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Heather Kearton-Gee of Lyons Davidson’s head injury team attended an excellent training day on running a brain injury claim at the Montague Hotel, London on 16 November 2016.

Matthew Stockwell, barrister at Outer Temple Chambers spoke about client care for brain injured clients. He also addressed:

  • Effective case planning from the outset of a brain injury claim;
  • Funding options for claims
  • The importance of witness statements in brain injury claims (including those from friends and family members); and
  • The importance of assessing mental capacity on an ongoing basis.

Medico-legal opinion

Neil Sugarman of GLP Solicitors covered the importance of early rehabilitation with reference to the Rehabilitation Code 2015. He also looked at best practice for instructing case managers and for monitoring ongoing case management. The pitfalls of not having medico-legal opinion on the need for rehabilitation was also discussed.

Brain injury

There was a moving account from a victim of brain injury, who discussed her experience of the claims process and of rehabilitation provided by the NHS and private providers through the litigation process.

The final session was from costs draftsman Gemma Taylor from MRN; she looked at cost budgeting in a brain injury case and problems specific to brain injury claims.

It was an informative and engaging day.

For more information on any of the issues raised in this article or for more information on head injuries or brain injuries in general, please contact Heather Kearton-Gee by emailing [email protected] or calling 0117 394 5059.