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Head injury solicitor team attends Brain Injury Training Day in Wiltshire

Swindon and Wilts Neurological Alliance held a training day on 21 March at the Stratton Community Centre in Swindon, with the title ‘Neurology Matters’. The event was a great opportunity to hear presentations on a variety of neurological conditions, from MS to acquired brain injury.

The acquired brain injury seminar provided a useful insight into people who have sustained a traumatic brain injury – for example in a road traffic accident – and also those with an acquired brain injury, such as a haemorrhage or stroke.

Headway UK presented some key statistics on head injury. These facts included:

  • More than 500,000 people of working age are living with permanent disabilities as a result of a head injury in this country;
  • 90% of people with severe injuries who survive today would have died 30 years ago;
  • 78% of those with a head injury will have at least one relationship breakdown following their injury.

Behavioural problems

As part of the presentation, two guests were invited to speak about how their own serious head injuries had affected their lives. All aspects of life changed overnight: from physical effects, such as poor balance and coordination, to emotional and behavioural aspects, such as increased irritability, anger, fatigue, lack of awareness and disinhibition, to the cognitive problems of poor memory, poor concentration, reduced speed of information processing and planning, and problem solving.

Grieving process

The seminar looked at the effect of a head injury on all the family and the classic ‘bereavement process’ that they will go though. At first, the family are in shock and just want their loved one to pull though and survive. Then they feel relief as the person is out of danger; experience hope that he or she will make a full recovery; move onto realisation that their loved one is not going to get back to where they were before the accident; and then, finally, acceptance that their lives are very different.

The group discussion revealed the common theme (regardless of the neurological condition that people were working with) that there is a lack of support for carers and confusion about what services and benefits can be accessed.

SWNA aims to influence, promote, inform and actively support commissioners, providers of neurological service and support groups in Swindon and Wiltshire. The SWNA have an online survey for carers and those suffering with a neurological condition. This can be found at their website.

Lyons Davidson’s Head Injury Department specialise in all types of head and brain injury claims on behalf of the injured party. For more information please contact Laura Merry by emailing lmerry@lyonsdavidson.co.uk or phoning 0117 904 5718.

Posted on Apr 10th, 2012 by Lyons Davidson