The Hidden Consequences of Brain Injury

Author:
Matthew Clayton
Partner, Serious Injury Solicitor
Date:
17/05/2021

A brain injury can impact on every aspect of a person’s life, preventing you from returning to work and leave you needing specialist treatment, therapy and rehabilitation. But some consequences can be so subtle that they’re very hard for many people to spot.

Let’s face it, you can see a leg in a caste or a neck in a brace, but you cannot see inside someone’s head. Subtle changes that can cause real issues for a person with a brain injury include:

  • Personality changes
  • Behavioural problems
  • Not being able to plan ahead
  • A lack of motivation in everyday life
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Becoming easily tired by the middle of the day
  • Struggling to get up in the morning

I’m a specialist Personal Injury Lawyer, whose expertise is in dealing with accidents that have caused a brain injury, so I’ve seen the full effects of brain injuries many times.

Perhaps the biggest and most frightening aspect of it all is that it could happen to anyone at any time, and that if it happened to you, you might not realise the full consequences it could have.

That’s why it’s so important to work with a specialist in this area of law if you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury in an accident.

We work with a trusted network of medical experts and case managers, who can help us identify the full effects of a brain injury and make sure you get the care, support and rehabilitation you need.

Call our expert Personal Injury Solicitors for a free claims assessment and we’ll be happy to speak with you about your situation.

Call us on 08002605010 or request a callback and we will help you.

More Public Awareness of Brain Injury Symptoms Needed

Many people simply don’t realise many of the lifelong effects that brain injury can have. In fact, I think that only those people whose lives have been destroyed by brain injury and its effects could ever really have that awareness.

For example, the cognitive functions of someone with a brain injury may be so compromised that they end up acting inappropriately, as if the person with the injury has reverted back to their teenage years.

So their loved ones see every day how their friend, lover, family member, mother, brother, wife, husband, father or child is changed forever.

They’ll be forever aware of how an injury to the brain is an injury that never goes away, and how hard it is to live with the lifelong effects.

This lack of wider public awareness may stem partly from how brain injury is portrayed in TV and films. Soaps and movies often have people suffering blows to the head as if it’s nothing and waking up and everything is fine.

Even if they’re in a coma, they come out of it within weeks and carry on as if the head and brain injury had never happened.

So it’s no surprise really that many people don’t link the more subtle after-effects of a brain injury, such as difficulty concentrating or fatigue, to the injury itself.

How Simpson Millar Can Help You

Our team of expert Personal Injury Solicitors includes specialists in handling brain injury claims, with a strong track record of helping claimants rebuild their lives.

Many law firms believe that running with a brain injury claim is like all other personal injury claims, but the effects of a brain injury are hugely complex, which means that nothing could be wider of the mark.

If we can take on your case, we’ll work hard to identify the consequences of the brain injury and make sure you get the care, support and rehabilitation you need.

This may include a case manager who can arrange care from different providers, train care staff and help you get specialist equipment. We’ll also work to make sure you have access to the right experts in various disciplines, such as neurology, neurosurgery and neuro rehabilitation.

Another issue your Solicitor will look at is whether or not your accommodation needs to be changed.

It may be that you need more space for your support team and therapist, or even just space with peace and quiet, as often the hurly burly of life, especially in noisy families with children, can and does often enrage and upset a brain injured person.

Occupational therapy may also be needed to help you relearn certain skills and live safely and independently. For instance, if you have memory problems because of your brain injury, you may accidentally leave the cooker on or forget to close and lock the front door.

The hazards of life we all take for granted can often be lost on someone whose short-term memory is so badly affected.

Our expertise and experience in helping people with brain injuries get the support they need means we’ll consider all these possibilities, and leave no stone unturned in helping you put your life back together.

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