A brain injury is not always the most obvious consequence of an accident, particularly where there are other serious and more visible physical injuries.
Stephen Green, Head of Fosters' Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Department, and a member of the Headway panel, recently concluded a claim for a motor cyclist who, on his first ride on his new bike, and travelling with right of way on a major road, was hit with some force by a car emerging from a minor road.
The force of the impact caused various injuries including fractures of his right clavicle, sternum and ribs, and a collapsed right lung.
He also a loss of blood which led to a stroke which in turn caused impaired vision in his left eye.
He received emergency surgery to repair the laceration to his lung but the consequences of his blood loss and stroke were more long-lasting and, in addition to his loss of vision, led him to suffer from a lack of coordination and numbness on his left side and reduced cognitive function.
Although he received appropriate and immediate therapies, he was advised that his partial loss of sight would be permanent.
He ultimately made a good recovery and was able to return to his former work but the ongoing consequence of the accident, both physical and psychological, meant he could not work to the same degree.
Fosters' Personal Injury team were able to pursue a claim for his injuries and losses and ultimately reached a settlement in excess of £200,000.
If you or someone you know has suffered an acquired brain injury due to the actions or inactions of a third party, contact us to speak to one of our Personal Injury & Medical Negligence team. We can be contacted on 0800 731 8539 or email us.