Child Brain Injury Claims
A head injury at any age can have a serious effect and long-term consequences, and with children, it can be very dangerous because their brain has not reached full growth yet. As a parent or a guardian for a child who has suffered an injury to the brain, it is obviously an emotional and very worrying situation with consequences that could affect the rest of their lives.
If you would like us to handle your personal injury claim for compensation, you can contact our Expert Personal Injury Lawyers using our contact form, or by phone on 01252 744600. We provide a free consultation to assess your case.
Claiming Compensation for your child
These injuries could be sustained in many ways, road traffic accidents, accidents at school or home, in public places however, it is important to speak to a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible after the accident has occurred in order to assess if there is a case for compensation, and where possible put in place early rehabilitation to help reduce the impact of the accident on the child’s future development.
When a child suffers a head or brain injury the outcome of any treatment received can be hard to predict. 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 clear.
With child head trauma, this may not be apparent until your child is old enough for a full prognosis. Education is an issue for those children who suffer from a brain injury as there are many questions that need to be considered. What support is in place from the school? Will a school dedicated to children with disabilities be better? How will I be able to pay for this education?
You may also need to consider additional needs outside of the standard educational sector, as occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and transport.
Compassionate Counsel And Guidance Through Every Step
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 child’s 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 child needs.
Parents of a seriously ill child need to be reassured that their children are getting the best possible care, both at home and in the hospital. This can be a worrying time for them, however thinking about your legal options may have to be one of the first things you do. This is because your child will be in urgent need for the treatment, and you may need to start funding some of the treatment and rehabilitation they will need.
Expert Brain Injury Solicitors
Our specialist brain injury solicitors in Aldershot, Hampshire, can help clients throughout England and Wales secure high levels of compensation. Our experienced team has the expertise to guide 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.
FAQs – Child Brain Injury
Is there a time limit for child brain injury claims?
Usually, the claimant has until your child is 18 to make a claim on their behalf for brain injury. However, once your child turns 18, they will have 3 years to bring their own claim forward.
In circumstances where your child lacks the mental capacity to bring a claim on their own behalf, there is usually no time limit for you to make the claim. However please gain expect advice to talk about your circumstances, every claim is different.
Who can claim compensation for a child’s brain injury?
The child’s parents or guardians would normally be the ones who would make a claim for compensation for a brain injury at birth or during childhood. However, after the child has turned 18, they will be able to make the claim themselves.
How much compensation can you claim for a child brain injury?
Every claim is different so this would depend on the circumstances. But this that would be taken into consideration would be:
- The impact the injury has had on the child and the possibility it could have on the rest of their lives.
- How serious the brain injury to the child is?
- If you have experienced any financial losses or have incurred any specific costs.
- Who is responsible for the accident.
What are the 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.
Talk To Our Specialist Head Injury Claims Solicitors 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, contact us online to arrange a free initial consultation or send us an email to reach one of our specialists.