Anne Sanders has worked as a personal injury lawyer for over 21 years. In this article, Anne talks passionately about her clients and her work with brain injury…
I have had the privilege of working with some amazingly resilient clients who have suffered from catastrophic injuries including brain injuries.
The result of being in the wrong place at the wrong time and being involved in an accident, not caused by them, which has left them with life changing injuries.
Their stories are not only of resilience in the face of adversity but stories of love. Love ultimately from their family and friends, love from health professionals and yes love from their solicitor.
This is the team that will help the injured person slowly put their life back together.
As a personal injury solicitor, kindness, empathy and compassion are just some of the qualities that will sustain and help a seriously injured client.
A brain injury from a moment of madness
But this is not my story, it is the story of a 15-year-old who was hit by a car in broad daylight. The driver left the scene. A fleeting moment of madness maybe? Ultimately, one that left behind a lifetime of pain for my client and their family.
As you would expect he was taken to hospital immediately. His injuries included multiple fractures to his face, fractured collar bone, punctured lung, fractured ribs and a severe blow to the head which happened, we can only assume, when he hit the pavement or the windscreen. It is this blow to the head that led to his acquired brain injury.
He was discharged from hospital after 5 days. Unusually, there was no follow up from the hospital. Either he fell through the cracks or he or his family did not realise the seriousness of the brain injury he had been left with.
He was helped by the Child Brain Injury Trust and encouraged to seek legal advice. That is when they came into my life approximately 10 months after the accident.
By this time, those who practice will be aware, that potentially a window of opportunity had been missed with respect to brain rehabilitation. There is research to suggest that the earlier brain rehabilitation happens the better the outcomes.
However, all was not lost.
Compensation and rehabilitation
I started liaising with the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) who deal with and compensate victims of uninsured and untraced drivers. The MIB are required to make extensive enquiries with the police which they did. This culminated in an acceptance that they would be required to compensate my client 18 months after first contact with them in early 2020.
However, what the MIB did do at an early stage was to listen to and agree to my request to become involved in my client’s rehabilitation.
To that end, I have had a rehabilitation case manager involved in the case for nearly two years. Initially, the rehabilitation case manager organised an immediate needs assessment (INA) and the MIB agreed to fund the steps recommended. Subsequently, the case manager keeps in regular contact with my client and provides regular reports setting out how his rehabilitation goals may have changed over time and seeks (and importantly gets) funding from the MIB. Funding which sits outside the final compensation package.
Brain injury support
Support has been given in terms of cognitive rehabilitation, vocational workplace rehabilitation, help with his fatigue, memory and poor concentration.
Progress is slow in light of the severe cognitive difficulties my client now suffers from due to his brain injury. However, with the support of the MIB who are funding the rehabilitation and the implementation of a good rehabilitation plan I am confident that this client can return to a level of independent living.
As to the final compensation package, the steps needed to finalise that are being put into place. In the meantime, interim payments are being made to enable rehabilitation. At the moment it is the ongoing help in terms of the rehabilitation, not a final settlement figure, which will make the biggest difference to my client’s life and that of his ever-loving family.
About Anne Sanders, Partner, Personal Injury Team, Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors
Anne is a highly experienced personal injury practitioner with Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors. She concentrates on complex injury cases, dealing with a wide range of matters including accidents at work, road traffic accidents, and public liability cases.
She has developed her practice to specialise in neuropathic pain cases and her practice areas also include amputees, fatal accidents and acquired brain injury cases. Anne also has extensive knowledge of the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) Agreements.
Anne puts the client at the heart of everything she does and her primary focus is early rehabilitation for those who have suffered catastrophic injuries. She is committed to assisting clients in obtaining early rehabilitation and is an advocate of the Rehabilitation Code.
How Brain Injury Group can help?
Access to, and implementation of, an early rehabilitation plan is key in brain injury rehabilitation. As such, a rehabilitation plan needs to be in place as soon as possible. Compensation for brain injuries can be key to implementing the plan quickly. However, this might be a difficult task for personal injury solicitors inexperienced in brain injuries. Crucially, this is where Brain Injury Group can help.
Brain Injury Group is a network of approved personal injury solicitors with brain injury expertise. Moreover, our member firms have the complex injury experience to get the best possible rehabilitation and compensation for brain injuries.
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