Every year, countless people suffer from some form of head or brain injury – whether it’s from a collision on the sports field or an accident on the road. For many, the effects are negligible but, for significant number of people, the effects of a head or brain injury can be devastating for both the sufferer and their family. Ranging from short term memory loss to severe lifelong cognitive disability – the effects of this ‘invisible injury’ can last long after any physical wounds have healed.
Medical bills can pile up quickly, time off work can affect your income, and the injuries themselves can reduce your quality of life. That’s why, if you have suffered a head or brain injury and it wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation – giving you the best chance to recover from whatever injury you have sustained.
At Crimmins Howard, our team of expert head and brain injury accident solicitors will do everything we can to make the process run as smoothly as possible. We’ll listen to your story, provide you with practical legal advice and draw upon every possible resource we can to make sure that the injuries you’ve suffered aren’t ignored. We’re here to make the experience as straight forward as possible.
Just as no two people are the same, no two brain injuries are the same. Although there are common symptoms between them, they will often range in severity and duration depending on the severity of the trauma. Types of head and brain injury symptoms can include:
Changes in behaviour and mood – irritability and anger management issues, motivational problems, depression, behavioural changes, difficulties maintaining relationships, lack of inhibition, and mood changes.
Loss of memory and concentration – memory loss, poor attention span, diminished concentration, confusion, and reduced cognitive abilities.
Physical issues – dizziness, nausea, fatigue, headaches and migraines, loss of smell, seizures, sensitivity to light and sounds, sleep disturbances, vision impairments, and loss of sensation.
Our 4-Step Guide to Head and Brain Injury Accidents
We have many years of experience in head and brain injury accident claims, and are expertly placed to provide all of the help and support you need when making a claim for compensation. However, there are a number of things you can do to make our job easier and your chances of success better:
Step 1 – Seek Medical Attention
The first step in any accident is to check to see if you or and anybody else involved in the accident needs medical attention. Even if you feel medical attention is not immediately required at the scene, we advise that you visit your doctor as soon as possible following an accident to ensure that there are no threats to your health that you may not have noticed.
Step 2 – Report the Incident
You should always report the incident to an official of some kind. This will vary depending on the cause of the injury. In most cases, you will be asked to complete an incident report/statement. Make sure you request a copy of this document.
Step 3 – Gather Information
Where possible and if safe for you to do so, collect all the relevant information in connection with your accident, such as:
a) the date and time of the accident;
b) details of how the accident occurred;
c) names and details of the person/organisation that you believe caused the accident;
d) details of their insurance where applicable;
e) the names, phone numbers and addresses of any witnesses; and
f) photographs of the scene or the object that caused the head or brain injury.
Step 4 – Contact a Solicitor
If you have suffered a spinal injury, seeking the advice of a professional and experienced spinal injury solicitor is in your best interests. They will organise medical appointments, submit the relevant applications, negotiate settlements on your behalf, and represent your interests if your case ever goes to court.
It is important to bear in mind that head and brain injury claims should be initiated as soon as possible as there are strict time periods for doing so. Generally speaking, a claim must be made within two years from the date that you became aware of your injury – whether that’s the day you had an accident or many years later.
Get in touch
Head and brain injury accidents can be a complex area of Irish law and although it’s important that you act quickly, it’s equally important that you choose a firm that has a proven record in taking such cases. We are that firm.
Understanding head and brain injuries and their various consequences is key to working with those that have suffered from such injuries. At Crimmins Howard, our team of expert head and brain injury solicitors specialise in dealing with the issues that arise from these injuries. We know and understand that a head and brain injuries can have significant emotional and financial consequences for you and your family. That’s why we’ll do everything in our power to obtain the compensation that you deserve.
If you would like to discuss how we can help you or if you would like to avail of a free, no obligation consultation, contact our head or brain injury team on 061 361088 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.