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Living with a Serious Brain Injury

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Expert solicitors for complex injury claims

A serious brain injury, whether it has been sustained as a result of blunt force trauma in an accident or as a result of oxygen deprivation (hypoxia), will inevitably prove life-changing to an affected individual and their family.

Thompsons Solicitors in Scotland has a dedicated head and brain injury claims team and is committed to ensuring the fullest possible compensation for claimants in these circumstances. Whether you are looking to claim for yourself or on behalf of an adult or a child who has suffered a brain injury and lacks capacity to make a claim themselves, we can help.

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Living with a brain injury

The brain is the control centre for a person's body, intellect and personality. Even if we are not aware of its workings, the brain is constantly storing and analysing information, problem-solving, telling the body what to do, and, in short, making sense of the world around us. Our brain enables each of us to think and act upon the information it receives

In the event of a brain injury, no matter how "invisible" it might be from the outside, the injured person may change dramatically – not just in terms of cognition, mood-regulation and mental capacity, but also in terms of physical capability. Inevitably, this affects not only the quality of life of the injured person but also that of their family and loved ones.

Assessing your case

From the moment you first contact Thompsons Solicitors in Scotland, we will seek to establish whether your claim has a reasonable prospect of success. If it does, we will represent you on a No Win, No Fee basis, thereby ensuring you remain protected from all possible costs, fees and disbursements associated with your claim. Although we are unable to undertake No Win, No Fee agreements for brain injury claims involving medical negligence, we have many ways of assisting you with various funding methods and will be happy to discuss this with you at the outset of your claim.

Our next step will be to arrange, if possible, for interim payments to meet your most pressing needs – for example, immediate care, treatment, rehabilitation and specialist rehabilitation.

Throughout your case we will endeavour to assess the full nature of how your injury will affect you, and your family, now and in the future and, this may involve instructing the following specialists to assess your needs:

  • Neuro-disability specialists
  • Consultant psychiatrists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Rehabilitation specialists
  • Architects (for home adaptations)
  • Employment and retraining consultants

What is a brain injury compensation claim?

A brain injury compensation claim should mean you are able to access the best possible medical care and treatment in the short-term and mitigate some of your most pressing financial needs.

In the longer-term, your package of compensation should enable you to enjoy the best chance of rehabilitation, and have all future care needs looked after.

A brain injury compensation claim may be broken down into the following components:

  • General damages: this include sums for pain and suffering and loss of amenity.
  • Care and day-to-day help: this includes sums for domestic help – for example, cleaning, shopping and cooking, whether carried out by a professional or a family member – and should account for past, present and future expenses.
  • Specialist equipment: for example communication aids, computers and wheelchairs.
  • Rehabilitation: this includes the cost of occupational therapy and other specialist neuro-injury rehabilitative treatments.
  • Housing costs: compensation should cover the cost of any adaptations – for example, enlarging doorways – as well as the cost of any move to specialist accommodation – for example, a single storey bungalow.
  • Loss of income: this should include income already lost, lost future income and loss of pension.
  • Miscellaneous losses and expenses: if your injury has caused you loss or expense and you can prove it, you can claim for it.

Brain injury claims for future losses

Brain injuries do not always deteriorate or improve along linear or predictable lines. As such, Thompsons Solicitors in Scotland may seek to obtain provisional damages. This means that in the event that the brain injury being claimed for deteriorates or has unforeseen consequences, the injured party can seek to claim additional sums at a later date.

Why Thompsons?

Over our decades-long history we have established ourselves as the leading high-value personal injury claim firm in Scotland. Our success is demonstrable: we win more than 90% of the cases we take on, each week securing more than £1 million for our clients. We also campaign on numerous important issues and have represented clients in Fatal Accident Inquiries, infected blood scandals, Edinburgh tram accidents and the C-Diff outbreak in the Vale of Leven.

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Holistic legal support for your brain injury claim

Thompsons Solicitors in Scotland are committed to ensuring that any person who has suffered a brain injury because of another's failings is able to secure the compensation they deserve.

For more information about how we may able to help you – including details of how our No Win, No Fee agreement protects you from all financial risk – Talk to Thompsons today.



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