Our client stories - Spinal and brain injuries
Spinal and brain injury claims are very complex and as such, it is vital you instruct a solicitor who has the expert knowledge of handling these types of claims.
Below are some case studies of recent spinal and brain injury clients we have helped at CFG Law. Our focus is very much on accessing funding for support and rehabilitation from day one and providing ongoing support to you and your family.
Tetraplegia and brain Injury
Our client sustained a catastrophic injury, including a C5 spinal cord injury and a traumatic brain injury, when he was involved in a pedestrian road traffic collision.
He was suffering from a low mood due to having no psychological support and was also having difficulties keeping in touch with family and friends when we were first instructed. We provided immediate support whilst he was in the hospital with regular visits and liaison with the clinical team.
We also provided funding to help family visits to hospital due to him being located in a Spinal Cord Injury Centre 80 miles away from home, communication aids including a mobile phone to help him keep in touch with family and friends and also funded specialist assistive hand therapy technology so that he could benefit from an extra level of treatment to aid his recovery.
Due to the problems he was experiencing as a result of his brain injury, we liaised with the treating team and organised private Neuropsychology.
Despite no interim (early) compensation payments being received, our Client Support Managers further assisted with discharge to an adapted bungalow and purchase of equipment, as well as helping him with financial issues and benefits reviews and assistance.
His case is still continuing and we are putting in place ongoing plans to assist with his ongoing and changing needs.
Our client suffered a catastrophic injury, including a T12 spinal cord injury in a road traffic collision. Our Client Support Managers assisted immediately, using their experience to coordinate his initial transfer to a more specialist spinal unit.
Due to his complex needs on discharge, we have implemented a comprehensive rehabilitation and support plan with the sole aim of improving his independence and quality of life. This has included, for example;
- The purchase and adaptation of a suitable property.
- A driving assessment.
- The purchase of a suitably adapted vehicle.
- Purchase of mobility aids including a specialist wheelchair. We are also exploring Exo-skeletons and standing frames.
- Funding for treatment including physiotherapy and counselling.
- The implementation of a care package with a Personal Assistant.
- Financial assistance.
Our client was especially active pre-injury and enjoyed a number of adrenaline sports. We are, therefore, working to procure innovative equipment to assist with rehabilitation and also to help the client to return to his passion for motorcycling.
Serious brain injury – Accident at work
Our client suffered a severe brain injury and injuries to his arm and neck after an accident at work which knocked him unconscious.
Following the accident, he continued to experience ongoing headaches, anxiety, light sensitivity and mood changes. On discharge, he had ongoing Physiotherapy in place, but no further provisions.
We, therefore, arranged a private appointment with a Neurologist and a Neuropsychiatrist to assess him. He was diagnosed with a severe brain injury and at risk of developing post-traumatic Epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease.
We helped fund treatment by a Neuropsychiatrist and helped him access a very specialist Neuro-rehabilitation service to continue with a recommended treatment plan.
Serious head injury - Criminal injuries claim
Our client was a victim of a vicious attack and robbery where a young man hit him across the back of the head with a brick and knocked him unconscious. The perpetrator was later arrested and pleaded guilty to attempted murder at a hearing.
In the attack, our client sustained a serious head injury which has left him with severe ongoing symptoms including significant cognitive problems, problems with mobility and coordination, anxiety, personality changes and depression. He is receiving treatment from a community Neurotherapy team, including Occupational Therapists, Neuropsychologists and Neuro-physiotherapists.
He is no longer able to continue with his previous employment and fears for the future life of himself and his young family. This case is progressing through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, and as such, accessing funding is more difficult.
Therefore, we worked with Headway to provide practical advice on what benefits the family may be able to claim and what other support is available to help the family moving forward. We also organised access to emergency funding for the family to try and alleviate some of the financial strain put on them since the attack.
His solicitor also helped with other ongoing support, including helping to organise and liaise with a removal company in order to facilitate a less stressful move to a newly allocated council house, so that our client and his family could settle more quickly.
Head injury claim – Accident at work
Our client sustained a head injury in an accident at work. Before instructing CFG Law, she had attended hospital on numerous occasions as she started to experience worsening symptoms, including speech problems, nausea, fatigue and severe headaches as well as experiencing problems with her balance, concentration and coordination. Eventually, she was placed on a 7-8 month waiting list to see a Neurologist.
The combination of her symptoms was also having a severe emotional impact. She became increasingly distressed and depressed in relation to her injuries and was having trouble returning to work and interacting with colleagues and customers. She then instructed us to assist and her need for immediate assessment and treatment was, therefore, paramount.
Despite the fact that discussions in relation to liability were still ongoing, we intervened and paid for her to see a Neurologist, Ophthalmologist and undergo a brain scan. From these assessments, we coordinated a rehabilitation plan and funded private Neuropsychology, Neuro-physiotherapy and SALT (Speech and Language Therapy) to enable her to access the treatment and rehabilitation she requires.
How we can help
The process of making a spinal cord injury claim with the right solicitor should allow for an absolute focus on early support and rehabilitation to ensure you get the best quality of recovery and overall wellbeing and independence.
If you, or a loved one, have sustained a spinal cord injury and would like some advice, speak to one of our specialist solicitors today by calling 0800 612 8196. All enquiries are completely free, with no obligation.