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Supporting brain injury survivors

Carrying on the theme of brain injury awareness, we look at supporting brain injury survivors.

Recovering compensation for clients is only part of the story for our legal experts.

We talk about supporting brain injury survivors, but what does that look like in real terms?

One example is that of a 21-year-old male who we were working with after he suffered a brain injury. At the time of his accident, Rob was still living at home with his parents.

As is quite common in brain injury survivors, his injury made him prone to bursts of anger.

These outbursts often came unexpectedly and could be difficult for family members to cope with. Robs mum found it particularly distressing. His younger sibling couldn’t manage with the situation and moved out of the family home.

Working with the family, we began looking at the feasibility of Rob moving out of the family home and taking up his own tenancy.

We appointed a case manager to look at carrying out an independent living trial. This involved identifying a suitable property that was affordable; Rob tended to be impulsive, so this was especially difficult.

Once a property was secured, we helped to manage the purchase of furniture, electrical goods and all the basics, such as crockery and bedding.

The next stage involved providing a support worker who would help Rob with his independent living, especially tasks like shopping and paying bills.

Rob now lives his own life with the financial security that his compensation provides.

If you need specialist legal advice following an accident or medical negligence that has resulted in a brain injury, call and speak to us today, in total confidence – 01302 320621.

Specialist advice and support is also available from Headway.

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Action for brain injury survivors

As part of Action for Brain Injury Week 2021, we look at the support available for brain injury survivors.

Brain injuries in both adults and children can be acquired in a number of ways and to varying degrees.

Dramatic advances in neurosurgery mean that more people are not only able to survive serious head injuries now, but they are also able to live much longer too. This can mean that complex care and support is needed, often for long periods of time.

Where the brain injury is due to the negligence of another person, perhaps through a road accident, an accident at work or medical negligence, our highly skilled legal team works hard to make sure the injured is property compensated, not just for now but for the long-term too.

How we can help

In addition to securing compensation, we work closely with experienced case managers who understand the rehabilitation approach and can set up individually tailored personal care support schemes.

Further support can be provided by helping to appoint professionals who can make financial and welfare decisions if there are issues around mental capacity.

Atherton Godfrey is also a member of Headway, the brain injury association that works tirelessly to provide information and support for brain injury survivors and their families.

Promoting understanding

Understanding the effects of brain injury and knowing how to best support survivors is the focus of annual Headway campaigns.

This year’s campaign, which runs from 17 to 23 May, is A Life of Lockdown? Focusing on the social isolation brain injury suffers endure day in and day out.

Headway said: “Covid-19 has been tough on everyone. Repeated lockdowns have left people isolated and lonely, often harming their mental wellbeing.

“But imagine living every day of your life in isolation. The effects of brain injury, such as problems with memory, information processing or speech, compounded by a lack of understanding of this often hidden disability, can leave survivors lacking the confidence to interact with society.”

For more details about the support Headway provides, visit their website:

Legal support

If you need legal support following a brain injury, please call us on 01302 320621 or email

Peace of mind

You can talk to us about your options, in complete confidence and with absolutely no obligation to take the matter further, that will always be your choice.

Legal aid is available for children who are injured at birth and no win-no fee agreements are available.

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Headway accredited brain injury solicitors

If you suffer broken bones in an accident you can see the impact the accident had. But what if you sustain a brain injury?

While the injury may not be apparent, brain injury survivors and their families often have significant, permanent life-style changes to deal with.

If you decide to pursue compensation to help get your life back on track, you want to know that the solicitor you choose to work with is fully capable of providing the entire support needed.

Atherton Godfrey is an accredited member of Headway, the brain injury association, something that can only be achieved by specialist solicitors with extensive experience of handling brain injury cases.

Accreditation is awarded on an annual basis, following a rigorous assessment of the solicitor’s skills, experience and ability to provide comprehensive support to brain injury survivors.

Brain injury survivors need support in ways that others may not even think about. For example, recalling important details can be difficult, or even impossible.

Survivors may need extensive support from family members or specialist carers to enable them to attend medical or legal appointments. These difficulties, along with the frustration often felt, are well understood by our team of accredited experts.

In addition to the specialist solicitors, we also have qualified nursing staff on the team and have access to an extensive network of medical and support professionals.

Do you need legal support?

Brain injury is a highly complex subject and the claim will probably take time to settle, so you need to be comfortable working with the solicitor. If you would like to speak to us, on a no obligation basis, call 01302 320621 or email

If you want to do a little research first, have a look at the Head Injury Solicitors Directory  There you will find a full list of accredited legal experts. You will also find important advice on what to ask solicitors to help you make your choice.

Headway is a charity that works to improve life after a brain injury, by providing vital support and information services. You can find more information on their website –

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Brain Injury Legal Specialist

We are delighted to announce that John McQuater, a partner and the head of our litigation department, has been accredited as a Brain Injury Specialist. He is one of only 23 solicitors in England, and the only one in South Yorkshire, to receive this accolade.

The accreditation, awarded by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), follows a rigorous assessment of his knowledge, skills, experience and success in managing and progressing traumatic brain injury compensation claims.

Mr McQuater, who has been handling personal injury cases for over 30 years, and has a vast amount of experience in handling traumatic brain injury cases, which involve severe and often life changing injuries.

He recommended by both the Legal 500 and Chambers UK. He holds APIL accreditation as a Senior Fellow and is an assessor for lawyers aspiring to become accredited personal injury or clinical negligence experts.

Commenting on the accreditation, Mr McQuater said: “I am delighted to receive the accreditation. It is further reassurance to those who need specialist legal advice that this is the right place to come.

No two cases are the same. Each person will need varying levels of care, treatment and rehabilitation. Clients can be assured that we will assert and enforce their rights and recover the highest possible amount of compensation for them.”

Mr McQuater is now also an Assessor for the brain injury specialist accreditation scheme where he will use his expertise to assess the capabilities of lawyers aiming to specialise in this highly complex field.


Media contact: Gail Harris