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This week is usually Action for Brain Injury Week, a campaign that aims to raise awareness of brain injury and give a voice to those affected. Understandably, due to Covid-19, plans are on hold for many charities who would normally use this week to fundraise and promote their key messages.

 

An injury to the brain is one of the most debilitating injuries to sustain and can cause devastating affects to the victim and their families.

 

Avoiding Brain Injury

The leading cause of brain injuries are falls, road traffic accidents, strikes/bumps to the head and assaults.

 

Whilst many accidents happen suddenly there are a few things that you can do to protect your brain from serious damage:

 
  • Always wear a helmet if you are riding a motorbike, scooter or bicycle.
  • When driving; always wear a seatbelt, maintain your vehicle and drive with care and caution.
  • Wear protective headwear when playing sports where there is an increased risk of head injury, such as skiing, horse-riding and motorsports.
  • Prevent falls by keeping your home and workplace clear of trip hazards.
  • If you have a physical job, make sure you adhere to health and safety procedures.
 

You can keep your brain healthy by eating well, taking regular exercise, avoiding drugs and alcohol, lowering your blood pressure and getting regular mental stimulation.

 

The Impact of Brain Injury

There are two primary types of brain injury. Traumatic brain injury (which is an injury to the head or brain, often from physical impact) and Anoxic and Hypoxic brain injury (which is caused by lack of oxygen flow to the brain). Both types can have different outcomes for patients, from short-term concussion and pain to long-term permanent brain damage.

 

Injury to the brain can also be caused by infection, tumours, surgeries or procedures through medical negligence.

 

Our brains are extremely complex organs that control many different functions of our minds and bodies. Injury can impact speech, learning, memory, emotions, behaviour, senses and mobility.

 

Side effects of brain injuries can last from just a few hours to years where the damage is catastrophic. Symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, fatigue and short-term memory loss are difficult to adjust to whilst continuing to work, look after a home or family.

 

Some people with brain injuries will also experience poor mental health, communication problems, have difficulty with relationships and have their mobility impaired.

 

Brain Injury Lawyers

 

At Lamb Brooks, our North Hampshire office is home to an experienced team of personal injury lawyers who have specialist knowledge in representing people who have suffered brain injuries and are looking to make a claim. Getting the best legal advice and representation is vital for victims and their families in obtaining the best outcome and highest level of compensation.

 

A sizeable settlement or compensation award for a brain injury can help towards the cost of long-term care and specialist treatment that is so often required during recovery and beyond.

 

Getting in Touch

 

If you think that you or someone you know may have a claim for brain injury, then please get in touch with our team for a free consultation. We will try our best to put you at ease as you share details of your accident and prognosis with us. After speaking to you we will be able to give you a clear explanation of how we operate, the next steps and what you could expect to receive in terms of financial remedy.

 

Call us on 01256 844888, email enquiries@lambbrooks.com or speak to our online chat assistant who is available on our website 24/7.

 

Other articles you may be interested in reading:

6 Signs That You May Have a Personal Injury Claim

What to do if you are Injured on Holiday

Injured in a Public Place

 

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.