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Acquired Brain Injury

What is a Acquired Brain Injury?

An acquired brain injury is caused by events after birth rather than as part of a genetic or congenital disorder such as perinatal hypoxia or fetal alcohol syndrome. These impairments are usually caused by a head injury such as physical trauma as a result of an accident, assault and neurosurgery. Every injury is unique, which means that the symptoms can vary according to the extent and location of the damaged tissue. It is believed according to HeadWay that 11,000 people in Ireland have suffered a traumatic brain injury annually. With a further 7,000 being diagnosed with a stroke which lead to an acquired brain injury.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms can include cognitive changes such as personality/behaviour, difficulty processing information, short attention span, memory loss, change in vision and hearing or tremors/seizures. The physical changes can uncover themselves as fatigue, headaches, chronic pain and loss of taste and smell. An acquired brain injury can also cause behaviour changes in a person such as impulsivity, irritability, inappropriate behaviour, depression, lack of initiative and sexual behaviour. So if you or someone you know has experienced these changes physically or cognitively then please seek medical attention. These symptoms can be life changing and can affect your home life, job and relationships so if you believe that you suffered a brain injury that wasn’t your fault don’t hesitate to get in touch.

What are the causes?

An acquired brain injury can occur from a result of:

  • Traumatic injury such as a road traffic accident
  • Fall , trip or slip
  • Brain tumour
  • Haemorrhage
  • Viral infection such encephalitis or meningitis
  • Anoxia & Hypoxia (lack of oxygen in the brain)

These are just a few of the causes of an acquired brain injury. An injury such as this can change a person’s life and cause unnecessary costs and psychological strain. That’s why at Sincere Law we aim to help get your life back on track and strive for justice for your injury.

How long does it take to recover?

Time taken to recover from an acquired brain injury can differ depending on severity of the injury and complications that may have occurred. In some cases rehabilitation can take a number of weeks but in severe cases this can take years to fully recover. This means that time spent recovering can mean time off work or even loss of job. Also attending physiotherapy and hospital appointments can be costly and time consuming. This is why we believe that you or a loved one should not be worse off if you have sustained an injury that wasn’t your fault.

How can we help your rehabilitation

At Sincere Law we aim to help our clients in anyway possible in order for them to get the help they need to recover from their injuries. We will refer you or your loved one to the best medical practitioners to help your rehabilitation and long term recovery. In severe injury cases we know that some brain injuries can have long term effects so we pride ourselves on not just getting justice and compensation for your injury but also piece of mind and support for your care, how ever long it takes. Sincere Law have over 20 years of experience in personal injury and have a proven track record of helping our clients get the best possible outcome for their needs.

How do I make a claim?

You can make a claim either by calling us on 0800 092 2896 for a no obligation conversation about your claim or you can request a call back from our website at We will aim to get back to you as soon as possible and providing that all the information you provide is honest and correct we can direct you to the appropriate specialist solicitor.

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