Brain Injury Claims - The different types of Injuries
Davies and Partners has particular expertise in brain injury claims, acting for patients who have suffered a head or brain injury. These brain injury cases are often highly complex, requiring a holistic approach.
Types of brain injury
There is acquired brain injury (ABI) which is an injury caused to the brain. This injury could have been caused by an accident, a stroke or a tumour, encephalitis or brain haemorrhage
There is also Traumatic brain injury (TBI) which is an injury to the brain caused by a trauma such as road traffic accidents, falls or accidents. Patients sustain TBI brain injuries following trauma (such as a road traffic accident), or due to an embolism or stroke. It is crucial for the attending hospital to act quickly. If there is a delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis or delayed surgery, this can often have life-limiting consequences for the patient and their families.
In brain injury claims concerning a subarachnoid haemorrhage (or a bleed in the brain), there is a window of opportunity to relieve the pressure to prevent permanent brain damage. If there is an unacceptable delay on the part of the hospital or medical professional in diagnosing the bleed and instigating treatment, there may be scope to pursue a medical negligence claim for the brain injury.
Similarly, when a patient goes to hospital with symptoms that are suggestive of a stroke, there is a narrow window of opportunity for surgery to be carried out, usually with the insertion a coil. If this window of opportunity is missed, patients can be left with devastating consequences such as speech impairment, dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), and one-sided limb weakness, which can result in immobility and the need for care.
Davies and Partners Solicitors has two specialist Brain Injury Solicitors lawyers Lorna Lymer and Tracy Edwards . Tracy and Lorna are on The Brain Injury Association's, Headway Legal Panel. See www.headway.org.uk
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