Child Brain Injury Claims
Our highly empathetic and pro-active brain injury solicitors understand not only the devastation that can be caused to a family when a child suffers a brain injury but also the worries and concerns that you, as a parent, will have about your child’s future and your ability to meet their complex needs.
We will work closely and collaboratively with you to ensure that you and your child receive:
- Much needed practical and emotional support to help you and your child to adapt and cope with life following your child’s brain injury;
- Exceptional legal advice and step by step guidance as we tenaciously pursue your child’s claim;
- The compensation your child deserves to guarantee as far as possible that:
- They enjoy the best quality of life possible following brain injury and;
- You, as a parent, have peace of mind, knowing not only that sufficient funds will always be available to meet your child’s complex needs in the future, such as specialist care, therapy, treatment, equipment and accommodation but also that arrangements will be in place to ensure your child will be protected should anything happen to you.
Our focus is on providing specialist rehabilitation at the earliest possible opportunity (rather than following the conclusion of the claim) when it has the greatest potential to improve your child’s outcome. We understand that you will need funds to pay for essential equipment, adaptations to your home and specialist professional care for your child. Therefore, it is always our policy to seek interim payments of child brain injury compensation, where possible, to help you to meet these expenses.
When funds are available we will work closely with you and an experienced paediatric brain injury case manager to identify your child’s care, therapy and equipment needs. This will ensure that the appropriate services are delivered in a coordinated and consistent way, maximising the benefit of these services to your child.
We are experienced at facilitating communication between, and working with you, your child’s school, education professionals, healthcare professionals and your local authority. The priority is to effectively meet your child’s educational needs and optimise their potential.
Child Head Injury Compensation
When your child experiences a head injury that damages their brain, it can be the start of a difficult journey. Head injuries in children can be caused due to a variety of situations, including:
- A fall
- Physical assaults and altercations
- Sports injuries, including riding bikes, skateboarding, football and basketball
- A motor vehicle accident, or being struck by a vehicle when walking
- Child abuse, particularly physical child abuse including shaking in infants and toddlers
In general, teens are at higher risk of head injury than younger children and head injuries happen twice as often in boys than in girls.
£1.8m on full liability for boy on his bicycle who suffered catastrophic head injuries
Our client was aged 12 when he cycled from land owned by a local council onto a ‘cycle way’, straight into the path of a moped. He suffered very serious head injuries with fractures to the temporal and basal skull and a subarachnoid haemorrhage. He was unconscious for several weeks and had extensive post traumatic amnesia. We argued that the local council should have taken steps to prevent such accidents happening. This meant the Defendant had to pay 30% of the full compensation amount. The Defendant made a payment into Court of £165,000, which they later increased to £550,000. This was rejected and by negotiation the Defendant’s offer was increased to £600,000 (the equivalent of £1.8m on full liability), which was accepted and approved by the Court.
We are sensitive to the fact that in some cases of brain injury many of the difficulties experienced by your child may not be immediately obvious, particularly if there are no visible signs of disability. This could mean that the true extent of the challenges your child faces on a daily basis, such as problems with memory, word finding, information processing and behaviour, may be missed by the professionals involved.
We are experts at proving and communicating the full extent of your child’s injuries to:
- education professionals to ensure your child’s needs in school are understood and met; and
- to your opponent and to the court to ensure the compensation we claim for your child will meet their current and long-term care, therapy and treatment needs.