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Brain Injury Claims

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Peter Rigby - Director of Medical Negligence | Last updated on: 22nd May, 2024

We've got your Brain Injury Claim covered

Someone is admitted to hospital every 90 seconds for a brain injury. These injuries generally occur due to an accident involving damage to the head. Unfortunately, there are also cases in which mistakes made by medical professionals can lead to brain injuries. In these circumstances, our specialist medical negligence experts are here to guide you on your journey to compensation.

Making a Brain Injury Claim

The impact of a brain injury can vary, from subtle injuries affecting a person’s mental well-being and cognition, to life-altering changes where individuals require constant medical care. At Patient Claim Line, we are determined to support all cases that we believe have grounds for a claim. No matter the severity of your brain injury, if you have suffered due to the negligence of a medical professional, we can help you to:

  • Find out if you have a claim during a no-obligation, completely free call
  • Understand the circumstances that led to your brain injury & how it could have been avoided
  • Understand why you are entitled to, and should, make a brain injury claim
  • Find out how much compensation you could be awarded

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What is a Brain Injury Claim?

Most brain injuries happen after a traumatic accident, such as a road traffic collision, and 95% of all brain injuries are considered to be mild with patients making a full recovery. Unfortunately, there are cases where brain injuries occur as a result of medical negligence. This happens when mistakes are made or when procedures are not followed correctly. Examples include medical professionals failing to diagnose a condition, like meningitis, which leads to a brain injury, or where surgery has been performed incorrectly. If your brain injury was caused, or contributed to, by a medical error at any stage then you may be entitled to make a brain injury claim.

Types of Brain Injury Claims

We have helped clients make brain injury claims for a vast number of reasons. The most common types of brain injury claims we help with are:

  • Stroke related brain injuries – Failure to properly investigate symptoms, such as a sudden loss of vision which has led to a stroke
  • Infant brain damage – Delayed caesarean sections can cause a deprivation of oxygen during delivery, which can lead to a baby being born with brain damage
  • Brain tumour diagnosis – A delay in brain tumour diagnosis, cancer misdiagnosis or a delay in treatment can mean the tumour is able to grow and, subsequently, cause brain damage
  • ENT infections – A failure to treat an ear, nose or throat (ENT) infection may result in brain damage
  • Inflammation of the brain – A failure to diagnose and treat inflammation of the brain
  • Infection related brain injuries – Any failure to diagnose or treat serious illnesses like sepsis or meningitis have been known to lead to life changing brain damage injuries

The Impact of Your Brain Injury

A brain injury can have a devastating effect on your life and on your loved ones. In the most severe cases, a brain injury can be life limiting, and you may now require round the clock care. Compensation can help you access rehabilitation or ongoing care. Long term effects of a brain injury that you may need regular support for include:

  • Amnesia
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Loss of balance
  • Slurred speech
  • Total loss of mental cognition
  • Paralysis

Compensation can go some way to helping you after a brain injury. As part of our commitment to helping you, we can direct you to many charities and support organisations like Headway.org.

How Do I Know if I Can Claim?

The most important factor when making a brain injury claim is proving that the medical negligence you experienced directly caused the brain damage and its effects. The most common examples we see of medical negligence in relation to brain injuries are:

  • Taking too long to diagnose or treat the illness or infection
  • Failing to send for the proper tests
  • Misinterpretation of test results
  • The wrong surgical procedure being carried out
  • Errors during surgery

If you have been affected by any of the above or believe that you have suffered a brain injury due to medical negligence, once you feel ready, give us a call on 0330 107 5318 to discuss your claim and how we can help.

Why Pursue a Brain Injury Claim?

A brain injury can often lead to a person being unable to work which can cause financial hardship. We understand the pressure this can put on you and your family, which is why we work tirelessly to get you the compensation and support you need. Compensation can help with any initial losses as well as take into account future costs you may incur including:

  • Loss of earnings, either whilst undergoing treatment or for the future if you are unable to return to work
  • Cost of ongoing medical treatment including rehabilitation
  • Changes to your home, for example if a brain injury has left you unable to walk
  • Paying for carers or for family members who have given up work to care for you
  • Emotional pain and suffering

Why Choose Patient Claim Line for Your Brain Injury Claim?

