Video: how to claim compensation for a brain injury

By Malcolm Underhill

I am a partner and solicitor at IBB Solicitors. I specialise in acting for those who’ve sustained traumatic brain injury. It may come as a surprise that something like 300,000 people each year enter our hospitals having suffered a traumatic head or brain injury. Equally surprising, perhaps, is the fact that one million people in the UK suffer with the long-term effects of a brain injury.

Those figures may come as a surprise because we don’t see people with a brain injury. The changes are not so obvious to anybody. There may be a change of temperament, impulsivity, concentration, attention, short- and long-term memory, particularly difficulties in dealing with several threads of information at the same time. All this can make work very challenging, particularly when the difficulties the individual faces haven’t been communicated to an employer or the employer refuses to understand the full effects of a brain injury. And of course, if the employee is no longer able to perform at the same level as they did before the accident, then that may result in the employee losing their position all because they have sustained a traumatic brain injury that others do not understand. It is therefore important that the individual seeks advice and support very early. That advice and support should principally come from the health professionals. They would be able to advise on treatment and how to cope with those challenges…

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