In the realm of personal injury claims, not all cases are created equal. Head and brain injuries in particular, demand a level of expertise that goes beyond the ordinary. At Roche Legal, we understand the gravity of these cases and specialise in providing unparalleled legal support for clients facing such life-altering challenges.
The Serious Nature of Head & Brain Injuries
Unlike typical injury claims, head and brain injuries often lead to long-term, if not permanent, consequences. The impact on the individual’s life, from physical abilities to cognitive functions, is substantial. This complexity requires a deep understanding of medical nuances and the long-term implications these injuries can have on a person’s life.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Often caused by a sudden impact or blow to the head, TBIs can range from mild concussions to severe injuries resulting in long-term cognitive impairment.
Skull Fractures: A break in the skull bone, typically occurring due to a significant impact, which can lead to various complications, including damage to the brain tissue and surrounding structures.
Intracranial Hemorrhage: This refers to bleeding within the skull, such as subdural or epidural haematomas, where blood accumulates in the spaces around the brain, exerting pressure and potentially causing serious damage.
Diffuse Axonal Injury (DAI): Caused by rapid acceleration or deceleration, DAI involves widespread damage to the brain’s nerve fibers, often resulting in long-term cognitive and neurological deficits. This type of injury is possible with whiplash and can cause secondary damage to the brain by way of oxidative stress (caused by the production of excess “reactive oxygen species” (ROS) as a trauma response). The excess chemicals within the brain precipitate cognitive, memory, and emotional issues.
Penetrating Head Injury: Occurring when an object pierces the skull and enters the brain, these injuries can cause significant damage to brain tissue and may require urgent medical intervention.
Concussion: While often considered a milder form of head injury, repeated or severe concussions can have long-lasting effects on cognitive function and may lead to conditions like chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
These examples highlight the diversity and severity of traumatic head injuries, underscoring the need for specialised legal expertise when pursuing compensation for the associated damages and long-term consequences.
Experience Matters: Maximising Damages Payable
At Roche Legal, we recognise that head and brain injury claims require a team of experts who can navigate the intricacies of medical evidence, rehabilitation costs, and future care needs. Our experienced personal injury lawyers are well-versed in handling such cases, ensuring that every aspect is thoroughly examined to maximise the damages payable to our clients.
A head injury, mild traumatic brain injury, or even whiplash injury should not be underestimated as minor or inconsequential. Relying solely on general practitioners for the management of these conditions might hinder the recovery process as many brain injuries are not able to be detected by ordinary radiological scans.
Diagnosis often requires specialised imaging techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) scans, which provide more detailed insights into the brain’s structure and function. Additionally, clinical evaluations, neurological examinations, and, in the case of mild traumatic brain injuries, neuropsychological testing, play crucial roles in identifying the presence and extent of brain injuries. This comprehensive approach enables healthcare professionals to accurately diagnose and formulate appropriate treatment plans for individuals with diverse types of brain injuries.
Managing the head injury appropriately is not only important for your recovery, but also for your personal injury claim. Receiving appropriate care from a neurologist, an occupational & environmental physician, and neuropsychologist, who each possess specialised training and experience in handling these specific cases, will assist in forming an evidentiary basis that the injury exists. This is particularly necessary if the radiological scans don’t show anything abnormal.
If medical evidence is unable to be conclusive, ‘before and after’ statements from family members, friends and/or work colleagues can often assist to prove a change in a person’s intellectual functioning, personality and behaviour.
Without the right evidence to prove to the court that the claimed brain injury indeed exists, damages for that injury are unlikely to be awarded at all. Maximising damages for whiplash, head, and brain injuries, requires a personal injury lawyer to carefully consider which medical evidence should be obtained for the client’s case.
If a personal injury settlement is able to be negotiated, but the brain injury victim no longer has the legal capacity due cognitive decline, the court must sanction (approve) the proposed settlement. Settlement funds may be significant, requiring management from an entity such as the Public Trustee of Queensland.
Client Care Beyond the Norm
Understanding the challenges faced by our clients, Roche Legal takes pride in offering personalised and empathetic support. Recognising that traveling may pose additional hardships, our legal experts are readily available to visit clients at their homes. This ensures that quality legal advice is accessible without any unnecessary burden.
No Win, No Fee: Our Commitment to Justice
Roche Legal operates on a no win, no fee basis, emphasising our commitment to justice and our belief in the strength of our legal expertise. Clients can rest assured that we only succeed when they do, aligning our interests with theirs.
When it comes to head and brain injury claims, Roche Legal stands out as the go-to choice for those seeking unparalleled legal representation. Our team’s dedication to expertise, client care, and a no win, no fee approach make us the trusted partner you need during challenging times. Contact Roche Legal today and let us guide you on the path to rightful compensation and a brighter future.