"Child brain injury can remain hidden for years. You need expert advice to guide you through."
First and foremost, the best outcome includes obtaining the best financial settlement. However, on a wider scale we will put together a programme of recommended rehabilitation to provide the injured child with the best opportunity of a full physical recovery. We will take steps to provide the injured child with access to education to maximize their potential. We will also aim to provide a care package, overseen by a case manager, to allow the family to function as normally as possible in the circumstances.
We act for clients all around England, Wales and Scotland and our experienced solicitors will be happy to visit you at home or in hospital. We will discuss your case and try to ensure that what can be a confusing and daunting process is made as stress free and manageable as possible. Our dedicated Welfare Manager, who works with the NewLaw Serious Injury Team, is on hand at all times to assist with this process.
These claims may take many years to settle, as the full impact of the injury may not be obvious for some time. With this in mind, we aim to develop an excellent working relationship with you, as well as with the team of experts employed to support you. In that way, we aim to place the child and family at the centre of the decision making process.
What is Child Brain Injury?
According to the Child Brain Injury Trust, every 30 minutes a child or young person in the UK will acquire a brain injury of some severity. This could be the result of a car accident, a fall, an illness such as meningitis or encephalitis, a poisoning, a stroke or a brain tumour.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms of brain injury are many and varied. How the injury affects someone depends on which part of the brain is injured and how severe the injury is. It also depends on the individual themselves. However, some of the more common symptoms are as follows:
It may take many years for the effects of an injury to the adolescent brain to become fully apparent. As we grow up, the brain evolves through a number of developmental stages, many of which are associated with increases in the activity of the brain. If the brain is injured before any of these developmental milestones have been achieved, then it may not be until the brain has fully matured, and that all the brain’s functions have ‘come on line’, that we can fully appreciate the extent of any deficit that exists.
What you can do?
Seeking expert treatment for your injuries as soon as possible after the accident is very important. Studies suggest that the sooner rehabilitation is put in place for someone with a brain injury, the better their eventual recovery. With a child brain injury, support needs to be provided through education to ensure they achieve their best in that environment.
Often funding for the necessary support is hard to come by from the NHS, statutory services and the local authority. You need expert support to understand what you are entitled to and how you can ensure that you receive it.
How can claiming for compensation help me?
Claiming compensation will give your child access to the best rehabilitation providers and maximise their recovery following the accident. The NHS provides excellent care at the acute stage following an injury, but long term rehabilitation, especially in the community, can be lacking. Making a successful claim for compensation will mean funding is made available for a range of expert input including:
With this support the injured child has the best chance of achieving an independent and fulfilling life. Their families can ensure they are allowed to remain as mum, dad, brother or sister and not become carer, therapist, support worker or other role that would change their relationship needlessly.
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