We at McGinley Solicitors have significant experience dealing with head and brain injuries and the whole claims process. Head and brain injury claims are complex in nature and due to the difficulties encountered in assessing the long term implications of a head injury, such as future health and assessing mental health issues and brain function, head injury claims require considerable research, investigation and preparation.
The brain is the control centre for everything you think, feel and do, so it’s no surprise that damage to it can alter your physical and mental abilities, behaviour and personality. Even apparently subtle problems can have a massive impact.
Some common head injury symptoms include:
- Lack of insight
- Personality changes
- Inappropriate behaviour
- Poor perception, recognition and judgement
- Lack of initiative
- Physical disabilities
- Slowed responses
- Loss of physical sensations
- Poor concentration
- Poor planning and problem solving skills
- Inability to understand and communicate
- Poor memory
- Slow or slurred speech
- Overly talkative
Brain injury is often referred to as a ‘hidden’ disability because the effects of an accident involving the head – such as not being able to think straight, or being unable to comprehend information, or feeling anxious, irritable or depressed – are not as obvious to others although they are every bit as real as ‘visible’ physical disabilities and can have a negative impact on your life.
Relationships with family and friends can be placed under immense strain. Relatives report that the most difficult problems are personality changes, slowness, poor memory, irritability, bad temper, tiredness, depression, tension and anxiety, rapid mood changes and threats of violence. While reports vary, there is also evidence that marital difficulties can arise following a brain injury too as both partners can struggle to adapt to changes in personality and circumstances.
Although damage to the brain may be difficult to diagnose, some or all of the following after effects can be apparent:
- Physical and sensory symptoms: Impaired balance and coordination, hearing and vision, taste and smell, headaches and fatigue
- Emotional difficulties: onset of anxiety, depression, anger, impulsive behaviour.
- Cognitive problems: difficulty in speech, processing and memorising information, attention and understanding.
Our job is to identify the problems caused by head or brain injury, to put in place the necessary treatment and support, and to identify and claim for the losses – past and future – caused by the injury. We are here to give you the head injury advice that you need to get your life back on track.