Head & brain injury

Suffering a brain injury can be life changing. We work with individuals and their families in pursuing compensation claims to ensure they receive the funds and support they can rely on for the rest of their lives.

Brain injury showing from a man

Types of brain injury

  • Traumatic

    Injuries caused by any kind of blow or external damage to the head can cause what is known as a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A person suffering a TBI may appear to be confused and disorientated. Find out more about traumatic brain injury as well as our detailed serious brain injury infographic.

    Click on the video below and watch Nicola Cooper's traumatic brain injury story:

    Nicola Cooper, a client who suffered serious traumatic brain injury
  • Acquired

    Acquired brain injury refers to everything from a blow to the head to an illness or an infection that causes harm to the brain and its normal functions. Strokes and tumours are both also included under this umbrella term. Read more about acquired brain injury.

  • Hypoxic

    If you have a hypoxic cerebral injury, this means that the brain has been deprived of oxygen. This can occur in a number of situations, such as drowning, choking, cardiac arrest or suffocation. Any medical condition or event that disrupts the flow of oxygen to the brain can cause this type of injury. Read more about hypoxic brain injury.

    Click on the video below and watch James Robshaw's hypoxic brain injury story:

    James Robshaw and his mum cuddling in a sofa. James suffered a birth brain injury

'Shoosmiths got me the rehab I needed and really helped with my family. They were fantastic throughout.'

Nicola Cooper, who suffered a serious brain injury after a seemingly trivial car accident.

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Have you – or someone that you’re close to – suffered an injury to the brain? More than most, you’ll be only too aware just how much distress, anxiety and uncertainty it can cause. Even if the physical effects of the injury last for a short time, the impact on your day-to-day life can be felt for weeks, months and years after.

When a brain injury is caused by negligence, it’s only fair you get the support and compensation you need. Our brain injury solicitors have a full appreciation of what you’ll be going through when you start to rebuild your life after a brain injury.

That’s why we’re here to help and represent you in your claim. 

What is an acquired brain injury?

The UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF) describes an acquired brain injury (ABI) as:

“Brain damage caused by events after birth and can result in cognitive, physical, emotional, or behavioural impairments leading to permanent or temporary changes in functioning.”

This means an acquired brain injury can happen at any point during someone’s life and is often (if not always) the result of an action or incident – whether it’s accidental or deliberate, traumatic or otherwise.

But it also means an ABI does not refer to brain damage present at birth or caused when cells, tissues or organs deteriorate over time. And an ABI isn’t hereditary either. 

How common are acquired brain injuries?

ABIs are becoming more common in the UK. According to Headway data, acquired brain injuries were responsible for nearly 350,000 hospital admissions in 2016-17. That figure, says the brain injury association, is around 531 admissions for every 100,000 people.

This figure has increased by 10% since 2005 too.

85% of the number of these hospital admissions equate to individuals – rather than repeat admissions. And it doesn’t include people who die before they can be taken to hospital. Thankfully, however, “the majority of people admitted with ABI survive.”

In a March 2019 parliamentary committee hearing, it was revealed that as many as 1.4 million people are living with a brain injury in the UK. And every one of those people has different financial, emotional and physical costs to bear. 
That’s why, if you or a loved one suffered an injury that was the fault of someone else, making an acquired brain injury compensation claim can make all the difference when it comes to your future care and rehabilitation needs. And it’s where our dedicated team of solicitors can help.

How can Shoosmiths help?

Our team has an in-depth understanding of the profound impact that mild and severe acquired brain injuries can have. We’ll help and support anyone thinking about making a claim against the person, group or organisation responsible for their injury – or that of a family member.

We believe that everyone should have an opportunity to live as full a life as possible no matter the extent of their injury. Some people might make a full recovery in just a few days or weeks.

But others must face up to the unfortunate reality of living with an acquired brain injury for the rest of their life. And with this comes all the long-term care and rehabilitation considerations.

