Head injuries are among the most common reasons patients attend the A&E Department. If you or a loved one has suffered head trauma, for example through a road traffic accident or a fall, Bakers Solicitors in Aldershot has the requisite expertise to assist you in making a claim. We will maximise your injury claim by working with top medical professionals who specialise in head injury and neurology to ensure that any financial settlement takes both the immediate and long-term effects of the injury into account.
Understanding Brain Injury
Despite the protection of the skull and cerebrospinal fluid, the brain remains very vulnerable. It has the consistency of jelly and lies suspended within the cranium, which is attached to the body by the cervical spine. Trauma therefore can easily be caused by rapid acceleration and deceleration, rotational forces and direct injury by sharp or blunt force. Consequently, many head injuries are the result of road traffic accidents, falls, assaults or accidents in the workplace or home.
Signs That Something More May Be Wrong
You do not need to strike your head or lose consciousness to suffer a minor traumatic brain injury. The effects of a minor traumatic brain injury can take time to manifest themselves, and the onset of symptoms may occur days, weeks or months after the initial injury. Symptoms can even be masked by depression or post-traumatic stress disorder.
The following lists several key indications that a brain injury may be more extensive:
- Headaches that worsen over time
- Constant mental fatigue
- Temper or sudden outbursts
- Sleep disturbance
- Impaired short-term memory
- Difficulty with multitasking
- Slurred speech or difficulty with communication
- Disinterest in hobbies
- Vomiting or nausea
- Problems with vision
- Hearing loss
- Seizures or loss of consciousness
We are often told by friends and family that a client is "not the person they used to be" since having an accident. Our specialist team of solicitors will gather evidence from family, friends, colleagues and experts in the fields of psychiatry, neurology and neuropsychology to compare and contrast behaviours before and after the accident. Consideration also needs to be made in occupational therapy and accountancy evidence.
Provision For Life-Altering Circumstances
Severe traumatic brain injuries that result in permanent physical or neuropsychological effects will have significant impact on a person's life and the lives of those around him or her. Depending on the severity of injury, the patient may be unable to work any longer or complete very simple routines such as dressing or feeding him- or herself. We will look at the fundamental needs of an injured party's life such as housing, care, case management, support aids, equipment and transport. We will then seek full and fair compensation to maximise the quality of the patient's life and independence going forward.
Compassionate Counsel And Guidance Through Every Step
Trying to make accurate predictions of the outcome early on after a head injury is extremely difficult. The full picture will generally emerge after a long time, 18 months to two years, and only after that length of time has elapsed will the true effect of the head injury be apparent.
Bakers' dedicated team will be with you every step of the way, making sure the correct evidence is gathered and appropriate treatment and support are given. An early assessment of your needs will be made so that the appropriate rehabilitation is provided quickly. After our initial assessment, each case is also assigned a serious injury case manager, who will be in charge of coordinating the care and services your loved one needs.
Turn To Us For Support
Our firm takes pride in helping clients in their hour of need, and we are routinely instructed when cases have been rejected by other firms. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your case in a free consultation. Call us on 01252 744600 or send us an email to reach one of our specialists.