Brain Injury Claims


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We really appreciate all your efforts and the positive outcome so far of your research and professionalism. You have picked up the baton at the eleventh hour when we were at our lowest point and abandoned by everyone else – thank you so much. 

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Claiming compensation following brain injury

Our medical negligence solicitors have helped many families to pursue claims and gain compensation that has improved quality of life for people affected by brain injury. We are experienced in cases involving adults, babies, children and young people. 

Suzanne Munroe, who leads our team is a nationally recognised practitioner specialising in claims relating to brain injuries that have occurred during or shortly after birth, including Cerebral Palsy claims (see our dedicated Cerebral Palsy and Birth Injury claims page for more information).

The brain controls most of the body’s functions and when medical negligence leads to brain damage the consequences can be serious and even fatal. People affected by brain injury are not always able to speak for themselves and so it can fall to family members to pursue a medical negligence claim on their behalf.

If you would like to talk to a medical negligence solicitor in confidence about a potential claim for compensation, call us on 0800 1380458 or complete our contact form. We’ll assess your case free of charge and with no obligation.

Closed head injuries

A closed head injury is where an impact, for example, a blow to the head or a fall, causes the brain to be accelerated, decelerated or rotated very quickly. The violent movement causes damage when the brain’s delicate connections between nerve cells are broken. The brain may also be lacerated if it suffers an impact on the bony ridges on the underside of the front of the skull. Crucially, this may injure important parts of the brain – the temporal lobe (which is responsible for much of hearing, speech, vision and long-term memory functions) and the frontal lobe, which amongst other things is the part of the brain responsible for decision-making and higher mental functions.

Like any other organ, when injured, the brain swells and bruises. Enclosed in the hard skull, swelling of the brain can cause damage as it becomes squeezed against the skull walls. This can impair circulation, and can be fatal. For this reason, intracranial pressure (the pressure inside the skull) must be carefully monitored where brain injury is suspected, and swelling must be kept to a minimum.

Penetrating brain injuries

A penetrating head injury is where a blow breaks the skin and/or fractures the skull. The object that caused the blow, or a piece of bone from the fractured skull, may enter the soft tissue of the brain, causing injury. Penetrating injuries cause a greater risk of epilepsy than other types of brain injury.

Subarachnoid haemorrhages

A subarachnoid haemorrhage is most commonly the result of bleeding from an aneurysm (a weakened area of a blood vessel) where there is bleeding into the subarachnoid space between layers covering the brain. The condition affects 6 to 12 people in every 100,000. Characteristic symptoms include a severe, sudden-onset headache, which is unusual for the patient and which may be accompanied by vomiting and loss of consciousness, or by neck stiffness. The severity of the symptoms may depend on the extent of the bleeding. However, doctors should always consider subarachnoid haemorrhage in cases where patients present with these symptoms. Such cases require, further investigation, or referral to a more senior or specialist practitioner. Delayed diagnosis could lead to serious consequences and could be fatal.

Our holistic approach to medical negligence claims

Whilst our primary aim in brain injury cases is to investigate whether medical negligence was the cause of our client’s suffering, at Switalskis we take an holistic approach to client care, and we can also work closely with other specialist departments within the firm to help you plan for the future. We have specialists in community care, mental health law, and mental capacity law (Court of Protection). Each of our experts is highly experienced in working with brain injured people and can assist with matters including helping you secure the right care package, ensuring your loved one’s affairs and welfare are taken care of, and any issues that might arise about mental capacity.


Recognition for our Clinical Negligence team

  • Modern Law Awards Winner Logo
  • Clinical Negligence Lawyer of the Year 2017
  • The Yorkshire Legal Awards 2016 Winner - Dispute Resolution Award

What our clients say…

We really appreciate all your efforts and the positive outcome so far of your research and professionalism. You have picked up the baton at the eleventh hour when we were at our lowest point and abandoned by everyone else – thank you so much. 

GM

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