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Case study: Compensation for head & brain injury
As personal injury lawyers, we’re only too aware of how devastating the effects of a brain injury can be; not just for the survivor, but also for their loved ones.
It can cause both physical and psychological changes, including thinking and learning difficulties, memory loss and personality changes, all of which can have a profound impact on the quality of the sufferer’s life.
Gabrielle Artess, of our personal injury team, looks at a recent case in which our client suffered severe injuries following an accident at work.
Our client, Ms B, suffered a severe head and brain injury after falling through the floor onto concrete at her place of work.
As a result of her injury, our client lost her sense of smell, whilst her hearing and sense of taste were adversely impacted. She developed epilepsy and suffered from seizures, with one seizure resulting in the premature delivery of her baby.
Her short-term memory and concentration were also affected and she suffered from anxiety, panic attacks and a lack of confidence.
These injuries had a devastating effect on our client and her partner, both of whom were young and at a stage in their lives where they were planning their future. Our client attempted to return to work but her symptoms prevented her from maintaining employment.
In the course of her claim, our client was allocated a case manager and two support workers to help in her treatment and rehabilitation. This ensured that her partner could remain in employment and continue in his role as partner and father, rather than as her carer.
A private neuropsychiatrist and neuropsychologist provided medical, psychological and strategic support in managing our client’s symptoms. Nannies were employed to help care for her children and her family were given support to deal with the impact of her accident.
Court proceedings were issued and the defendant owners of the premises admitted liability for our client’s injury. Judgment was then entered for our client against the defendant and the matter settled without going to trial.
A seven-figure sum was awarded in damages – this was to compensate our client for her pain and suffering and covered the financial losses and expenses she had incurred as a result as her injuries, as well as those she was likely to incur in the future.
If you’d like to speak to a member of our personal injury team about a possible head or brain injury claim, or regarding an accident in your workplace, call 0117 325 2929 or complete our online enquiry form.