The effects of a brain injury on a patient and their family can be devastating. The patient may be left paralysed, unable to speak, or fend for themselves as they go about their daily life. Depression, memory, language and concentration problems and even personality changes are also common.

Suffering such an injury through an accident would be traumatic in itself, but if the damage was caused by an act or omission by a medical professional, it is only right that you should seek compensation.

Jane Couch, personal injury solicitor at WBW Solicitors, outlines how clinical negligence can result in a brain injury and how you go about making a compensation claim.

Types of medical brain injury
There are a number of ways that medical negligence can result in a brain injury including:
• problems at birth
• the misdiagnosis or mistreatment of a stroke, a subdural haematoma, aneurysm or meningitis;
• a late diagnosis of brain cancer;
• oxygen starvation during surgery; or
• an infection which, if not treated properly, can lead to septicaemia and organ failure; this in turn can result in the brain being deprived of oxygen, leading to brain damage.

How a solicitor can help
Compensation for a brain injury aims to place the patient, as far as possible, back in the financial position they would have been in had the negligence not happened. In addition to the actual injury, the amount of compensation will depend upon the out of pocket expenses which have occurred or will occur into the future such as care needs. This includes consideration of whether the injury is permanent, whether the individual has been left unable to work, and their further medical treatment and physiotherapy needs.

If you or a loved one has suffered a medical brain injury, our specialist lawyers will review your case and see you through the whole claim’s process. We will help you gather the evidence you need to support your claim, arrange medical assessments and engage expert witnesses if required.

We will fight to make sure you get the compensation you deserve. This will include elements for pain and suffering, any financial loss – including loss of earnings and medical expenses – as well as compensation for future losses, rehabilitation and adaptations required at your home. We will also aim to secure you interim payments to cover your living expenses while your claim is processed.

For more information on claiming compensation for clinical negligence which has resulted in a brain injury, or any other personal injury issue, contact Jane Couch at WBW Solicitors on 01626 202413 or email janecouch@wbw.co.uk

The contents of this article are for the purposes of general awareness only. They do not purport to constitute legal or professional advice. The law may have changed since this article was published. Readers should not act on the basis of the information included and should take appropriate professional advice upon their own particular circumstances.