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Home > News > Serious head and brain injury for rear seat passenger

31st August 2010

Serious head and brain injury for rear seat passenger

We were asked to represent a 16 year old boy, who was the victim of a road accident, in seeking accident compensation for the life-changing injuries he suffered. A passenger, he was thrown from the car when the young driver lost control and hit a lamppost and wall, and suffered serious head and brain injuries. For some time, it was feared that he would not survive and he received extensive treatment in an intensive care unit.

Long-term legacy of road accident injuries

The legacy of the injuries was so severe that even after he turned 18 he was unable to look after his own affairs and his father assisted him in dealing with the accident compensation claim.

Disadvantaged in the workplace as a result of serious injury

In addition to suffering serious head and brain injury, the boy also suffered a collapsed lung and developed an infection whilst being treated for this injury. Fortunately, he made a near full physical recovery, although he has been left with scarring to his chest. He also suffers some loss of vision as a result of receiving a fractured eye socket during the road accident.

However, the more serious injuries to his head, including multiple skull fractures, led to his development of epilepsy, anger management problems and memory problems, which will render him permanently disadvantaged in the workplace due to the significant impact on his short-term memory and concentration span.

Just starting out in employment, our client's prospects had been good for becoming a skilled tradesman, but following this road accident, his inability to remember instructions, or act on his own initiative, have rendered him unable to continue with any type of work.

Road accident compensation for injured passenger

The final conclusion of this claim for road accident compensation was deferred due to the lengthy rehabilitation he required. We and his father felt that he should be given as much time as necessary for the long-term prognosis to be determined. As is often the case in serious injury compensation claims, this claim took several years to conclude, but our accident compensation lawyers were able to secure an admission of liability early on in the claim, and obtain a substantial interim payment. This was to allow the family to begin to implement the necessary care package that he would require for life.

Following a final prognosis, our specialist accident compensation lawyers secured almost £1 million in road accident compensation, in an out of court settlement, and taking into account the interim payment.

Making a head and brain injury compensation claim

If you or a member of your family has suffered a traumatic head or brain injury in any type of accident, it is vital that you seek specialist advice as quickly as possible. Clear Answers’ specialist solicitors in our Serious Injury Unit, can give guidance and assistance on whether it is possible to make an accident compensation claim.

Our team of expert personal injury lawyers is waiting to help you, and will be happy to explain the claims process in plain English, and to answer any questions you may have regarding your accident claim.

If you would like Clear Answers to help you receive the accident compensation to which you are entitled, please telephone us now on 0800 783 9019 or complete our online compensation claim form and one of our representatives will contact you as soon as possible to discuss the circumstances of your accident and injury.

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