We know how devastating a brain injury can be to both you and your loved ones. Let our dedicated medical negligence team take the stress out of the claims process. With over 30 years’ experience in brain injury cases, we have our best legal advisors ready to help you access the care and support you need. Our solicitors are based throughout the UK and offer a truly personal and local service backed by one of the UK’s leading law firms. It’s not enough to have a solicitor who understands medical negligence, you need one who specialises in this area and can explore and investigate every avenue to get you the compensation you deserve.

No Win No Fee Brain Injury Claims

We operate on a No Win No Fee basis meaning that you will not be required to make any upfront payments and if your case is unsuccessful, there will be no financial penalties. To help ease financial difficulties arising during the claims process, we also strive to secure interim payments. Interim payments are sometimes available once the people responsible for your brain injury admit fault earlier on in the process. These payments can help pay for rehabilitation and settling any financial burdens quicker than expected.

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Why Choose Patient Claim Line for your Brain Injury Claim?

Not just lawyers — medical negligence experts

Patient Claim Line was established in 2014 and consists of a team of medical lawyers specialising in cancer negligence and general medical negligence claims.

At Patient Claim Line we have more than 100 solicitors with a combined experience of over 400 years and they will work on your behalf to achieve the best result possible for you.

It’s not enough to use a solicitor who sometimes covers medical negligence. You need someone who knows this area through and through. That is what the solicitors here at Patient Claim Line do. They deal exclusively in this area of law and are experts in the field.

Frequently asked questions about Brain Injury Claims

Our expert legal team answer your questions about making a Brain Injury Claim

A head injury claim could be worth hundreds of thousands of pounds according to the severity of the injury. Compensation exists as a blanket of financial aid to account for loss or reduction of income, the cost of rehabilitation and the care required following brain injuries that have impacted your independence. The amount of compensation awarded will be dependent on your individual circumstances and will consider how the injury has impacted your life.

The time limit for making a compensation claim is generally three years from the ‘date of knowledge’ which refers to the date in which you first became aware that a medical mistake had been made. This could be immediately after the incident or some time later. If you or the person affected is, or was, under the age of 18 at the time of the incident, the time limit is three years from their 18th birthday. This means that claims must be made prior to their 21st birthday.

If the person with the brain injury does not have the capacity to look after their own affairs, a ‘Litigation Friend’ can be appointed to make a claim on behalf of the person affected.

For individuals who do not hold the mental capacity to put forward a claim for their brain injury, there are also no time limits, however, it is important to seek legal advice on this.

Once a claim has been made, there will be an investigation to identify the contributing factors to the injury. This usually includes obtaining medical records and seeking expert opinions. It can be difficult to determine whether a brain injury was the result of medical negligence. However, if after listening to your story and collecting evidence, we believe that your brain injury case is strong, we will strive to achieve the best possible compensation for you to start rebuilding your life.

To make a brain injury claim, you should start by contacting a specialist medical negligence lawyer who can tell you whether you have grounds for a claim or not. Should you choose to pursue the claim, the law firm will take care of the entire process for you. They will access medical records, pay for experts and arrange any tests or evaluations. It is best to make a claim as early as possible to ensure you have strong evidence and you should proceed with a no win no fee arrangement for added peace of mind.

Meet our Brain Injury Team

  • Kate Lozynska

    Associate, Senior Solicitor & Specialist Litigator

  • Iain Dodd

    Partner, Senior Solicitor

  • Michael Gray

    Partner, Senior Solicitor

  • Claire Lloyd Durney

    Associate Solicitor

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    Sarah's Story

    "Now we have peace of mind"

    My husband, Nick, went back and forth to the doctors for a long time and tried everything the doctor recommended. But his illness got worse, to the point that he was in agony.

    In the end we got so desperate that we asked for a referral. The doctor was reluctant, so we had to consult a private hospital. That’s when we found out there was a tumour. It took years from the onset of his illness to finally start cancer treatment.

    He used to be a man with a lot to live for, but in the end he was in so much pain that he withdrew from the family. He became angry that nobody had helped him sooner, and the legal team were able to give him the validation that he was desperately seeking. The NHS confirmed if they had done more, Nick would still be alive today.