Brain Awareness Week, organised by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and the European Dana Alliance for the Brain, takes place from 16 – 22 March 2015.

The aim is to raise awareness of the progress, importance and benefits of brain science and research, both generally and in the context of brain injuries.

In the UK, someone is admitted to hospital with an acquired brain injury every 90 seconds according to the brain injury association, Headway. One million people in the UK are estimated to be living with the long-term effects of brain injury.

The effects of a brain injury can vary significantly and, in many cases, is life-changing. Symptoms include cognitive difficulties, memory loss, permanent brain damage and physical disability.

Thompsons Solicitors’ client Patrick O’Malley suffered a life changing brain injury after falling 23 feet from a scaffolding gantry at work. After four years in hospital undergoing intensive rehabilitation Patrick’s brain injury still affects his ability to walk, talk and use his arms. Watch Patrick’s story to learn more about his accident and life after suffering a brain injury.

Imogen Wetton, a serious injury solicitor based in Thompsons Solicitors’ Manchester office said: “Brain Awareness Week is an opportunity to raise the profile of the issue and gain support for increased brain research, while at the same time looking ahead to scientific developments which could make a great difference to the future prognosis of brain injury patients.

“At Thompsons we have worked with many people who have suffered a brain injury and with their families. The paramount initial and continuing aim is always to help them access support for their immediate and long-term rehabilitation and care needs. We have close relationships with support groups, client care co-ordinators and organisations like Headway to ensure that people like Patrick have access to the best possible support when adjusting to life after a brain injury.

“We see first-hand the importance of medical and scientific advancements relating to the brain and associated injuries, as well as the services which are integral to supporting a brain injury patient's rehabilitation.

“Brain Awareness Week provides a platform to get people talking about the brain and the effects of brain injuries, and, if initiatives like this lead to increased understanding of the way the brain functions, then we welcome them.”