Thompsons Solicitors was proud to participate in the first All Party Parliamentary Group for Acquired Brain Injury last month, an event aimed at highlighting issues vital to improving the care of brain injury victims in the UK.

Chaired by Chris Bryant MP, and organised by brain injury charity UKABIF, the event saw speakers Professor Diane Playford, Colonel John Etherington and Professor David Menon present on important issues such as rehabilitation for economic growth, the global impact of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and acquired brain injury (ABI). MPs, peers and members of the brain injury community in attendance also discussed key themes around ABIs, such as:

  • causes of ABI
  • crime and offending behaviour
  • neurorehabilitation service provision
  • education
  • concussion in sport.

Click to read the report of recommendations provided following the meeting.

Thompsons Solicitors regularly attends events such as this to stay abreast of developments in the treatment and rehabilitation of brain injuries, and to communicate the vital role rehabilitation services play in helping victims regain their lives after injury. The firm also has longstanding working relationships with leading brain injury charities across the UK, to which clients are signposted in order to receive expert support following an ABI. 

One of Thompsons Solicitors’ brain injury specialists who attended the event, said: “Whether caused by a road traffic accident, medical negligence or an accident at work, brain injuries are devastating and often life-changing. It’s key that discussions around treatment, causes and rehabilitation happen to ensure those affected are given the best chance of rebuilding their lives post-injury.

“One important observation made by Professor Playford in this meeting surrounded the impact rehabilitation services have on the NHS. Not only are they a significant part of the care process, but they also reduce the burden on frontline services, so it’s vital that their funding is continued to ease the strain on our over-stretched health service.

“We’re proud to not only work alongside UKABIF, but a number of other charities and support groups, to ensure our clients receive expert support following a serious injury. I hope that this is the first of many open forums where key developments and concerns around brain injuries can be discussed.”