Supporting Families with a Brain Injured Child

Author:
Rita Sidhu
Medical Negligence & Personal Injury Solicitor
Date:
07/02/2019

The emotional and physical impact of a brain injury on a child can be devastating, both for the child and their families, especially if it was caused by medical negligence. That’s why when our Solicitors represent a family whose child has suffered a brain injury, we aim to make it easy for them to access the support that’s needed to aid their child’s rehabilitation.

Cost shouldn’t be a prohibitive factor, so any compensation package we secure will reflect the individual treatment needs of the child. This should also recognise that the care needs of a child with a brain injury can change over time, so the type of support they get needs to alter accordingly.

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Connecting Families with Brain Injury Support

Our Medical Negligence and Personal Injury Solicitors can connect families with brain injury services and organisations that provide a strong support network, and ensure you know what support services are being offered by your Local Authority.

We can also help families ensure their brain injured child is treated by dedicated experts in their field, such as speech therapists and psychological therapists. These can be crucial in enabling children to articulate themselves in the wake of their brain injury and deal with the emotional consequences it brings.

An occupational therapist may also be needed to help children adapt to any new needs they may have. For instance, if they suffer memory problems, they can help families devise techniques to reduce their impact day-to-day.

Alternatively, if their brain injury has affected their coordination or led to physical weaknesses, a physiotherapist could be needed to assist and help them manage these issues.

For our clients, a Case Manager will be brought in to coordinate a child’s care needs, while our Medical Negligence or Personal Injury Solicitors focus on securing compensation.

The Case Manager’s job is crucial, as they can liaise with specialists, hire and train care staff and help families purchase specialist equipment that may be needed.

Of course, it’s not just outside experts who can make a big difference to the recovery of a child with a brain injury. We actively encourage parents to ensure their child gets to enjoy plenty of activities, both at home and in their local area.

For example, many day centres and sports groups will have provision for children with disabilities, which may allow the child to meet other youngsters in similar situations. The psychological benefits of this can be invaluable, helping the child feel far less isolated and alone than they may have done otherwise.

Getting children involved in activities at the home may also be appropriate in some cases, as getting them to help out with simple chores may trigger the learning centres of the brain.

For 2019, Simpson Millar has chosen Headway, the brain injury association, as our charity of the year. We’re aiming to raise at least £20,000 for Headway, which reflects our deep commitment to improving the lives of people with brain injuries - of all ages.

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