Claiming Compensation for a Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury (known as TBI) can range from minor injuries to total brain damage.  It can be caused by any kind of accident: people can fall from buildings or trip over on broken paving stones.  Brain injury can also be caused by sports injuries and assaults.  An injury to the head can knock the brain onto the side of the skull, damaging the peripheral areas of the brain.

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Car accidents are one of the major causes of TBI.  As with whiplash, when a car going forwards crashes into another vehicle or stationary object, the head is ‘whipped’ backwards and then forwards.  The brain itself is rocked to the front of the skull, then to the back, damaging the frontal lobes and the back of the brain.  This is also known as an acceleration/deceleration injury, and because it is a ‘closed head injury’ it may not be obvious for some time.  For this reason, if you have suffered a knock to the head it is important for someone to monitor your behaviour and if necessary, for you to have an MRI scan.

What are the symptoms of traumatic brain injury?

Open head injuries are where the skin or skull has been penetrated or broken, and the injury is obvious because of the pain and the obvious break in the skull.  Traumatic Brain Injury is more serious, and to prove it very often one needs to monitor the symptoms.

The physical symptoms include pain, headaches, problems with balance, loss of sense of smell and slurring of words.  Concussion can also make you feel nauseous.

Cognitive behaviour refers to memory.  When the temporal lobes of the brain are damaged it can lead to short or long term memory loss, impaired judgment, difficulty to concentrate and a reduced ability to process information.

The emotional symptoms are often the most serious, as brain injury can lead to long term problems with depression, agitation and anxiety.  It can cause mood swings and changes in behaviour.  These types of symptoms can have a devastating effect on your life, and may ruin your relationships or career.

Can I claim financial compensation for a Traumatic Brain Injury?

If you suffered an accident which was not your fault and which brought about a Traumatic Brain Injury you will incur costs, be they for medical fees or travel expenses.  Your life may be altered, and you may suffer pain – physical or psychological – which may require expensive medical treatment for years to come.

TBIs are difficult to asses, and it is even more difficult to assess the extent of the damage.  It is therefore important to instruct medico-legal experts who are trained to assess the injury and its likely effect on the rest of your life.

Contact us  at Manners Pimblett and our traumatic brain injury experts can assess your claim and fight for the compensation you deserve.  We offer NO WIN NO FEE* agreements on personal injury matters. So call us today.  0845 077 0772. 

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