Meningitis Brain Injury Claims
Meningitis is a serious medical condition involving the inflammation of the protective tissues surrounding the brain. There are three types of meningitis - viral, fungal and bacterial, of which bacterial meningitis is usually the most serious. While the majority of people with meningitis make a full recovery, if the disease is not treated quickly and effectively, it can lead to lifelong complications, including the potential for an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI).
Meningitis can affect both children and adults, with the potential long-term damage generally being much more serious for children. Adults with an Acquired Brain Injury due to meningitis may have long term problems and deficits with memory, intelligence, motor skills, attention and mood, while childhood-meningitis survivors can be left with learning difficulties and cerebral palsy.
If you or a loved one suffered harm to your health due to negligent treatment of meningitis, you may be entitled to claim compensation. This is often essential to help you deal with the practical consequences of these diseases, including paying for private medical treatment and therapeutic support, buying specialist equipment and funding life-long care where required. Compensation can also replace lost income where you or your loved one have had to give up work.
Meningitis compensation claims are often very high in value and can be complicated and contentious, with a high standard of proof required for a successful claim. It is therefore critical to have specialist legal advice and support from the outset when considering pursuing a meningitis brain injury claim.
IBB Claims medical negligence team have strong experience with all types of brain injury claims, having helped a number of clients to secure substantial damages over the years. We can offer the expertise and skilled advocacy needed to help you achieve the best available result under even the most difficult circumstances.
We offer a free initial consultation for all head and brain injury claims so we can get a clear understanding of your situation and give an honest assessment of whether we think you have a claim worth pursuing.
Where we believe your claim justifies further investigation, we are usually able to offer a no-win no-fee agreement. This means there is normally no upfront cost to start a meningitis brain injury claim with IBB.
To start a meningitis brain injury compensation claim, call us today on 0333 123 9099. Alternatively, you can email us at email@example.com or use the contact form on the right to request a callback.
- No WinNo Fee
- FREE initial consultation
- Help with rehabilitation
Our expertise with meningitis negligence claims
Our medical negligence lawyers and personal injury lawyers regularly support clients all over England and Wales with all types of brain injury claims.
We are able to secure substantial compensation for our clients in relation to issues such as:
- Misdiagnosis and late diagnosis of bacterial meningitis
- Failure to recognise symptoms of bacterial meningitis
- Failure to order appropriate diagnostic tests for bacterial meningitis
- Failure to correctly interpret the result of diagnostic tests
- Negligent treatment of meningococcal septicaemia
We are accredited by the Law Society for Personal Injury Law reflecting our expertise in this area. IBB Claims’ partner Malcolm Underhill has particular expertise with all types of brain injuries, being accredited as a Brain Injury Specialist by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).
Our team has also been recognised by Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500, the two leading client guides to the legal profession, for our exceptional skill in handling clinical negligence claims.
Legal 500 judges IBB as having a “excellent” personal injury department with its “attention to detail, client-focussed approach, above-average commitment, decisive and timely communication and organisation” with special interest in brain and spinal injury..” and “puts the client’s interests at the forefront of every decision.” Simon Pimlott has “a real eye for detail and works incredibly hard to get the best result for each client.”
Chambers describes Malcolm as being a highly experienced personal injury practitioner with a strong focus on cases that involve brain injury. A client notes: "He is a very personable, sympathetic professional that has helped us as a family….."
How we handle meningitis brain injury compensation claims
Most meningitis brain injury claims can be resolved out-of-court through negotiation and other alternative dispute resolution methods. Even where court proceedings are initiated, we can often still secure a pre-trial settlement, allowing you to avoid a court hearing.
This approach means we can usually secure compensation for you faster and at lower cost, as well as saving you and your family the stress and uncertainty of dealing with court proceedings.
Where court action is required, however, we have the experience and expertise needed to secure the best available result. With strong links with various specialist barristers and other professional experts, we can ensure access to all of the relevant knowledge and skills to give you the best possible representation at all times.
Our no win no fee meningitis brain injury claims service
We typically represent our clients on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis, more properly known as a ‘conditional fee agreement’.
With a no win, no fee meningitis brain injury claim, you will not need to pay any legal fees or expenses upfront and will only need to contribute towards these costs if your claim is successful. This means there is no financial barrier to starting a claim for most people.
To ensure our fees are completely transparent, we provide a full breakdown of the likely costs at the outset. This will show how we calculate our fees (usually based on a percentage of any damages secured) and other costs, such as court fees.
You will then have all the information you need to decide whether to proceed with a claim supported by our team. A client has said, “we were reassured by the no win, no fee guarantee as well as IBB's instructions to take out an insurance for every possibility.”
To find out more about the costs of a meningitis brain injury claim, please get in touch.
Who can pursue a claim for a meningitis brain injury?
If the injured party is an adult, they may be able to make a claim themselves, unless they are considered to lack mental capacity as a result of their injuries. If they lack mental capacity, a loved one will usually be able to pursue a claim on their behalf by acting as a ‘litigation friend’.
You will need to apply to a court for permission to become a litigation friend, which will usually be straightforward if you are already acting as a person’s Court of Protection deputy. As a litigation friend, you have the authority to make decisions about the claim on behalf of the injured party.
If the injured party is under 18, it will usually be their parents or guardian who pursues a claim for them. If the injury occurred when they were under 18, but they have now turned 18, who is able to pursue the claim will again depend on whether the injured party is considered to have mental capacity.
How much compensation can you claim for a meningitis brain injury?
The value of a meningitis brain injury claim will depend on factors including:
- How serious the meningitis-related brain damage is
- The impact this has had on the claimant’s life
- Any specific costs incurred or expected to be incurred due to the brain injury
There are two types of damages you can normally claim for a meningitis brain injury:
Special damages – For specific costs incurred up to the date of settlement. This can includes costs such as paying for private medical treatment, buying special equipment and lost income.
General damages – For non-financial losses, such as pain, suffering and lifestyle changes, as well as expected future financial losses, e.g. paying on-going care support.
We will provide a highly accurate valuation of the claim at earliest opportunity, so you will have a clear idea of what you may be able to achieve before deciding how to move forward.
Time limits for meningitis brain injury claims
The exact time limit for claiming meningitis brain injury compensation will depend on the individual circumstances.
If you are making a claim for an injury you experienced as an adult, you will normally have 3 years from the time the injury occurred or from when you became aware of it.
If you are making a claim for someone who was under 18 when the injury occurred, you will normally have until they turn 18 to do so. If this is not done, they will then be able to bring their own claim until they turn 21.
However, if a person with an acquired brain injury due to meningitis is deemed not to have the mental capacity to bring a claim of their own, then there is usually no time limit for someone else to bring a claim on their behalf.
Get in touch with our expert meningitis brain injury claims solicitors today
To arrange your free consultation on starting a meningitis brain injury claim, please call us on 0333 323 1640, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the contact form on the right to request a call back.