Wednesday, October 17, 2012

What to Do After a Head Injury

English: A CT of the head years after a trauma...
 …’a CT scan of the head showing an empty space marked by the arrow were the damage originally occurred’… (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
If you or any member of your immediate family has been affected by head or brain injury the first thing to do is deal with the injury and start on the road to recovery. The next step on that potentially long road is to either personally seek advice from a specialist head injury solicitor, or for your next of kin to seek professional advice. Almost every incidence of head injury or brain trauma is the result of the action, inaction, negligence or criminal activity of a third party. If you are unsure in any way who to turn to in order to seek legal advice, the person treating the victim for head injuries is often a good place to start. 

Head injury advice and where to get it

The first place anyone who has been affected by head injury and brain trauma should seek advice from is the person involved in the immediate treatment and aftercare. They are involved in dealing with incidents of head and brain injury every day and probably have details of a specialist law firm to hand which can offer head injury advice.

I say a specialist law firm because brain trauma advice and head injury advice are way above the normal personal injury claim, and require specialist knowledge and a strong legal team behind the claim. Not only will the entire team have specialist training, they will also have the backup of specialist accident and injury investigators. Investigating the exact cause and reason for the injury isn't enough.

Investigating the lead up to the injury, the circumstances surrounding the events which caused the injury and the after events are all crucial to any subsequent compensation claim. Not only should the head injury advice from the care team be taken into consideration but expert witness statements from specialists such as neurosurgeons  psychiatrists and nursing and after care experts such as physiotherapists, can all add weight to a valid claim for compensation for injuries.

Long term care and ongoing costs

Many victims of head injury and brain trauma make a full recovery but there are also a vast number of victims whose injuries mean their lives are irrevocably changed. They may be unable to return to their job because the injuries preclude them from physical work as a result of injuries and subsequent disability. It may be that the injuries sustained have changed their personality and they are unable to concentrate, are reduced to outbursts of anger or maybe worse. The victims of head and brain trauma are individuals and the ways in which injuries affect one person are as unique as the person affected.

Ongoing costs for care and medication are also compounded by the routine of everyday bills and living expenses, especially if there are mortgages to pay, children to educate and the myriad costs the average person has to face during their lives. No amount of financial compensation can turn back the clock, but it can take the worry out of what may be an uncertain future.

Graham Green is a freelance writer and has frequently written about and investigated the myriad circumstances which cause head and brain injury in the hope that head injury advice offered helps the victims face the future with confidence.

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