Serious injury lawyer and regional personal injury manager Lisa Gunner is a specialist in brain injury claims. Here she shares her advice for supporting those suffering from a brain injury.
According to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), a head injury is the most common cause of death and disability in people from the ages of one to 40 in the UK. 200,000 people are admitted to hospital every year with a head injury, with a fifth of those having a skull fracture or an injury to the brain.
Thankfully many of those admitted to hospital recover fully but some will suffer ongoing symptoms affecting their everyday life. Unlike other serious injuries, such as spinal injuries or amputations, brain injury is usually a hidden disability. This means it is not immediately visible to those the injured interact with.
Hidden difficulties may include problems with:
Brain injury sufferers may also have difficulties controlling their behaviour and act in an unpredictable or unexpected way. They may behave inappropriately without realising and may lack insight into their own difficulties.
The different parts of the brain are responsible for different functions. The most common injuries I come across when dealing with brain injury compensation claims are to the frontal lobe. This is the area of brain which controls our ability to make decisions, plan, impulsive control, reasoning and cognitive processing.
It is important to realise that brain injury affects people in different ways, and regardless of the severity and area of the brain injured, the effect can vary significantly from person to person. That variation makes it challenging to work out the best way to support someone with a brain injury.
The following are some examples of ways that I have come across during my work to support someone with a brain injury:
To discuss making a brain injury claim for yourself or a family member, please get in touch with our serious injury experts.
Brain injury is an invisible but often devastating injury that changes the life of the survivor and their loved ones. At Thompsons, we help support many brain injury survivors by securing compensation that includes care packages and rehabilitative support from those responsible for the injury.