What are the signs of a Brain Injury?
The effects of a brain injury can vary substantially. Sometimes it may be obvious something isn’t quite right, but at other times the symptoms are less apparent. Some things to look out for are:
- Visual disturbances
- Communication difficulties
- Difficulty in performing routine tasks
- Memory problems
- Concentration issues
- Sleep disturbance
If a loved one has been diagnosed with a brain injury, you can contact our team of Specialist Personal Injury Solicitors who will assess your case for free. We can visit you and your loved one, either at home or in hospital. If we think you have a case for compensation, we may be able to deal with it on a No Win No Fee basis.
What if the Injured Person is Unable to Make their Own Decisions?
If the person who has acquired a brain injury is unable to make a claim for themselves, either because of their medical condition or because they are under the age of 18, then you can do it on their behalf by becoming a Litigation Friend. The claim will be made in the same way it would if the person was making the claim themselves. The difference is that the Litigation Friend will give the instructions to the Solicitor, not the injured person.
Are There Time Limits on When I Can Make a Claim?
Yes, there’s a three-year time limit from the accident which caused the injuries or the date of diagnosis.
If you're making a claim on behalf of a child, a claim can be started at any point until their 18th birthday. At this point, the three-year limit will then start.
If the brain injury happened as a result of a violent crime, you can make a claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. If you use this method, then you only have two years to make your claim.
What Evidence do I Need?
When it comes to brain injuries, medical evidence is absolutely crucial. If the injury was caused by an accident, try and get any witness statements, photos or videos from the scene. Make sure that the accident is reported either to the police or to the company where it took place. Companies have a legal obligation to record any injuries on their premises in an accident report book. Your copy of this entry would make it almost impossible for them to deny the incident took place.