Ryan Smith, a 16-year-old from Lincolnshire, suffered a serious brain injury after being knocked off his bike back in July 2013. For the last year, he’s been receiving specialist care at a centre in Surrey, and was greeted by a crowd of over 100 local well-wishers as he returned home to Skegness last week.
When he was struck by a van last July whilst cycling to work, Ryan wasn’t wearing a bike helmet, and his father Mark is now campaigning for the law to make it compulsory for all cyclists to wear helmets. He is also campaigning for more care to be available for serious brain injury in the local area. Daily visits to Ryan at The Children’s Trust Centre in Surrey meant that the family drove over 27,000 miles. Ryan is now making a recovery and his family home in Skegness has been adapted to help.
Unfortunately, head injuries like Ryan’s’ are not uncommon, but wearing a cycle helmet can help to provide you with some level of protection. If someone you love has been injured by another driver, you may be able to claim compensation for their suffering – this could include the cost of any future care they may need as a result of their injuries or adaptations you may need to make to your home.
What happens when your brain is injured?
Serious brain injury, also referred to as traumatic brain injury can cause wide-ranging effects, which are different depending on the location and extent of the injury. Damage can be caused to the parts of the brain responsible for communication, concentration, memory and understanding. Communication problems are common after brain injury as are changes to emotional behaviour, which can often be very difficult for patients and their families to deal with. But you don’t have to suffer in silence – get in touch with a personal injury lawyer if someone you care about has suffered brain injury, to see if you could claim compensation.
How to claim compensation for serious brain injury
Accident Advice Helpline recognise that this is an incredibly stressful time for you and your family, but we are here to support you and make the claims process as simple and stress-free as possible. That’s why we offer confidential, no-obligation advice and a 100% no win, no fee* service, so there are no upfront fees to worry about. Because we’re endorsed by our patron, TV personality Esther Rantzen, and have 14 years’ experience in the personal injury industry, you know you can trust us to handle your claim professionally and in confidence. To discuss your specific circumstances with a member of our expert team today, just call our freephone helpline – we’re here 24/7 to take your call.
Date Published: September 16, 2014
Author: David Brown