Contacting a Lawyer

Using Legal Services

  • No one should sign any legal documents following a brain injury without the advice of a lawyer – this includes insurance waivers
  • Many specialist law firms across the world provide services for people following brain injury and trauma. These firms have an in-depth understanding of the neurological and life impact of brain injury
  • Always make sure you use an experienced lawyer and ask to see testimonials. Ask them about their experience
  • Ask if the lawyer has any specialist training in brain injury
  • A lawyer can help to safeguard your assets
  • A lawyer can help you claim compensation
  • Many brain injury support groups will be able to recommend a list of solicitors to choose from

Choosing the Right Specialist 

Choosing the right lawyer or solicitor to pursue a legal claim for personal injury can make a world of difference to the experience someone has with the process following an injury to the brain. 

While there may be other injuries, finding a specialist who understands brain injury is crucial. 

The neurological effects of a brain injury can make it difficult for people to understand legal processes, and the behavioural and functional changes can alter how people can communicate, understand relevancies and contribute to their case. 

For these and many other reasons, it is often necessary for individuals to be supported by their relatives. If you have someone you can ask to help and support you, doing so as early on as possible will be helpful. 

Why?

Although self-expectations may remain similar to how they were pre-injury, understanding what has changed can be a long process. The ‘sense’ that you can still perform independently remains, while the supporting skills are likely to have altered. It can take a long time to figure this out and to realise that what you intend does not create the actions or results you expected. 

What can you look out for to help you notice that things have changed? 

You will feel confused and have an increased sense of frustration. You may feel a sense of wonderment or ‘weirdness’ that what you are doing isn’t having the same results as previously.

Other people will keep trying to explain things in different ways to you. 

The legal process can be cognitively arduous and draining following an injury to the brain. The mechanics, how the brain functions, and your physiology, your general health and well-being, will have taken an impact that may be imperceivable to you and others.  You may understand that you are struggling to think or become tired very quickly but fail to associate these symptoms with the injury to the brain. 

Likewise, families can also struggle to understand the changes and what is causing them or what has changed. 

logo Enable Law and text about choosing a solicitor To ensure the best possible outcome, it is safe to trust and put yourself in the hands of a specialist legal expert.

The article by Enable Law explains this and other key areas you need to understand.

Please, make sure you are aware of the best guidance available before choosing who you want to take your case.


Resources:

The Brain Injury Group exists to support individuals and families affected by brain injury and the health and social care professionals working in this specialist field.

Our mission is to provide anyone affected by brain injury access to legal, financial and welfare services delivered by proven experts in the field who have been chosen not only for their skills and knowledge but also for their passion and dedication to helping people.

Making healthcare decisions in a person’s best interests when they lack capacity: clinical guidance based on a review of evidence