For those impacted by a serious brain injury, the road to recovery can be a long one. The quality and speed of medical care following a serious brain injury can make all the difference to the injured party, so it was heartening to hear that we have one of the best specialist hospitals in the North West.
The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool received the highest rating from industry regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC) which gave the facility an ‘outstanding’ rating in a recently published report following its inspection in April.
The CQC reported that it found the brain injury specialist hospital to be “outstanding for being effective and caring” and that it was “particularly impressed with the centre’s attention to detail throughout patients’ journey through the hospital.”
Speed and quality medical care is essential following a brain injury
A brain injury sustained either following an accident or criminal act can have a devastating impact on an individual with far reaching results which can include both significant cognitive and physical disabilities.
Once a physical blow to the brain has occurred, the speed and quality with which medical attention is provided can make all the difference to the long term prognosis. According to head injury association Headway, the initial physical blow to the brain is just the start of a chain of events which can dictate the extent of further long term injuries.
Once a trauma to the brain has occurred, if medical attention isn’t provided adequately and quickly, the brain can be starved of oxygen, vital nerve fibres can be twisted or torn and the brain’s arteries and veins can be damaged. This can lead to further complications and more extensive long term damage.
We have acted for a number of clients who sustained serious brain injuries. Our help isn’t just limited to securing compensation to cover the cost of specialist short and long term care and rehabilitation. We also work with an extensive range of specialists to ensure that the correct programme of rehabilitation is provided to put clients on the road to recovery.
One recent client was going about her everyday life and was cycling along a main road when she was hit by a car which attempted a right hand turn improperly. She hit the car and suffered extensive injuries which included a severe head injury, damage to the nerves in her right shoulder and fractures to her upper right arm.
We fought hard to win a significant settlement of £1.5 million for her which included interim payments to allow her to start a coordinated rehabilitation programme which involved neuropsychotherapy, clinical neuropsychology and occupational therapy. The interim funding also allowed her to move into adapted accommodation to suit her post injury needs.
Some can make a full recovery following a significant accident which has caused brain injury, others are not so lucky and the effects of a trauma which can take just seconds and minutes to occur, can last a lifetime.
Our care and support of clients who have suffered a significant brain injury doesn’t end with settling a personal injury compensation claim and securing the right rehabilitation programme. We also often help clients who receive a significant sum to protect their compensation by setting up a Personal Injury Trust.
Suffering a significant brain injury can be devastating both for the individual and their family with wide reaching consequences that can impact all areas of their life. Our personal injury specialists have extensive experience in helping clients who have suffered a significant brain injury working hard to not only secure the best financial outcome, but also the rehabilitation programme and compensation protection they need long after the initial accident.
If you suffer a significant brain injury as a result of an accident or criminal act, our personal injury lawyers will always advise what is best for you. Contact a member of our team on 0161 832 6972 or email a summary of your claim, with your contact details, to email@example.com.
What can you do if you have been let down by a personal injury solicitor or claims management company?
If you have been let down through inadequate or improper conduct from a personal injury solicitor or claims management company and have lost out financially as a result, you may be entitled to make a professional negligence claim. Here’s a guide with more information on how to do this.
Read our ‘guide to professional negligence claims for personal injury victims’