Monday, December 29, 2008

Securing Compensation For Brain Injury

If you are reading this review because one of your relatives or friends has recently suffered a catastrophic brain injury, you or may be facing a wide range of conflicting emotions and extraordinary distress as you come to terms with the consequences of such a serious accident.The problems that a brain injury can present are wide ranging. In its most extreme form, a loved one who has experienced a brain injury may be in a coma or a persistent vegetative state; this is where the brain injury victim is unable to regain consciousness and activity in the brain is low. In these circumstances, a continued stay in hospital or a nursing home is usually the only option available. However, these cases are rare and more frequently the victim of a brain injury will recover consciousness and will be able to be discharged from hospital to return home. However, they may be seriously affected by the brain injury and may be completely unable to care for themselves.

However, not all brain injury will produce such severe symptoms. There are also milder cases of brain injury where, for example, a loved one may lose the ability to remember what was said a few moments previously, but function quite normally in all other respects. Care will still be required, but to a lesser extent.

Unfortunately, it is impossible to accurately predict the extent and consequences of a brain injury resulting from a head trauma in the early stages following an accident; in many cases, the full effects will only become apparent with time. Perhaps the hardest fact to come to terms with is that the chances of a full recovery from a brain injury are slight. Unlike many other body tissues, our nervous system is not able to repair itself very effectively, even with time. This means that the effects of a brain injury must be considered to be permanent.

Should you find yourself in a position where one of your relatives or friends have suffered a serious brain injury, the time will come when your loved one can be brought home, and day-to-day responsibility for care will pass to you and specialist nursing and care staff. This means that practical plans must be made to care for a loved one who has experienced a brain injury as rapidly as possible for the months and years ahead, and this is where specialist advice from a legal firm with considerable experience in handling, managing and executing brain injury claims is essential.

After diagnosis of a brain injury, the most important step a family can take is to ensure adequate compensation awards are sought from the relevant insurers. The considerations that must be made in cases of brain injury are many and complex and only one compensation award will be made. If the sum awarded as compensation for the brain injury proves to be inadequate to provide lifelong care, there is no opportunity to go back to the courts to ask for further funds at a later date. Furthermore, you will need financial and practical assistance both before and after the brain injury compensation case has been heard; when a final settlement may take up to five years to achieve, this is an important consideration to bear in mind when selecting your legal firm.

A legal practice that specialises in serious brain injury compensation cases will do far more than merely fight your case for you in the courts. A good firm will be able to assist you in finding expert staff as well as helping you to manage the day to day living requirements of a patient with a brain injury. Further, firms that speicialse in serious injury law are likely to have a wide range of managed care solutions that are offered to their clients, free of charge, and for the lifetime of their brain injury client.

Having to cope with a loved one who has experienced a brain injury is difficult for any family; it is therefore essential that you and your family receive the full support that you will need in the months and years ahead. For this reason, it is essential that you choose your legal firm wisely.

About the Author

Neil Glover - Serious injury lawyers with unrivalled expertise. Specialist services for spinal injury, brain injury, head and amputation clients from the UK's leading specialised injury law practice. 0800 61 66 81

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