What is a traumatic brain injury?
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when there is a blow to the skull, or it is penetrated by an object that interrupts the normal functioning of the brain.
Causes may include:
- An outside object impacting the skull
- A slip, trip or fall
- Motor vehicle crashes
- Sports injuries
- Chemical poisoning
- Lack of oxygen (hypoxia)
In all cases, part of the brain becomes damaged and depending on the severity, the problems that result can be mild to severe. Unfortunately, it can take weeks or even months to establish the full extent of the injuries.
What happens immediately following a TBI?
Following the injury, the patient is typically taken to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), where a dedicated clinical specialist closely monitors them. During this time, numerous scans will be taken to investigate the extent of any damage to the brain tissue, and a plan of care established. The medical team looking after you or your loved one keep you up-to-dated with the progress of the patient. Surgical intervention may be needed, e.g. to relieve pressure on the brain and control bleeding. Following a period in ICU, assuming that the patient is out of immediate danger and responding to treatment, they will be taken to a ward to continue the next stage of their care.
What is brain injury rehabilitation?
Once the patient is stable from a medical perspective, they will be able to start rehabilitation. Rehabilitation for TBI provides the best chance that a person will recover to the greatest extent possible. A variety of therapeutic methods can be provided by different rehabilitation specialists; including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech & language therapists, psychologists, dieticians, doctors and nurses. Rehabilitation can be undertaken on the ward as an inpatient, as an outpatient, in a community setting or even at home. Therapeutic interventions will address each part of the body that has been affected, to gradually elicit as much normal functioning as possible. Within the brain itself, recovery is possible by training parts of the unaffected brain to compensate for the damaged areas by using a phenomenon known as ‘neural plasticity’ - which explains the brain's ability to change and adapt.
How IBB Claims can help
By contacting IBB Claims as early as possible, our brain-injury personal injury solicitors will provide a guiding hand when you need it most. Our job is not only to seek compensation for the brain injury but to ensure the best possible outcome for your loved one. We will:
- Appoint a dedicated solicitor: From the start, you will have a single appointed specialist solicitor who is highly experienced in cases of severe brain injury. Our solicitors are empathetic and will support you each step of the way.
- Seek immediate financial support: In the initial days and weeks while in hospital, your solicitor will engage with the appropriate insurers to obtain funds to cover any immediate out of pocket expenses (parking, travel, hotel, childcare).
- Ensure that the best rehabilitation plan: Under court rules the solicitor for the victim and the third-party insurer are highly encouraged to work quickly and closely to ensure a rehabilitation plan is created and implemented. The 2015 Rehabilitation Code is used as a framework to enable both parties to agree on a plan that will make rehabilitation a priority.
Can I claim compensation?
To make a claim for compensation, we would need to prove that a person or company had been negligent, and those negligent actions can directly be attributed to the injury. If you are unsure, contact one of our solicitors today, who will be able to quickly establish if you have a valid case.
How long will the process take?
This depends on the complexity of your case and the severity of the brain injury. Most brain injury claims are settled within 18-36 months.
What can I claim compensation for?
The amount that may be awarded will vary considerably depending on the details of each case, however, we will seek damages for:
- Out of pockets expenses
- Any additional medical or psychological treatment
- Modification to the home or vehicle – whether permanent or temporary
- Loss of earnings – including future earnings
- Stress, anxiety and depression
How much will it cost to make a claim?
At IBB Claims we provide ‘conditional fee arrangements’, otherwise known as ‘no win, no fee’. This means that if your claim is unsuccessful, you will not have to pay any legal fees to our solicitors.
Because we are shouldering the risk of your claim, you can, therefore, feel confident that we believe it has a reasonable chance of success.
We will fully explain all your options to you when you come in to see us.
If you would like further information on making a compensation claim for traumatic brain injury, please call our office on 0333 123 9099