Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI, is a catch-all phrase which covers a broad range of injuries. No head injuries are the same which is why lawyers who specialise in obtaining compensation for those who have suffered medical negligence, like Girlings Personal Injury Claims Ltd, treats each plaintiff on an entirely individual basis.
Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries are a direct result of an impact such as that from a fall, car accident, or assault. Acquired brain injuries (ABI) can be caused by loss of oxygen or blood during surgery, though the delayed or misdiagnosis of a stroke or hemorrhage, from being given incorrect medication, or as the result of complications or delays in childbirth. Both types of brain injury can vary hugely in their symptoms and effects depending on both the severity of the injury and the physical condition on the specific person affected.
The Effects of a Brain Injury
Brain injuries can result in anything from a headache or a mild concussion to severe cognitive and physical disabilities. Cognitive effects can include a person’s capacity to learn new facts, think clearly, and even remember names and faces of people previously familiar to them. Short term memory issues are quite common after a brain injury. A person may remember the name of their fourth-grade teacher but not recall what they had for breakfast, or even if they ate breakfast that day. More severe cognitive effects can lead to loss of vocabulary, spatial awareness, mood swings, and a limited concentration span.
Physical effects of a brain injury can include affected mobility, weakness, tremors, localised paralysis, impaired senses, extreme tiredness and lethargy, and even epilepsy. Both cognitive and physical effects can necessitate either full or part time care, and affect not just the injured person but also their family members.
Brain Injury Claims
Public funding may be available in the form of benefits such as the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) for those who are no longer able to work, and the Personal Independence Plan for people who struggle with mobility issues on a day-to-day basis. Headway, the UK’s Brain Injury Association, was established to assist those living with brain injuries.
Given that the long-term effects of brain injury can be so debilitating it is understandable that victims or their families seek financial compensation to help cover the cost of rehabilitation and the enormous expense of living with a disability. Compensation will also help secure their financial future if they are unable to work, or if their earning potential is severely diminished as a result of their injury. Government benefit payments are limited and dependent on government legislation around the assessment of claimants, so it is worth contacting a solicitor to find out what compensation you may be eligible for.
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