The Practicalities of a Brain Injury


The medical care and attention you receive after a brain injury is essential to your recovery. But, little thought is even given to the practicalities of a brain injury in helping families in the right direction.

Suffering a Traumatic Brain Injury can be life changing

Children and Brain Injuries

If your child has been the victim of a traumatic brain injury, this may have an impact on your child benefit. If your child is in hospital or residential care for more than 12 weeks, you are no longer entitled to child benefit unless you fall within one of the exceptions. Child benefit is often used to provide your child with what they need, it is a source of help from the government that helps families to stay out of financial trouble.

If your child is in a UK hospital or residential care and you spend regularly on them, you will be exempt from losing your child benefit. The only thing not made clear is if the money you are using to provide things for your child comes from the child benefit. In this instance, if you were not to inform the Child Benefit authorities that your child was in hospital, there could potentially be a mix up.

If you are an adult who has suffered a traumatic brain injury you may face the uphill battle of adapting your property following your injury and having to change your lifestyle.

Driving and Home Adaptions

Informing the DVLA may be the last thing on your mind following a traumatic brain injury, but it is extremely important. You must tell the DVLA if you have suffered a traumatic brain injury. If you don’t tell them and the condition affects your ability to drive, they can fine you up to £1,000. You may even be prosecuted if you're involved in an accident that was the result of your brain injury. If you have a combination of medical conditions that within themselves don’t render you incapacitated to drive, collectively they may be enough to render you a risk on the road.

If you fall into Group 1 in regards to cars or motorcycles, you are usually required to take between 6 and 12 months off driving, depending on the features of your condition. If you're a lorry or bus driver you fall into Group 2 and you could possibly have your licence refused or revoked.

This can be devastating if you believe that your condition does not affect your ability to perform on the job. If this is you, then you need to speak to a motoring solicitor. Not only can we help if your condition was a result of an accident with medical negligence compensation, our motoring solicitors can try to help you get your licence back.

Another issue that needs to be highlighted for people with brain injuries is the adaptation of their homes. Rarely are houses already accessible for wheelchairs or have enough space to accommodate them. Not only can a compensation claim help with those adaptions, if your pre-existing house is not suitable for change then your compensation can help to pay for a new home. Everything from builder's fees to property search consultation fees can be included in your compensation for your benefit.

Simpson Millar LLP concentrates on the practicalities of brain injury because we know that they can be catastrophic life changing events. With our help, we can help you to get a better quality of life and take those to account who failed you in the process.

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