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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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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