Monthly Archives: February 2012

Claims For Head And Brain Injuries – The Best Source Of Advice

Some one contacted me and told me that they would like to do a guest post on how to obtain claims when it comes to medical topics. Here’s what their post:

Accidents involving injuries to the head or brain can have a wide variety of consequences, and every person’s situation is different. For those considering pursuing a claim for personal injury, one of the key decisions will be who to go to for advice.
Although a free advisory service such as the Citizen’s Advice Bureau are frequently able to offer guidance, and your local solicitor may be able to advise you on general aspects of personal injury claims, where a head or brain injury is involved, there are a number of factors that make it worth considering seeing a specialist lawyer.

First, the accident itself. A lawyer specialising in this kind of personal injury will be able to assist with presenting the accident to court in the manner that best illustrates the case. They are likely to be experienced with using reconstructions or expert evidence in this area, and are familiar with the kind of medical evidence courts will require.
Second, the severity of the consequences. Head injuries can result in significant alterations to the victim’s daily life, and may impact significantly on their employment or business. Lawyers with detailed knowledge of this area frequently have experts whose qualifications and knowledge they are able to recommend, such as physiotherapists, neurologists or other medical practitioners.
Third, and most importantly, damages. A specialist lawyer should be best placed to calculate the correct level of damages that should be claimed. They will also be able to advise on the prospect of claiming ‘interim’ payments. These are damages that are paid to a claimant where their claim looks likely to succeed, and permit them to put certain arrangements in place before the litigation process has concluded.
Fourth, timing. Not all consequences of a head or brain injury are immediately apparent. In cases where the symptoms take time to fully develop, a specialist solicitor is able to advise on how and when to commence a claim.
Finally, living arrangements. A specialist will be able to assist a claimant to arrange their affairs so that the consequences of the injury are anticipated and provided for. They will be able to help with matters like power of attorney, dealing with third parties, such as employers or banks, and putting claimants in touch with specialists who are equipped to assist them manage their daily affairs.
In cases of all severity, it is worth giving consideration to getting specialist legal advice. Though in some cases their time may seem more expensive, in the long run it can often prove to be the right decision.

 

Written by Amy Henderson, a writer on head injuries and medical negligence .

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“I have a dream”

Martin Luther King said I have a dream” not I have a plan. Keep this in mind as I write this post. 

Now, there hasn’t been a day since my accident that I haven’t woke up and thought to myself  “okay, I have a new direction of where my life is to go. I want to take this new path because I strongly support it.”

I am always trying to plan what I am going to do with my life and why. I don’t know how many brain injury victims do the same thing as I but I was at a seminar last month and this is what I learned:

The gym where I am a personal trainer is undergoing a transformation. We are trying out this new program that is supposed to feed the trainers clientele.

At a seminar for it, the man who invented it, Jeff Ruso, talked about his journey and how he got to where he is today. During the seminar he talked about how he had a dream but did not have a plan on how to make his dream happen.

He began to talk about how he started this program that is all online now with paper trails and spending nights in cheap hotels across Canada and the U.S.

He had no idea how to do it but he had a vision for what he wanted out of his product. Long Story short:

I and many other brain injury victims have dreams. Whether its to one day be able to walk again or play a sport, we all have some kind of dream.

Take me for example I wanted to play baseball after my injury, Now, I realize God didn’t want me to play baseball. No matter how good I was at it, that’s not what he wanted for me. Now, I get it. He wants me to help others with this injury.

 Okay, so now I have this dream of helping people with brain injuries. How do I do it? Now I need a plan to do it. OR DO I???

The dream is intact, As long as I can keep that dream intact I can help people with our injury. Thats the beauty of it. One day at a time, slowly but surely I help one here, help one there.

I’m even writing books on things that helped me and about my journey with a brain injury.

It’s kinda like that saying you hear on that ancestory.com commercials”you don’t need to know what your looking for, you just have to start looking.”

You don’t need to know how you are going to accomplish the feat, you just have to accomplish it.