The effects of an injury to the brain can vary hugely. A serious brain injury at birth may mean a child has little or no language function for the rest of their life. They may require full time nursing care and have no prospect of every working again.
Less severe brain injuries may not be immediately obvious to a stranger, but family members may notice effects on memory or a change in personality which can affect someone’s ability to function in a job or at home as they did previously. Other brain injuries may affect someone’s sense of sight or smell.
Brain injuries can occur in many ways through potential negligence. It may be that anti-coagulation treatment has not been managed properly, leading to a stroke. Delays in delivery at birth and starvation of oxygen are also a common way for babies to become brain injured.
Our client was a man in his 70s who pursued a case against Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust having sustained a stroke following a routine hernia operation. We had supportive evidence which said that his anticoagulation medication had not been correctly managed in the build up to and following his operation.
Unfortunately, as a result of the alleged negligence the gentleman suffered a stroke and sustained brain damage. He lost sight in one eye and had significant effects on his memory. He was unable to carry out many of his hobbies and could not drive. He had significant additional care needs and, although the matter was strongly defended, settlement was eventually agreed at £375,000 about a month before a Trial was to start.
We pursued a case on behalf of the estate of a woman in her 30s who sadly died as a result of a sub-arachnoid haemorrhage. Her family described that, several weeks prior to her death, she described very severe headaches and vomiting. She had been assessed by GPs who diagnosed a neck strain. We suggested that an alternative diagnosis should have been considered and a scan would have resulted in the correct diagnosis and prompt surgery. Had surgery taken place she would have gone on to have a normal life expectancy. She was not married, but left behind a teenaged son. Liability was denied by two GP Defendants, but the case was eventually settled for £40,000.
What can I claim?
The value of your claim will depend on a number of factors including:
- The nature of the injury or illness
- Whether your child (or you) recover fully from the injury or illness or if it has a long term effect on their health and wellbeing
- The amount of any losses you incur as a result of the injury
You can claim compensation for the following things if they are a result of your injury:
Pain, suffering and loss of amenity
Loss of earnings
- Medical and nursing care costs
- Special equipment needed to carry out daily activities and any costs involved in adapting your home
- Other expenses incurred as a result of your injury, for example, travel expenses incurred whilst receiving medical treatment.
Contact us to speak to one of our specialist lawyers in total confidence and they will discuss the details of your claim.