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Brain injury claims

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.

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More than one million people in the UK are living with head injury-related disabilities (Centre for Mental Health). It only takes a split second for someone to suffer a brain injury. The impact can be dramatic and life-changing – with physical and emotional effects lasting long after it happens.

Our highly skilled team of brain injury solicitors has helped thousands of individuals with brain injury claims to get the compensation they need to pay for ongoing care, treatment and support to provide independence and improve quality of life for them and their families.

What is a brain injury?

The brain is the most important organ in our body. It contains billions of nerve cells that controls all bodily functions; from speech and senses to movement, memory, how we think and feel and other organ functions. Anything that affects or restricts how the brain operates is a brain injury.

There are many different types of brain injury. The extent of the brain injury and the impact of the injury will depend on a number of factors including the cause of the injury and the part of the brain affected. 

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What are the different types of brain damage?

  • Traumatic brain injuries

    If someone suffers a brain injury from a jolt, blow or any other external damage to the head, this is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Most TBIs are mild and have no long-lasting effects, with around 85% of all head injuries falling into this category (Headway).

    But there are still many people who suffer moderate or severe TBIs each year. It’s a key reason why head injuries are labelled as the “commonest cause of death and disability in people aged 1-40 years in the UK” by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

    Often in Traumatic brain injury there may be no visible sign of trauma and even though a person may be suffering from several problems it may not be obvious and this is why this type of injury is often referred to as ‘A hidden disability’

  • Acquired brain injuries

    An acquired brain injury (ABI) is an injury/damage to the brain sustained after birth. Statistics show that between 2005-06 and 2016-17 there was a 10% surge in hospital admissions. Around 350,000 people are now admitted with an ABI each year.

    Head trauma is a common cause, but anything that restricts or limits the normal function of the brain can lead to an ABI. Such injuries aren’t always obvious either, showing “no external signs of injury” in many cases, according to a Headway factsheet for GPs.

  • Hypoxic brain injuries

    The human brain relies on an adequate, regular and constant flow of oxygen. The brain cells are extremely sensitive and when the flow of oxygen is partially or totally disrupted, it can take just minutes until the brain sustains permanent damage known as a hypoxic brain injury.

Why should you choose Shoosmiths?

Here at Shoosmiths, we’ve been helping our clients get the expert legal advice they need for more than 165 years. And we’re committed to giving you that same quality of service too.

We’re also recognised as leading legal experts in supporting brain injury claims:

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How can Shoosmiths help you?

Not only does our team appreciate the full impact of a brain injury, it also offers comprehensive legal expertise to help your claim for head injury compensation. We’ll be with you from start to end and beyond – securing the medical, financial and practical help you need.

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

Sharine Burgess

Sharine Burgess


Personal injury

Sharine is an award-winning lawyer in the personal injury department, acting on behalf of claimants and their families through a wide range of cases, so give her a call.

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.

Frequently asked questions

  • Why I should make a brain injury claim?

    If you’re coming to terms with a life-changing brain injury, we know money isn’t the first thing on your mind. But there are good reasons to make a claim for brain injury compensation. It’s not all about the financial award either. The support and advice you’ll also receive can make all the difference to your quality of life.

  • Can I claim on behalf of someone else?

    Yes you can. If you are the parent or legal guardian of a person under the age of 18, you can claim on their behalf. You can also make a claim on behalf of someone who suffers a brain injury that leaves them unable to decide for themselves under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

    Unfortunately, there are times when brain injuries can be fatal. If a loved one passes away and it’s the fault of someone else, you may still be able to make a claim.

  • How do I start a claim for brain injury compensation?

    Our skilled team of brain injury solicitors are ready and waiting to speak to you today. Don’t worry – this initial discussion won’t cost you a penny and there’s no obligation. What we’ll do is learn more about you and your injury – using our many years’ experience to help guide you.

    For an initial chat about your options, get in touch today – call 0370 086 8686

  • How long do I have to claim for brain injury compensation?

    If you’re thinking about starting a claim for brain injury compensation, there is a time limit. This is three years from the date of the accident/incident. For young people, the three-year limit does apply – but only from their 18th birthday.

    In all cases, we recommend contacting our brain injury solicitors as soon as possible after an injury takes place. This gives us the best possible chance of gathering any relevant evidence and witness statements – and increases the likelihood of your claim succeeding.

  • How much compensation could I receive?

    When it comes to head injury compensation, how much you receive will depend on the extent of the injury and what will be required to ensure you can enjoy the best possible quality of life.

    Many of the awards we helped secure are in the millions. We successfully obtained and award of £14.6m for James Robshaw, who suffered a hypoxic brain injury during birth and now lives with cerebral palsy. For more examples of people we’ve worked with to get the compensation they’re entitled to, click here.

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.

Call us on 0370 086 8686 or message us.

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