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Can good truly emerge from disaster? In the case of five, brave determined women, each facing their own personal disaster, the answer is definitely YES.

Judy, Anne, Sue, Lynne and Lois met each other at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disabilities in Putney, in 2008 when they were caring for their husbands or sons who had been the victims of traumatic accidents that had left them severely brain injured.

“Not only had my life physically and emotionally imploded with my husband Simon’s accident, but I was faced with multiple decisions, new medical terms and no-one who really had the time to comfort, let alone advise me”, recalls Judy.

“Out of necessity, we started supporting each other – sharing information, helping overcome the emotional lows and celebrating each small step of progress”, says Lynne

Anne picks up the story, “It was not long before we started sharing information and helping others in the same position, and from that the idea of the Brain Injury is Big charity was born”

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology reports between 4,000 and 16,000 people living in a Vegetative State (part of the brain controlling thought and behaviour not functioning) in the UK, with up to 48,000 in a Minimally Conscious State (severe, but incomplete impairment of awareness). This raises the very human question – what would you do, how would you manage when someone you love is the victim of a sudden accident, or illness, which leaves them severely brain injured? Who would you turn to, where would you get information and support?

Brain Injury is BIG has been operating for ten years, offering support, understanding and a network of care for people who have loved ones with a severe brain injury. “We have been able to touch the lives of 100s of people via the information on our website, our forum, our clinics, our gatherings and phone line. We have also provided vital material support for many” adds Lois.

Visit us at www.braininjuryisbig.org.uk or call on 01483 770999

Supporting Brain Injury is BIG

Brain Injury Group is proud to have supported Brain Injury is BIG via its charity golf days for the last 7 years. This years event takes place on 17 October at Wychwood Park, Crewe and is being supported by a raft of companies from across the catastrophic injury world, bringing together 88 golfers from across the country to support the charity.

We’d like to thank all our sponsors:

Forster Dean Solicitors, ILS, Annecto Legal Limited, Paragon International Insurance Brokers, Sequoia Circle, Spotlight Childrens Services, 1 Crown Office Row, Evorio, Neurolink Occupational Therapy, Total Legal Solutions, No5 Barristers Chambers, Recovery First, Markel, Highview Care, Chiltern Music Therapy, Mark Bates Limited, Geoffrey Simpson-Scott (A Practical Guide to Clinical Negligence Post-Jackson), Re:Cognition Health, Exchange Chambers, Unionline Legal Services, Physio Function, Krysalis Neuro Occupational Therapy, Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management, Premex Services and Nestor.

Founding Members of Brain Injury is BIG

FounderPatientAccidentCurrent status
Judy Taylor Husband SimonCar accident- KentDied of pneumonia in 2012
Lynne Newman Son StewartCar accident - SurreyCared for at home
Anne Wake Son PeterViolent attack - DurhamDied from respiratory infection 2018
Lois RedmanHusband HowardNeck bleed and cardiac arrest - SurreyDied from respiratory infection 2013
Sue OrganHusband CharlesCycling accident - SussexDied in 2019
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Legal & Welfare Service (LAWS) online for brain injury help, advice and support

What is the Brain Injury Group?

Brain Injury Group is a free service designed to connect those affected by a brain injury (whether there is a claim or not) to a range of experts who may be able to offer advice and assistance.

If you’d like to find out more about the work of Brain Injury Group, you are at the right place! You can follow the links below to:

The Brain Injury Group exists to support individuals and families affected by brain injury and the health and social care professionals working in this specialist field. Our mission is to provide anyone affected by brain injury with access to advice on legal, financial and welfare benefit issues delivered by proven experts in the field who have been chosen not only for their skills and knowledge, but also for their passion and dedication to helping people.

As well as providing legal and welfare advice, Brain Injury Group provide training for legal, health and social care professionals. View our award winning Brain Injury Group brain injury training events.

The Brain Injury Group brain injury directory

The BIG Brain Injury Services Directory

How can Brain Injury Group help you?

If you would like advice about bringing a brain injury claim, capacity, deputyships, managing the award of compensation or any other aspect of brain injury welfare, legal or financial advice, we have specialist brain injury solicitors and Court of Protection solicitors who can assist.

You can find full details of Brain Injury Group members on our website or there are several ways to get in touch:

  1. Call us on 0800 612 9660 or 01737 852203
  2. Email us at enquiries@braininjurygroup.co.uk
  3. Complete this short enquiry form and we’ll get back to you
  4. Find a specialist brain injury solicitor near to you