16th - 22nd May 2022 is Action for Brain Injury Week. This year's campaign from Headway "See the hidden me" focuses on hidden disabilities, which are a reality for many brain injury survivors.
We've helped numerous clients deal with the ongoing issues associated with traumatic brain injuries by ensuring they had access to care and rehabilitation and, through their compensation awards, the funding to enable them to pay for everything they need throughout their lifetime.
As well as assisting brain-injured clients following a traumatic event, our team has considerable experience in helping clients who have suffered a brain injury due to medical negligence, including brain-injured children.
A few of their stories are below.
Brain injury: fracture of the right occipital bone
Our client was a minor who suffered from a severe head injury resulting from a right occipital bone fracture. He was left with right-sided deafness. He suffered significant cognitive and behavioural difficulties, including tiredness, behavioural problems, memory loss and attention difficulties.
His brain injury made him vulnerable, and he will need care and supervision for the rest of his life.
He required intensive help from support workers and rehabilitation providers, which was implemented with the case manager's help.
In this case, liability was disputed. However, we secured a seven-figure settlement for the Claimant alongside periodical payments for the remainder of the Claimant's life to provide for his future care and case management.
Brain injury: raised intracranial pressure
We acted on behalf of a client who suffered extensive physical injuries and a severe brain injury due to a frontoparietal fracture, subarachnoid haemorrhage and petechial haemorrhages causing raised intracranial pressure. Our client required decompressive craniectomy and subdural peritoneal shunt due to falling through the garage roof onto the floor during his work.
Our client suffered complications during his recovery, including sepsis, neutropenia and thrombus, causing contraction of both achilles tendons, leaving them with some hindrance when walking. They also suffered from cognitive difficulties, memory loss, balance problems and altered mood.
We arranged rehabilitation and the team secured a six-figure settlement for the client.
Brain injury: neurological injury
Our client was involved in a serious road traffic accident. He suffered significant physical injuries, including a fractured pelvis, C2 fracture, vertebral artery dissection and severe traumatic brain injury. Thankfully, he made an excellent recovery from both his physical injury and, with appropriate rehabilitation, a good recovery from his neurological injury. However, he was left with some cognitive difficulties, mainly affecting his concentration.
Our team worked hard to achieve a six-figure settlement for our client's brain injury.
Brain injury: neuropsychological injuries
Our client was involved in an RTA (road traffic accident. As a result of the accident, they suffered from whiplash-type injuries, knee pain and left-sided weakness. He also suffered from a brain injury; however, this was not immediately identified following the accident. He subsequently developed neuropsychological injuries, including difficulties walking in a straight line, focussing, difficulty with speech and concentration and difficulty writing.
Our client was diagnosed with a post-traumatic brain injury, but unfortunately, his symptoms deteriorated. He required a walking stick for support due to considerable weakness in his legs, which affected his balance. He suffered from tremors, claustrophobia, blurred vision, and inability to drive. He also suffered significant personality changes and depression.
We arranged for our client to undergo extensive rehabilitation and secured a six-figure financial settlement for him.
Brain injury: neurological impairment
Our client suffered a brain injury following poor administration and anaesthesia monitoring while undergoing a hysterectomy operation. She was left with a neurological impairment affecting her mobility and stability; right-sided weakness, right-sided blindness and cognitive impairment. She also suffered early onset dementia as a result of the trauma.
Our client needed a full care regime and a move to alternate accommodation, which the case manager implemented. A high six-figure settlement was awarded to meet our client's full care needs.
Brain injury: hypoxic brain injury
Our clients were the parents of a deceased child. We acted for them in a birth injury medical negligence claim due to the failure to appropriate monitor and record the foetal heart rate during labour and the delay in referral to an obstetrician for caesarean section. As a result, the deceased suffered a hypoxic brain injury and died aged five days.
We managed to secure a five-figure settlement for them and an apology from the NHS.
Brain injury: hypoxic brain damage
Our client suffered medical negligence due to the failure to appropriately identify QT interval in sinus rhythm and ventricular bigeminy during an ECG. She was discharged from the hospital and suffered a cardiac arrest causing hypoxic brain damage.
Our client has been left with significant frontal lobe disorder, which leads to marked disinhibition and inappropriate behaviours. She is hostile towards family members and suffers epilepsy and delusional episodes requiring considerable care both now and in the future.
We managed to achieve a six-figure settlement for her and her family.
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