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Supporting Brain Awareness Week: 13th - 17th March 2017

Suleikha Ali from the clinical negligence team at Leigh Day explains why Leigh Day is supporting Brain Awareness Week which has been taking place this week (13-17 March 2017)

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16 March 2017

Brain Awareness Week is a global campaign organised by the Dana Foundation to help increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research and investing in neurological care.

Each year Brain Awareness Week unites organisations around the world in celebration of the brain. Different organisations focus on trying to raise awareness of the brain through open days at neuroscience labs, exhibitions and social media campaigns.

Many of the organisations involved in promoting Brain Awareness Week are those that help and support individuals who have suffered an acquired brain injury.

A brain injury can occur for a number of reasons and is not always detected immediately after an accident or illness, especially where there is no obvious external injury to the head.

A traumatic brain injury can be as a result from damage to the brain caused by an impact to the head, for example by fall from height or in a road traffic accident. Non- traumatic brain injuries can be as a result of illness.

Common causes can include infections (encephalitis or meningitis), hypoxia, tumours, hydrocephalus and vascular problems such as strokes.

At Leigh Day we act for clients who have acquired a brain injury as a consequence of personal injury or medical negligence. In representing those clients we have seen first-hand the devastating effects of brain injury and the importance of rehabilitation.

We are supporting Brain Awareness Week because we hope that through increased research into the brain; and investing in neurological care more can be done to help treat, support and rehabilitate those individuals whose lives have changed completely as a result of a brain injury.

Suleikha Ali, a Solicitor in the clinical negligence department at law firm Leigh Day, who acts for clients who have acquired a brain injury says:

"From our clients I have seen how life altering a brain injury can be, not just for the injured person but for their family and friends too. That is why I think it is important to raise awareness of the brain and brain injuries so that those who suffer from a brain injury can be better understood and can receive the help and support they need"

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