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Brain injury

If you have experienced a severe brain or head injury your life, and the lives of those around you, will change for ever. Our brain injury team has more than 30 years’ experience of securing millions in compensation for injured clients, and is accredited by a number of brain injury charities as experts in this specialist field. We can guide you through the process of a legal claim step by step to help you achieve the best possible outcome.

If you have suffered a catastrophic head injury, for example in a road crash or accident at work, it is important that you have access to early treatment and rehabilitation to aid your long-term recovery.

We are experts at securing early interim payments where we can show that a defendant and their insurance company is liable for your injury.  These can be used to help pay for the cost of early treatment, physiotherapy, specialist equipment and adapted accommodation. 

If you or a loved one has been left without capacity after a brain injury the compensation they receive in a successful claim may run to several million pounds. We have many years’ experience of working with Court of Protection Deputies and financial advisers to help protect the financial position of vulnerable clients. 

To talk to the brain injury team phone us on 020 7650 1200, or email postbox@leighday.co.uk.  If you are unable to visit any of our UK offices our lawyers can visit you at home, or in hospital to talk in more detail about what is involved in a legal case, and ways to pay for a claim.

Brain injury compensation case studies

K’s story

K suffered a severe brain injury whilst on holiday with his family in Italy. He was knocked over whilst crossing the road and spent almost a month in hospital before being repatriated to the UK for further medical treatment.

The claim was pursued with his son acting as his litigation friend and a professional deputy appointed to manage his property and financial affairs due to the brain injury affecting K’s ability to handle his own affairs.

The Leigh Day team had to obtain specialist forensic accident reconstruction evidence to prove the circumstances of the accident. The case was particularly complicated because the defendant was a French national and the case was governed by Italian law.

K lived at home with his wife and one of his adult sons. He required significant care and had developed behavioural difficulties as a result of his brain injury. He needed significant treatment from a neuropsychologist.
The team at Leigh Day secured early interim payments and a specialist brain injury case manager was appointed to bring together a multi- disciplinary team and to set up a team of support workers. Lawyers from Leigh Day worked to ensure K’s family could pay for adaptations to his home to make it more suitable for his needs.

Terms of settlement were agreed in principle at a settlement meeting held shortly before trial and subsequently approved by the Court. The team at Leigh Day secured damages to cover K’s life-long need for 24-hour care, professional deputyship, case management and therapies to enable him to enjoy the best possible quality of life. 


Partner Sally Moore and associate Laura Murphy acted for Holly, who was knocked over by a car whilst crossing a road in August 2014 shortly before her 20th birthday.
She suffered a severe traumatic brain injury, fractured the right side of her pelvis and suffered a right adrenal haematoma. She was admitted to the critical care unit of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. 
Following her discharge from hospital she was cared for her by her mother, who gave up her full time position as a college tutor and moved to a part time role instead to care for Holly. 
Holly has had significant ongoing cognitive problems since the accident including poor memory, mood swings, headaches and fatigue. Holly, who had been applying for apprenticeships at the time of the accident, has not been able to work since.
The Leigh Day team was instrumental in appointing a specialist brain injury case manager at the earliest opportunity. The case manager assisted Holly in moving into her own home to live independently and arranged for support workers to start providing her with support. She also arranged for Holly to have therapies including occupational therapy and neuropsychology. Holly has returned to college since the accident to study accountancy and the support workers assist her in completing her coursework. 
With support Holly was able, last year, to go on a skiing holiday with other brain injury survivors. 
As Holly had some pre-accident educational and emotional difficulties, this was a very complex case. The Leigh Day team instructed the most appropriate specialist medical experts to provide evidence setting out the differences between what Holly’s life would have been like, and Holly post brain injury. Together with an experienced barrister, Sally and Laura were able to achieve a very favourable settlement for Holly at an Independent Evaluation.

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