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There's no doubt that sustaining a brain injury, or seeing someone you love undergo treatment for a brain injury, is frightening. Severe brain injuries can be life-altering and knowing who to turn to for help and advice can be fraught with difficulty. Of course, at first, you will rely on doctors and healthcare workers in the immediate aftermath of a head injury, but eventually, you, or your loved one, may need rehabilitation, adjustments to the family home and, possibly, someone who can help manage your day-to-day finances. This is where Thompson's can help.  

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Expert Brain Injury Solicitors who are Here to Help

The team of specialist brain injury solicitors at Thompsons can help you make a claim for damages if the incident which led to the head injury was caused by someone else's negligence. Even if they were only partially liable, it could still be beneficial to make a claim for compensation as the costs involved in looking after someone with serious head injuries can be substantial. Our team can help you secure the maximum amount of compensation possible and will ensure that, where applicable, interim payments are sought to facilitate the best possible care and treatment in the most timely manner.

Causes of brain injury

Some brain injuries may be fairly minor, such as mild concussion sustained in a low speed car accident, but certain accidents can cause serious brain damage. Common accidents in which serious brain injuries may occur include:

Common accidents in which serious brain injuries may occur include:

CAR ACCIDENTSRoad traffic accidents – including incidents involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians hit by vehicles – are the reason behind half of all traumatic brain injuries. SPORTSAccording to the UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF), sports are another significant cause of head and brain injury. Close to 300,000 brain injuries are sustained in sport each year. Winter sports, including skiing and ice skating, pose a particular risk, with 20,000 brain injuries attributable to these types of sports annually. MEDICAL NEGLIGENCENegligent healthcare can lead to an acquired brain injury, perhaps during an operation or at birth. ABI typically occurs when the brain is starved of oxygen. INFECTIONInfection, disease, and strokes are accountable for a large proportion acquired brain injuries. The UKABIF states that encephalitis, a condition where the brain becomes inflamed, causes 4,000 new cases per year. FALLSFor people aged 65 and over, falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries (according to UKABIF).WORK ACCIDENTSSome work places can pose a significant risk of injury. On a construction site, for instance, many hazards may lead to workers suffering an acquired brain injury: falling objects, falls from height, and accidents involving moving vehicles to name but a few.

Our experienced team will be with you every step of the way to ensure your claim for compensation is handled efficiently and meticulously to achieve maximum damages for your injuries.

Common brain injuries

Trauma to the head can lead to severe consequences. For instance, when the blood vessel wall is damaged, blood can leak into tissues and cause a swelling. This is known as a haematoma.

There are several different types of haematoma that can occur within the brain, and they are named based on the location of the damage. The brain and spinal cord have three protective membranes surrounding them. These are, in order from outermost to innermost, the dura mater, the arachnoid mater, and pia mater. Haematomas can occur at different levels between these layers. Symptoms of all these haematomas include severe headache, confusion, and dizziness.

SUBDURAL HAEMATOMAThese occur when the injury is to the bridging veins of the brain, causing a slower leak of blood into the subdural space between the dura mater and the arachnoid mater. Symptoms can develop quickly in the event of a severe head injury. However, sometimes the bleeding can be very slow, and so the symptoms develop gradually. ANTERIORPOSTERIORSKULLDURA MATEREPIDURAL HAEMATOMAThese are the result of trauma, often to the temple, which causes blood to build up in the epidural space, which is between the dura mater, the toughest outer membrane, and the skull. These can cause significant brain injury. INTRACEREBRAL HAEMATOMAThese occur within the brain tissue itself. Intracerebral haematomas may be due to bleeding from uncontrolled high blood pressure, an aneurysm, trauma, tumour, or stroke.FRACTURE

Concussion can occur if the head suffers a bump, blow or jolt. When the head moves rapidly back and forth, or stops suddenly, the brain moves independently inside the skull. Any impact against the skull can damage the delicate tissues and may impair brain functionality.CONCUSSION

Although the brain is well protected by the skull and membranes, a blow to the head or impact can make the brain jolt suddenly within the skull, causing symptoms such as a headache, nausea and dizziness, vision problems, and memory problems.

This is known as a concussion. Depending on the force of the impact, it's possible for the sufferer to temporarily lose consciousness.

In some cases, a concussion will only be temporary, and in minor cases you will usually be able to recover from this type of brain injury in a few weeks, but in more severe cases it can lead to longer lasting problems, both physical and emotional. This is known as post-concussion syndrome. If you have suffered a head injury that has left a lasting impact on your life, contact Thompsons' head injury solicitors to see if we can assist you in making a claim for compensation.

Complex Claims Handled with Care - Talk to Thompsons

Claims for brain injury compensation can be complex and demanding - Thompsons is known as the leading personal injury firm in Scotland and we strive to provide our clients with a compassionate service which separates us from the competition. Each brain injury client is allocated a dedicated, specialist solicitor who will provide legal guidance throughout the claim process. This means you can be assured that you get the best and most appropriate help possible from healthcare centres and other organisations who will be able to support you through treatment, rehabilitation and, hopefully, recovery.

Our service is holistic, it will encompass everything possible to get you the best care following your accident and, ultimately, the maximum amount of compensation possible. If you are worried about making a claim for compensation or are unsure whether you could claim, please call us on 0800 0891 331. We will be happy to talk you through the process and will quickly be able to tell you whether you would be eligible to make a claim.

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