Personal Injury Claims

 

Head & Brain Injuries

If you have been affected by a head injury or brain injury, we are here to support you. We understand that this will be an incredibly traumatic time, and for this reason, we will take away as much of the responsibility for your claim as we can.

 

Being affected by a head injury or a brain injury can have a lasting impact on the lives of the injured person and their family in many ways. In the most serious cases, such injuries can lead to physical problems with movement, balance and speech, and also impairments such as poor memory, limited attention span and personality changes. At Smith Jones, we understand how such changes can dramatically alter the lives of those affected and we are here to support you in making a claim.

 

When making a head injury claim or a brain injury claim, it is important to consider the ways that you have been affected by the accident. Have you found yourself affected by any of the following?

  • Memory impairment
  • Problems with movement and balance
  • Loss of limb control
  • Problems with speech
  • Changes in behaviour

 

Strict time limits apply for making a personal injury compensation claim so please seek expert legal advice as soon as you think you may have a valid claim for compensation.

 

It is important to provide us with as much information about the accident as you can. We understand this may be difficult as you will have been through a very traumatic experience, but this should contain as much detail as possible, even things that you may initially think are insignificant.

 

We understand that you may not be in a position to pursue a claim at such a difficult time and that researching and instructing solicitors to act for you may be the last thing you feel like tackling but making a claim to many is seen as a positive step towards recovery.

 

In this type of claim, our team would generally speak to a family member, appointed by the injured person to pursue the claim on their behalf (known as a litigation friend). We can talk the appointed person through the process of making a claim for compensation and explain in more detail, how we can help along the way.

 

We have many years of experience pursuing head and brain injury claims on behalf of claimants and their families and have the expertise required to ensure a positive outcome and an appropriate level of compensation to secure your rehabilitation and financial needs.

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Our Commitment to Improving Life for Those Affected by Head and Brain Injuries:

 

In addition to assisting those affected by head and brain injuries in claiming compensation, we are also committed to improving the lives of those affected. Our team have extensive experience working alongside brain injury case managers and other professionals responsible for protecting the client’s best interests throughout their rehabilitation.  Over many years, we have established strong working relationships with these professionals to ensure cases involving a serious injury can move forward in the most efficient way possible to support the client’s recovery. This is highlighted by our role in backing the launch of ‘The Serious Injury Guide’.

 

In June 2016, in his capacity as Vice President of APIL, Brett Dixon was invited to speak at the APIL ‘Advanced Brain and Spinal Injury Conference’. Brett provides training to other leading lawyers in this area and explains the importance of sharing expertise with other professionals such as medical consultants, scientists, and experts in fields as diverse as spinal cord rehabilitation, cycle helmet safety, brain imaging, traumatically induced strokes, technology developments to assist injured people, and sports injuries.

 

In an article about his role, Brett explains ‘Injuries come in all shapes and forms and can occur at any time whether you are at home, out walking or at work. The most difficult to deal with for the injured person, and their family, are those that are catastrophic in nature. In these situations, a lawyer’s skill set is crucial; they need to have a detailed, technical ability in the law, as well as an understanding of the immediate and ongoing needs of the injured person and their family. More so than in any other area, it is important that a lawyer is up to date and knowledgeable in order to handle the case effectively.

 

That is why Smith Jones, along with myself, are committed to sharing expertise. Without this, or keeping up to date on all the developments in the area, we could not serve our clients at the level that is needed and deserved.’

 

If you would like to discuss a head injury or brain injury that you have been affected by, we are here to help you. Call us on 0800 195 9590 to talk to one of our expert solicitors. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are ready to take your call.

FAQ About Head & Brain Injuries

HEAD INJURIES

The severity of a head injury can vary greatly; ranging from cuts, bruises and fractures to the most serious cases of paralysis or acquired brain injury.

Head injuries can be sustained in any number of accident, whether it be at home, on the road or at work. If your injuries have been caused by the negligence of another, our team are here to provide you with the advice you need to claim compensation for your injuries.

The severity and impact of a head injury are often difficult to diagnose initially, and precautionary steps are always advised in relation to the medical attention you seek. We work alongside medical professionals and instruct an expert to provide an independent assessment to ensure our clients are compensated fully for their injuries and have access to any medical treatment or rehabilitation that they may require.

For more information about a potential head injury claim, call our friendly and professional team on freephone 0800 195 9590 or alternatively, submit an enquiry online and we’ll call you back.

ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY

According to the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust, National statistics from 2013/14 indicated that almost 349,000 people in the UK were admitted to hospital with an acquired brain injury, and that at least one million people were living with the long-term effects of acquired brain injury.

There are many potential causes of acquired brain injury; amongst the most common causes are road traffic accidents and falls where a blow to the head is sustained.

The long-term effects of brain injury vary widely and the impact of a brain injury on family life can be challenging for everybody with so many changes to cope with. Changes to personality, emotions and behaviour can be particularly difficult to face and a great deal of uncertainty can be experienced during this traumatic time.

Smith Jones are proud to support Headway – the brain injury association. Headway is a charity that aims to promote understanding of all aspects of brain injury. In doing this it provides information, support and services to survivors of brain injury, their families and carers. Smith Jones became corporate members to formally support the work that they do.

Finding the right solicitor to support you throughout your claim is an extremely important decision. In addition to securing compensation, they will help and support in many different areas, bringing with them a wealth of experience from past cases. The right solicitor will be up to date will all the latest developments in rehabilitation and assistive technology and will work alongside a trusted network of case management professionals to provide constant expert assistance in managing finances and care. Your solicitor should also campaign for the provision of interim payments to ease the financial strain following an accident.

OUR COMMITMENT TO IMPROVING LIVES

In addition to assisting those affected by head and brain injuries in claiming compensation, we are also committed to improving the lives of those affected. Our team have extensive experience working alongside brain injury case managers and other professionals responsible for protecting the client’s best interests throughout their rehabilitation.  Over many years, we have established strong working relationships with these professionals to ensure cases involving a serious injury can move forward in the most efficient way possible to support the client’s recovery. This is highlighted by our role in backing the launch of ‘The Serious Injury Guide’.

In June 2016, in his capacity as Vice President of APIL, Brett Dixon was invited to speak at the APIL ‘Advanced Brain and Spinal Injury Conference’. Brett provides training to other leading lawyers in this area and explains the importance of sharing expertise with other professionals such as medical consultants, scientists, and experts in fields as diverse as spinal cord rehabilitation, cycle helmet safety, brain imaging, traumatically induced strokes, technology developments to assist injured people, and sports injuries.

In an article about his role, Brett explains ‘Injuries come in all shapes and forms and can occur at any time whether you are at home, out walking or at work. The most difficult to deal with for the injured person, and their family, are those that are catastrophic in nature. In these situations, a lawyer’s skill set is crucial; they need to have a detailed, technical ability in the law, as well as an understanding of the immediate and ongoing needs of the injured person and their family. More so than in any other area, it is important that a lawyer is up to date and knowledgeable in order to handle the case effectively.

That is why Smith Jones, along with myself, are committed to sharing expertise. Without this, or keeping up to date on all the developments in the area, we could not serve our clients at the level that is needed and deserved.’

If you would like to discuss a head injury or brain injury that you have been affected by, we are here to help you. Call us on 0800 195 9590 to talk to one of our expert solicitors. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are ready to take your call.

HOW LONG CAN A CLAIM FOR A BRAIN INJURY TAKE?

The length of a claim for brain injury can depend entirely on the type of brain injury sustained, but one of our senior team will be happy to discuss your claim to explain how we can help and how long we expect the claim to take.

During the course of your claim you may require specialist medical attention and rehabilitation alongside other supporting services which may add to the length of your claim, all of which will be discussed with you and those supporting you. No matter how long your claim takes, one of our senior team will always be at hand to answer any concerns that you may have regarding your claim or your injuries.

FAQ ABOUT SMITH JONES

How long have Smith Jones been handling brain injury cases?

Smith Jones Solicitors have been representing clients for almost 30 years and have extensive experience in handling brain injury claims, consequently we understand the implications of a life changing head or brain injury and how it can affect the victim and those close to them.

 

Who will be dealing with my case?

Smith Jones Solicitors is a specialist personal injury firm. Our solicitors are experts in personal injury claims and don’t act for clients in any other areas of law. Claims involving brain injury are handled by our most senior team of solicitors due to their severity and the level of in-depth understanding required to ensure the best outcome for the client and their family. Each member of our brain injury team has over 30 years of legal experience.

 

Will I receive any support if I need special care/treatment?

