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Brain injury in children

Moore Blatch can provide the help and support that you need when caring for a child with a brain injury. This includes building the best possible case for compensation to ensure that you can pay for the medical services that your child needs. It also means giving you simple, honest advice about this challenging situation.

More than 70,000 children suffer brain injuries every year, whether traumatic or non-traumatic.

Hear from expert child brain injury lawyer Damian Horan about child brain injury claims

Traumatic brain injuries – Caused by an impact to the head commonly occurring in:

  • Road traffic accidents
  • Slips, trips, falls
  • Sporting accidents

Non-traumatic brain injuries – Caused by another condition including:

  • Stroke
  • Tumours
  • Various infections

The brain is complex and every brain injury is unique. This is especially true when children are concerned. A human brain is growing and developing for the first 20 years of life and when a developing brain is injured it can take years for many symptoms to be truly apparent. It is virtually impossible to predict how a child will be affected by a head injury

We can, however, call on years of experience supporting families who have been affected by a brain injury. We can recommend the best medical expertise, provide a wealth of information on symptoms and treatments; and connect families with support structures designed to provide a helping hand when times are tough.

In partnership with the Child Brain Injury Trust, Moore Blatch solicitors provide a Legal Support Service across the South of England. We support and advise families across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex and Kent. We are the only law firm working in partnership with this charity in these areas. The Child Brain Injury Trust provides invaluable support and guidance to children having sustained a brain injury and their families, and working with this charity enables us to provide a service to our clients which is second to none.

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The symptoms of brain injuries in children

While the symptoms of mild brain injury can involve discomfort and minor memory loss, the symptoms of moderate to severe brain injury can be life long, or even life threatening.

Children who suffer brain injuries are at risk of long term physical and learning disabilities. They could even undergo complete and permanent personality changes.

We have supported many families whose children demonstrated erratic or even aggressive behaviour following an accident. This can be distressing for parents but help is at hand.

The important thing to remember is that the sooner the child receives treatment the better the result. It is essential to be aware of the warning signs which a child might display:

  • Speaking difficulty
  • Lack of comprehension
  • Confusion
  • Behavioural changes
  • Lack of concentration
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness in limbs
  • Memory loss
  • Learning difficulty
  • Anxiety or depression

Treating brain injury in children

Brain injuries are so diverse and unpredictable that there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ cure.

Fortunately, however, there are a variety of treatments and rehabilitation services which can help children to regain some of the skills that they lose as a result of traumatic or non-traumatic injury.

Rehabilitation helps people with brain injuries to make improvements in life and gain as much independence as possible.

We can provide detailed guidance on the best rehabilitation services available and also help parents to set realistic goals for your child.

There are a number of brain injury therapies available to children at different stages of their recovery:

  • Inpatient rehabilitation – hospital treatment following an accident
  • Specialist treatment centres – providing various treatment to inpatients or day visitors
  • Community therapy – care workers who treat the child at home, school or local centre

We will ensure that funding is secured at an early stage to appoint a case manager to help manage the child’s needs throughout their childhood. It may also be appropriate for a support worker to be appointed to work with the child, particularly at school. It is not uncommon for children with brain injuries to have extra learning requirements, and to have their needs assessed by the Local Authority and detailed in what is called a Statement of Educational Needs. Together with the case manager and support worker we shall ensure that the child’s needs are fully assessed, and that the required support is provided to ensure the child’s development is maximised. The case manager and support worker will work closely with the brain injured child and their family, and it is therefore important that the child and family are involved in the process of appointing these professionals.

Cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy is a brain injury caused by a lack of oxygen at birth. It can be devastating to families and, in many instances, it could have been avoided.

Children affected by cerebral palsy may not develop the ability to walk, talk, eat or play; things many of us take for granted. While the condition cannot be cured, its effects can be limited in a number of ways.

Moore Blatch solicitors fight for compensation on behalf of the children and their families affected by avoidable cerebral palsy. The money they receive won’t cure their loved one’s condition but it will ensure that they receive the best possible treatment and rehabilitation from the experts.

Caring for children with brain injuries

Brain injuries in children affect entire families in every aspect of their life. They are distressing in the early stages of rehabilitation and challenging throughout the rest of the child’s life. They place strain on relationships and can carry financial burden too.

Other young children can react to tragedies in different ways depending upon their age. Some act out their own behavioural changes as they struggle to adapt to the situation. That’s why it is so important for parents to remember to look after all of their children; not to mention themselves.

In our experience, there will be times when parents, siblings and other care providers will struggle to come to terms with the reality of their situation. At other times they might experience strong feelings of guilt or blame. These feelings are perfectly normal. We are here to assure parents and families that they are not alone.

Moore Blatch Solicitors provide the legal advice and practical support you need.

  • We offer a bespoke, personal service
  • Access to the highest quality rehabilitation services
  • More than 30 year brain injury claim experience
  • An unbeatable track record with many multi-million pound settlements
  • The leading barristers and medical experts

Call us today for more information.