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Leon – Brain injury compensation shouldn’t be a headache
Paul Currie was a normal and happy 40-year-old man up until a few days ago. The father of three was walking through Woodside, a local residential area in Dudley, on his way back from playing darts for his local pub team, when his attention was caught by a speeding motorist. Aware that children often play in the area, Paul attempted to convey his concern to the driver of the vehicle and gestured to him to slow down.
However, far from heeding Paul’s warning, and much less thanking Paul for alerting him to his unlawful speed, the driver, 25-year-old Samuel Pagett, instead screeched to a halt and administered Paul, 15 years his elder, with a brutal beating that knocked the Kinswinford man off his feet, sending him crashing to the floor, unconscious.
Paul was rushed to hospital by medical staff, who had been called to the scene by frantic residents. However, he had already suffered severe head trauma.
Driver Pagett, of Cot Lane, has since appeared in court accused of punching and knocking out his victim and looks set to face charges relating to these accusations. This will do little to brighten the mood of Paul Currie, who remains in a critical condition with suspected bleeding on the brain, and with the prospect of having to make a brain injury claim.
However, one nugget of good news for Paul, no matter how small, is that the brain injury claims do not have to be as painful or traumatic as the injury themselves, in fact they can be very straightforward. The simplest way to start a claim is to contact accident or injury lawyers, who will quickly help to ascertain whether someone may be able to receive any compensation.
In the sad case of Paul Currie, he certainly will have a claim worth following up; however, head injuries can be caused by a variety of different accidents and injuries, not just from physical attacks. A fall from height, playing full contact sport or even slipping over in the snow can be enough to cause the destruction or degeneration of brain cells, which can lead to brain damage.
Upon being contacted by someone suffering from a head injury, specialist solicitors will send out a questionnaire to be filled out and returned by the affected party. Although these forms are simple to fill out, to get the most accurate results possible, it is important that they are completed in as much detail as possible, so it can be helpful to keep a diary in the aftermath of any head trauma, which can be referred to when detailing any important information easily.
Once this initial stage of the claim has been made, lawyers will be able to make an accurate assessment of whether there is a case to be made. If there’s no case worth following, then the claimant will normally not be charged a fee. However, if there is a case, then the team of lawyers will follow it up through the correct course of action.
Generally, head injury compensation cases are settled out of court. However, there is a real possibility that a brain injury case could go all the way to the judge and jury, so it is vital that any potential claimants fully recover before applying for compensation.
Although brain damage can be a major blow to somebody’s life, getting the compensation required to deal with the after effects of serious head trauma is, thankfully, not nearly as disruptive.
Dean Johnson – Medical student and freelance journalist
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