth, ABIs develop later in life.  

  

Common causes of ABIs include: 

  

  

According, these injuries can have significant effects on individuals’ lives, often leading to physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioural changes. Tasks once taken for granted may become challenging as such injuries can cause fatigue, impacting one’s ability to work, engage in daily activities, and maintain relationships. 

  

  

H2: Understanding the symptoms of an acquired brain injury  

According to Nurseline, symptoms of ABIs can vary widely depending on the severity and location of the injury. Physical symptoms may include: 

  • Headaches 
  • Dizziness 
  • Fatigue 
  • Coordination difficulties 
  • Numbness 
  • Speech difficulties 
  • Muscle weakness 

 

Cognitive symptoms may involve: 

  • Memory problems 
  • Difficulties with attention and concentration 
  • Organisational difficulties 
  • Communication challenges 
  • Effects on learning abilities 

Emotional and behavioural symptoms can range from mood swings, irritability, and depression to impulsivity and difficulty regulating emotions. 

It’s essential to recognise that the effects of ABIs can be long-lasting, with some individuals experiencing ongoing challenges even years after the initial injury. Long-term effects may include persistent cognitive impairments, such as difficulties with memory and executive functions, as well as emotional and behavioural changes that impact relationships and daily functioning. Additionally, individuals with ABIs may face increased risks of developing secondary health conditions, such as epilepsy or sleep disorders, which can further complicate their recovery journey. 

  

Initiating an acquired brain injury claim  

  

We value trust and transparency when it comes to legal support. That’s why we offer a complimentary initial consultation process. This session is designed to give you valuable insights and guidance right from the start. During the consultation, you’ll chat with one of our experienced team members. They’ll listen to your concerns, review your case details, and offer personalised advice tailored to your situation. We believe in being clear about what to expect. That means making sure you understand your options and the potential outcomes of your case upfront. Our aim is to empower you to make informed decisions confidently about your claim. Whether you’re dealing with a personal injury claim or a medical negligence issue, our team is here to provide the support and guidance you need. Schedule your free initial consultation with Fletchers Solicitors today and take the first step towards resolving your legal concerns.  

  

  

Key factors determining eligibility  

  

Determining eligibility for an acquired brain injury claim usually focuses on figuring out who’s at fault. If someone else’s actions, such as an employer not providing adequate safety measures, a driver causing an accident, or medical professionals making mistakes, led to the injury, you might have a case. 

It’s important to know that there’s typically a three-year time limit to file a claim from the date of your injury. Acting quickly is essential to ensure you don’t miss this deadline. However, there are exceptions. For instance, if the injured person is under 18 or lacks mental capacity, the time limit may be extended. 

 

Navigating the claims process  

  

Our expert team follows a thorough six-step process when it comes to an acquired brain injury claim; this involves:  

  

Your Initial Enquiry: This is your first step in reaching out to us. Our legal experts are here to answer any questions you may have, and rest assured, all calls are handled with the utmost confidentiality. 

Case Review: Here, one of our personal injury specialists will carefully examine the details of your case. They’ll provide you with an honest assessment of your chances of successfully making a claim. 

Claim Investigation: If your case is taken on, our team will kickstart the process of gathering evidence to support your claim. This might involve reaching out to witnesses, obtaining CCTV footage, and documenting any losses you’ve suffered, like lost earnings or damaged belongings. We may also secure interim payments and rehabilitation support at this stage. 

Medical and Expert Evidence: We’ll examine your medical records and other relevant evidence to understand the extent of your injuries. We’ll also explore how the accident has impacted your work and lifestyle. 

Negotiation: We’ll negotiate with the other party on your behalf to secure a fair compensation package for your injuries and losses. If negotiations hit a roadblock, the matter may proceed to court, however very few cases make it to the courtroom. Throughout this process, we’ll keep you updated every step of the way. 

Compensation: Once negotiations are successfully concluded, and your compensation is secured, you can finally move forward and put this chapter behind you, focusing on rebuilding your life. 

  

How long can a claim take to be processed?  

  

Every claim is unique, with its own set of circumstances and complexities. Because of this, timelines for processing claims can vary from case to case. Factors such as the extent of injuries, availability of evidence, and negotiations with the other party can all influence the duration of the process. 

  

Essential evidence for your claim  

  

To support your claim, we’ll gather evidence such as medical records showing the extent of your injury. For claims relating to medical negligence, our team may need to access your previous medical history. Statements from witnesses, documentation of the incident, and any other relevant proof may be required. This evidence helps build a strong case for compensation. 

  

  

Documenting your injury and its impact  

  

To support your claim, keeping a detailed record of your symptoms, treatments, and how your injury impacts your daily life is recommended. This includes holding on to receipts for medical costs and rehabilitation, prescriptions, and any other related costs. Additionally, noting down how your injury affects your home life and career can provide valuable evidence for your claim. Keep track of any changes in your abilities, challenges you face, and adjustments you’ve had to make due to your injury. This information will not only help your legal claim but also ensure you receive the support and compensation you deserve. 

  

Fletchers’ experience with acquired brain injury claims  

  

Our experts have helped countless clients with their acquired brain injury claims, ensuring they receive fair compensation and the justice they deserve. Most notably we’ve supported our clients in the past by securing a after medical professionals failed to properly care for and manage, our client’s post-operative head wound. 

At Fletchers Solicitors, we take a unique and holistic approach to supporting our clients. Beyond legal representation, we offer comprehensive support that addresses not just the legal aspects of your case, but also your overall well-being. Our team understands the challenges you may be facing, and we’re here to provide guidance and assistance every step of the way. 

What sets us apart is our commitment to personalised care and attention. We take the time to understand your individual needs and tailor our services accordingly. Whether it’s connecting you with medical experts, arranging rehabilitation support, or providing emotional support, we go above and beyond to ensure you receive the holistic assistance you deserve. 

Furthermore, our track record of success speaks for itself. With years of experience and a dedicated team of professionals, we have a proven history of achieving positive outcomes for our clients. When you choose Fletchers Solicitors, you can trust that you’re getting the best legal representation and unwavering support from a team that truly cares about your well-being. 

  

Success stories and client testimonials  

  

Our team has handled numerous acquired brain injury cases and has successfully helped people move forward with their lives by securing them the compensation they deserve. They have help clients who have suffered acquired brain injuries from medical negligence, road traffic accident, as well as in public and private settings. Some of these claims include: 

  

  

Get the compensation you deserve for your acquired brain injury  

  

Fletchers Solicitors stands ready to support you through the complexities of your legal claim, for the injuries to you or your loved one. With our proven track record and holistic approach to client care, we’re here to guide you every step of the way. From initial consultation to securing fair compensation, our team is dedicated to ensuring you receive the justice, support, and compensation you deserve. 

If you or a loved one has suffered an acquired brain injury, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Our experienced team is here to provide expert guidance and support tailored to your unique circumstances. Contact Fletchers Solicitors today to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward resolving your legal concerns. 

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