Our highest priority is your care and rehabilitation. Our solicitors will work with you to ensure that the right professionals are in place to manage your case and provide support throughout your claim.

Alongside compensation for your physical injuries, your specialist solicitor will take the costs of future care and rehabilitation into account when valuing your claim. In addition to these costs, your solicitor will calculate any loss of earnings (making an allowance for any potential reduced capacity in the future), unexpected expenses and any mobility aids and home modifications that you may require as a result of your injury to ensure you are properly compensated for the consequences of somebody else’s negligence.

DO YOU BELONG TO ANY PROFESSIONAL BODIES?

Corporate membership of Headway, the brain injury association, is a way in which we uphold our commitment to providing the best and most effective service we can to the victims of brain injury and their families. Our senior team also includes a lifetime member of Headway who has been an active member of the charity since 1993.

Lexcel is the Law Society’s legal practice mark for excellence in legal practice management and client care. Smith Jones have gained this accreditation for its adherence to the highest standards of client care and practice management.

The Law Society also offer accreditation for solicitors who meet the best standards of practice in technical expertise and client service in personal injury law. This independent accreditation scheme has provided Smith Jones with recognition for undertaking personal injury work.

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has been fighting for the rights of injured people for over 25 years. Smith Jones Solicitors have gained APIL Accreditation for its work and dedication to changing the law, protecting and enhancing the access to justice and improving the services for victims of personal injury. Our own Consultant solicitor, Brett Dixon recently became the President of the association; testimony to the calibre of expertise within the Smith Jones team.

Smith Jones are also proud members of the Motor Accident Solicitors Society, who aim to promote the highest standards of legal services in bringing justice to the victims of Road Traffic Accidents.

CAN I APPLY FOR INTERIM PAYMENTS WHILE THE CASE PROGRESSES?

Brain injury claims can take several years to resolve and as such we will apply for interim payments at an early stage in the claim wherever possible to ease the financial strain you may be experiencing as a result of your injuries. Any early payments you receive throughout your claim will then be deducted from the final compensation awarded. Interim payments are common in high value cases to prevent the injured person from enduring any additional hardship as a result of their accident.

Smith Jones was involved in the launch of ‘The Serious Injury Guide’, a publication by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) which allows claimant and defendant firms to secure the best outcomes for victims of serious personal injury. By reducing the time taken to establish who is at fault, we can ensure interim funding is in place from the outset, meaning that clients will have adequate support throughout the rehabilitation process.

What are my funding options?

There is no upfront commitment to pursuing a personal injury claim through Smith Jones Solicitors, which means that there is no financial risk to you. After suffering a serious head or brain injury, financial difficulty should be the last thing you worry about and so we will always endeavour to obtain interim payments wherever possible to ease any unnecessary burden you may face at an already distressing time. Our legal fees will be claimed upon conclusion of the case and receipt of your compensation, but you will retain the majority of your settlement to ensure that you are in a position to continue life as you would have had the injury never occurred. As with all serious personal injury claims, we would invite you to call and speak to a member of our senior team regarding the funding options available.

WHAT CAN BE CLAIMED FOR?

We are here to support you whether your case involves a clear cut claim for damages, or a complex claim that requires future care and rehabilitation arrangements.

With a team of solicitors who are dedicated to claims of this type and will utilise every aspect of their expertise, we will recover the maximum compensation for the injuries you have sustained. With any claim, we will also work to ensure that you are not only fully compensated for the injuries sustained, but also for any other unexpected expenditure too.

 

When making a claim we will also bear in mind how the accident has affected your everyday life, career, relationships and the lives of those around you.

Examples of what can be claimed for, include:

  • The physical injuries you have suffered and the lasting effects of these
  • Loss of earnings due to being unable to work, or work at a limited capacity, as a result of the injuries you have suffered
  • Unexpected expenses incurred as a result of the injuries you have suffered
  • The costs for future care and rehabilitation
  • Mobility aids and home modifications

HOW LONG DO YOU HAVE TO MAKE A CLAIM FOR A HEAD OR BRAIN INJURY?

Claims generally need to be made within 3 years of an accident. There are exceptions to this which apply to children under the age of 18 (who will have 3 years from the date of their 18th Birthday to bring a claim) and cases involving a person with severe brain injuries.

In the case of severe brain injury, the court may decide that the normal time limits do not apply. This should not be relied upon and specialist legal advice should be sought from a lawyer with experience in this complex area.