The Centre for Mental Health has put a price on the cost of traumatic brain injury at £15 billion per year. That may sound like an astronomical amount, but when you consider the far reaching consequences brain injury can have – that it affects 1.3 million people in the UK and that brain injuries account for 160,000 hospital stays every year – it becomes more understandable.
Not only can a head injury leave a person with physical limitations it doubles the likelihood that they will suffer from mental health issues at some point in the future even if they have never done so in the past. An even darker implication of traumatic brain injury (TBI) on the nation is that 60% of criminal offenders have suffered from a TBI.
Types of Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury is when an injury has been caused due to head trauma for example from a fall, car accident, or assault. An acquired brain injury (ABI) can result from conditions like a stroke, tumour, or brain haemorrhage. Unlike a genetic condition, ABI is something which happens at any point after someone is born.
Causes and Effects of TBI
Girlings Personal Injury Claims Ltd, solicitors who specialise in TBI claims, have worked with clients whose injury resulted from surgical errors and blood loss, mistakes when prescribing or dispensing medication, delays or avoidable complications in childbirth, and delayed or missed diagnosis of a stroke. Whether the injury was caused by accident, poor procedures, or medical incompetence is of no difference to the victim and their families who have to adapt their lives.
Traumatic Brain Injury is broken into moderate and severe categories with the first causing loss of consciousness for 15 minutes to six hours, or a duration of amnesia of up to 24 hours. Severe head injuries are defined when a patient has been unconscious for more than six hours, or where they have suffered post-traumatic amnesia for more than 24 hours.Effects can range from headaches and poor balance to extreme cognitive and physical difficulties necessitating around-the-clock care.
Personal Injury Compensation
Any financial claim will need to take into account the type and severity of an injury, the duration of rehabilitation, loss of earnings or those of the victim’s carer, and the psychological impact the victim suffers. Personal injury settlements are calculated to compensate for a person not being in the position they would have been had the injury not occurred. Every brain injury is unique so each claim is treated as such, with awards having been made not only for loss of earnings, but the cost of adapting housing and transport, and providing living aids and equipment.
It may be the furthest thing from your mind when your life has been altered dramatically by a brain injury, however the best chance of recovery comes with early rehabilitation. Instructing a solicitor to act on your behalf as early as possible will help them obtain medical intervention and treatment at this crucial time.
If you want to know more contact Girlings Personal Injury Claims Ltd today.