Law firm’s brain injury credentials recognised by leading charity


As 9 May marked the start of Action for Brain Injury Week, Simpson Millar is accepted into the Child Brain Injury Trust legal directory.

The Action for Brain Injury Week is organised by Headway, the brain injury association, and backed by the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) which aims to increase awareness of brain injury in teenagers.

As an estimated 50,000 youngsters suffer a head injury every year specialist legal directories that have been accredited by such leading charities are becoming more widespread. The directories are a response to growing concerns that serious injury claims are being handled by non-specialist lawyers – sometimes to the detriment of seriously injured children and adults.

Head injury / Brain Injury SolicitorsAccording to Simpson Millar’s Head of Neurotrauma, Neil Fearn, experience when dealing with complex cases is absolutely crucial:

"We took over a 10-year old claim relating to a seriously injured young man from another firm in 2008. They were on the verge of settling the case 50/50 but we managed to secure 100% compensation. We also secured an immediate interim payment of £500,000 so that the family could move into a more suitable property."

"Although being awarded £8 million in compensation may sound like a lot, measured against permanent loss of ability and the cost of intensive and long term care needs, it is only appropriate. Had the case settled for less it would have had a serious impact on the lifelong care that could be provided for a very unlucky young man."

This case is only one example of how choosing an experienced legal team makes a huge difference.

According to Neil, families and individuals looking to pursue a claim for a serious injury should start by asking a leading charity in that field for a recommendation.

Neil added: "It is not just in securing the final awards that an experienced brain injury lawyer can prove more successful. Arranging a swift interim payment to fund specialist rehabilitation and cover the cost of modifying private accommodation to meet special needs can make all the difference to the quality of life of the individual and their family."

"I appreciate that the thought of making a claim for compensation can be daunting and emotionally draining. But interviewing a few specialist lawyers and reading their credentials before handing over the responsibility of handling the claim is a very wise move."

The Child Brain Injury Trust ‘Directory of Legal Services’ features information and contact details for the country’s leading Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury law firms. All firms have been thoroughly vetted by a dedicated panel of specialists and have agreed to abide to a code of conduct that has been set out by the Child Brain Injury Trust.

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