Brain Injury Claims And Neurology Claims

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Brain Injury Claims And Neurology Claims

The Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) is often used to assess head injuries. This is a scale from 3 to 15 that identifies how serious your head injury is, based on your symptoms and whether the brain has been damaged (with 3 being most severe and 15 the least severe).

For example, a GCS score of 13 or above would indicate a minor head injury. A score of 9 to 12 would be a moderate head injury. If a person has a severe head injury, they’ll have a score of 8 or less.

A severe head injury can result in pressure being placed on the brain because of bleeding, blood clots or a build-up of fluid. This can sometimes lead to brain damage, which can be temporary or permanent. Acquired brain injury may be the result of:-

  • Traumatic brain injury: the result of an impact to the head, ie: a car accident or a fall.
  • Non-traumatic brain injury:some professionals call this ‘atraumatic brain injury’. It is often the result of something like meningitis or a brain tumour.

It is imperative that urgent medical attention is sought and treatment given so as to avoid the following potential complications:-

  • fits or seizures
  • problems with the senses –such as hearing loss or double vision
  • permanent brain damage due to pressure on the brain
  • difficulty with walking or co-ordination
  • death

Sadly, around 1 in every 2,000 people who attend an A&E department with a head injury dies as a result of their injury. However, a small number of these deaths or the above-listed side effects are preventable because they are caused by negligent mistakes in grading the injury or due to delays in scans being carried out, the correct diagnosis being made or treatment being administered. Alternatively, a brain infection like meningitis may go unrecognised in A&E leading to tragic consequences.

At Thomson & Bancks, our medical negligence specialists will deal sensitively and efficiently with your claim for compensation or that brought on behalf of a loved one’s Estate. The civil law attempts to place people back in the same place as they would have been had they not been injured by a medical mistake or left untreated so they have not fully recovered as they should have done.

Where that is not possible, an increasing amount of damages are payable for where the consequences have been more serious for you. Also, financial losses caused by the injury or non-recovery of your condition are claimable, for instance, if you are not able to return to work or require extra services because of a resulting disability which would have been avoided had there been no negligence.

If you or your family have been affected by medical negligence, please call our specialist Solicitor, Lucy Sherry, on 01242 235250 to find out if you may have a claim. We will offer you a first free interview to learn about the next steps and our ‘No Win, No Fee’ agreements for funding your legal claim.

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