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Brain Injury Awareness Week – Life after a brain inury

May 9, 2017 at 9:00 AM

You may recall that I recently wrote a blog about a gentleman who suffered a brain injury in an accident and as a result went on to develop epilepsy.

‘Action for Brain Injury Week’ takes place from 8th – 14th May 2017. It’s a high profile campaign where groups, members and supporters across the whole country join together and campaign to improve life after a brain injury. The week is organised by one of the leading charities in this field, Headway. They are a UK charity that works to improve life after brain injury. They provide support, services and information to brain injury survivors, their families and carers. On Friday 12th May Spencers will be holding a Hats for Headway Cake Bake with all money raised going to North Derbyshire Headway.

Action for Brain Injury Week

I work within the Serious Injury Department here at Spencers Solicitors, and many of our clients have suffered life changing injuries, including traumatic brain injuries which can give rise to epilepsy, and part of our job is to try and help them rebuild their lives and get them the support they need.

In a split second a head trauma can dramatically change a person’s life. Recently we settled a claim for a gentleman who was involved in a road traffic accident in 2011. He was driving along a main road when another vehicle pulled out from a side road and hit him. The accident has affected this man’s life and his family’s forever. He was told he had suffered a moderate brain injury. The effects of the brain injury became more apparent over time in that he had short term memory problems, difficulty finding words, problems with numbers, impaired concentration, sleepiness, depression; lots of the awful things associated with having a brain injury.

In terms of his future he will never be able to work again, he requires a considerable amount of daily care and has ongoing treatment needs. Helping this gentleman made me realise how important charities like Headway really are.

Headway was hugely supportive to our client and he benefited from their services so much. They gave him a sense of purpose, focus and motivation which had such a positive impact on his mood.

He attended Headway twice a week. The programme they set up for him involved lots of different activities, including day trips to the zoo, fishing, painting and cooking. It gave him something to talk about with his wife and family when he came home, unlike before when he sat at home feeling isolated with nothing to talk about. Attending regularly also gave his wife the break she desperately needed and she was able to relax knowing that her husband was being well looked after by professional people who understood his needs. The staff at Headway gave him lots of help and support in coping with the challenges he faced in everyday life. They helped him learn new skills, regain lost ones and helped him re-integrate into society.

Problems arising from a brain injury are not always obvious to other people, in fact it is often referred to as a “hidden disability”. Having a brain injury completely changes a person’s life along with the people around them. Getting in touch with Headway can really make a huge difference.

About the author

Laura Reaney  photo Laura Reaney is a litigator within Spencers Solicitors Complex Injury team. Laura has extensive experience in dealing with claimants that have complex and serious injuries, and over the years has worked on various cases including those involving back and spinal injuries.


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