By letting us take on your claim, our brain injury specialists can arrange access to leading care providers and therapists. It’s even possible to obtain compensation before your claim is settled to help you cover the costs of rehabilitation, home improvements and mobility arrangements.

To find out if you can make a claim and how Shoosmiths can help it succeed, contact us today. Call 01256696330 and we’ll arrange to come and see you and talk through your situation.

Why choose Shoosmiths for your acquired brain injury claim?

From the outset, it’s crucial to find an acquired brain injury lawyer who understands your situation and the support you’ll need. At Shoosmiths, we help families rebuild their lives after ABI  – connecting them with the right professionals for the recovery process.

We create lasting and meaningful relationships with the people we help. By making an acquired brain injury claim with us, you get our legal and medical expertise and a trusted adviser for life. But don’t just take our word for it – why not see what some of our clients have to say?

More about brain injuries

Brain injuries can be life-altering. How the brain injury will affect a person very much depends on the area of the brain that has been damaged. Often, a brain injury victim is unaware of just how severely they have been affected. They can have a tendency to overestimate their abilities or underestimate the problems they face which are evident to family and friends.

While many people know that different types of brain injury can cause physical problems such as headaches, dizziness, impaired memory and problems with balance and walking, what's often unseen, except by those family members and friends, are the personality changes that come when the brain has been injured.

Some Injuries to the brain display different visible signs which indicate underlying damage to brain function. An injury to the parietal lobes for example often results in weakness in the limbs on the opposite side of the body. An injury to the left side of the brain or the brain stem tends to cause speech and language impairment.

However, traumatic brain injury can also cause numerous 'hidden impairments' that may not be immediately obvious and usually lead to changes in personality, thinking and memory. That's why it is important to use specialist brain injury lawyers who understand all the potential long term issues and challenges that can emerge.

Expertise and knowledge is required in this highly specialist area of personal injury law but equally important is a commitment to treat each person as a unique individual in unique family circumstances.

If I have a brain injury case

Brain injuries can be caused in many different ways: an accident at work, a road traffic accident or a slip or fall in a public place. A head injury can also result from a criminal assault whilst brain injuries can also be a consequence of medical or clinical negligence.

Like any personal injury claim, you will have a case if it can be proved that you suffered because of the fault of another party. A subsequent award would take into account not only your immediate pain and suffering, but also any costs for rehabilitation, disability aids or specialist equipment, transport costs, the need to have your home modified, the cost of your past and future care, and any future lost earnings if you are unable to work.

It is very important therefore that your legal team understands the law and the full impact of any brain injury. We have a strong team of lawyers working out of 10 offices throughout the UK. Many have established links with charities such as Headway which supports brain injury victims and their families.

The emotional and financial strain of a brain injury on the entire family can be overwhelming. Getting involved in a legal battle may seem daunting, but we can help you judge the merits of taking such action. We can secure the medical, financial and practical assistance that you will need. More importantly, we’ll give you the information, guidance and support needed to allow you and your family to look forward and get on with your lives.

Brain injury experts

Our skilled team of specialist lawyers want to speak to you today for free

Rose Donoghue

Rose Donoghue

Consultant - Personal injury

Brain injury

When it comes to serious brain injury law, Rose's skill is unmatched. She has over 26 years' experience as a lawyer and she is a great listener so tell Rose your story.

Denise Stephens

Denise Stephens

Partner - Medical negligence

Cerebral palsy

Denise is a passionate, highly skilled medical negligence lawyer with a heart of gold. She cares genuinely about getting you justice so tell Denise your story.

Chris  McKinney

Chris McKinney

Partner - Personal injury

Brain injury

Chris will come to your home or hospital. He specialises in brain injury and has won several multi-million pound claims for clients. Call Chris today.

What to do next

We can advise you where you stand and what your options are. Make informed choices based on expert legal advice. We have many years’ experience of both the law and the practicalities that you may be facing for the first time. Getting in touch for an initial discussion will not cost you a penny.

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