Brain Injured Teen’s Mother Backs New Research

One of the major problems of fully understanding the damage caused to brain cells in a brain injury is properly analysis of problems following brain injury due to the limitation of existing scanners. This is something that Action Medical Research (a brain injury charity) wishes to address.

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Understanding Kira

Erika Cullen’s daughter Kira suffered a head injury in a car crash aged 2. The crash left her unable to use her left arm and has also left her unable to perform numerous daily tasks including eating and washing.

In an interview with the Argus, Erika is glad that she retained her personality and happiness in life despite the injuries, saying: “She’s got the same happy personality she had before her head injury. Thankfully, she has no real understanding of what has happened to her. Kira is able to talk, but her speech is limited. She can read at about the level of a six or seven-year-old.”

Kira retaining her personality and not understanding her injury is something that Erika has come to learn through time, Kira now being 16, but one struggle for parents when a child suffers brain injury is that they often can’t tell what is going to happen to their child’s cognitive powers, physical powers and personality. This is something Action Medical Research are currently working on.

 

Better Scans

Action Medical Research is looking into the development of better scanning technology which can better diagnose problems following brain injury. Currently working alongside the Imperial College in London, they are searching for a way to help doctors “predict” how a brain injury will affect a child by looking at individual sections of brain.

Kira’s mother said of the research “The brain is so complex. There definitely needs to be more research into how different parts of the brain are used, and whether memory can be improved to help children in their everyday life.”

“I would love to know more about what Kira is able to understand and whether she thinks ahead.”

Other research in association with universities in Exeter and East Anglia are looking into the use of computer assisted learning programmes to try and boost memory, academic performance and social skills following a brain injury.

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More Info

If you’d like to know more about brain injuries, you can take a look at our brain injury pages here. Sincere Law are specialist serious injury solicitors and have worked for years alongside charities and specialists to ensure all of our previous clients’ needs are met.

Brain injuries take huge tolls on the sufferer and their family, often affecting everyday life and working commitments for all involved. We are often required to appoint a team of experts to calculate what care is needed and how much it will cost post injury.

If you’d like to speak to one of our advisers for free, impartial, conscientious advice please don’t hesitate and call 0800 092 2896. Alternatively you can get in touch via our contact page online also.

 

“Calculating New Route”- Google Maps Now Warns You of Traffic Audibly

Great news for road traffic accident prevention! Google Maps has recently released an update that now audibly tells drivers when they are approaching congestion, giving them the knowledge without needing to take their eyes off the road.

Seamless Journeys, Safer Journeys

Spoken traffic alerts are the latest innovation to hit smartphones by Google. With the ability now to automatically hear traffic updates along your route, you will not only be on top of your journey, but will also be much safer having not being required to pick up the phone whilst driving.

With smartphone injuries up 43% in 2015, the lure of staring at a screen has become too much for many Brits, who now see themselves falling victim to avoidable accidents like walking into obstructions (43% of people admitted walking into something).

Research conducted back in 2014, gave us an indication that up to 1 in 4 car accidents are now caused by mobile phone use while driving, with further studies showing a rise of 16% in just the first quarter of 2014 of pedestrians killed or seriously injured in incidents where smartphones have beared the brunt of the blame.

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Saving Time, Saving Lives

With the introduction of audible updates on all smartphone devices, the new feature could go a long way to addressing the growing concerns about driver and pedestrian safety at the hands of distractions like phones.

Having been banned since 2003, mobile phone use while driving is still unfortunately a common cause of road traffic accidents over the last decade, with offenders not always easy to spot by police given the sometimes discreet nature of texting below the door line.

The new app will eradicate previous faults, which include having to look for new routes while driving into traffic, as an update of traffic on your route will be described before you set off, enabling you to change routes before leaving your house. You will also receive updates as soon as congestion develops, giving you time to choose a new route or simply be aware that you will need to slow down as you approach queues.

 


The dangers of texting while driving

A practical Approach

Sincere Law feel that while the initial innovation of the app was to give road users more warning and more choice when commuting, we are pleased to see a company like Google take a proactive approach in reducing accidents, as a result of distracted driving.

Driver error causes 90% of accidents, with mobile phone use being a large percentage of that. With phones consistently evolving and giving us more applications and uses, it could be easy to become carried away and allow the different distractions a mobile can offer to affect driving.

The urge to find a particular album or playlist on your iPhone library, or check out how your village is getting along in Clash of Clans, while only taking a few seconds to accomplish, can prove fatal. Sincere Law Senior Partner David Byrne spoke to us about the update; stating:

With so many uses for a smartphone nowadays it is such an easy distraction. The user can potentially think ‘it won’t happen to me’ that they could lose control while using a device. Unfortunately it does happen and it can destroy lives, this new feature will go a long way to fighting that. Congestion can lead to stress and to more accidents, alleviating this is a major step towards reduction in road traffic accidents from distraction, stress and poor driving decisions”.

 

Have Texting Drivers Affected You?

Distracted drivers (in any sense) are high risks on the road to fellow drivers, cyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians, runners or anybody within their vicinity. A crash as a result of distracted driving can easily spiral into catastrophic or fatal accidents.

With over 23 years of experience and an entire team of Road Traffic Accident specialists, Sincere Law knows what the impact of an accident can be and what is needed to begin the healing process for all affected.

The process can affect families, an individual’s whole life (physically and psychologically) and also cause considerable damage to their own property, such as their car, motorcycle or bike.

These cases can be sensitive and require careful consideration as to what steps to take. This is something we’re well versed in. We have made it our pledge to conduct all claims under a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis, providing an upfront and honest account has been given, in order to reduce stress and eliminate any risk for those that have already suffered so much.

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To get free, impartial advice from one of our team of experts, you can get in touch via either filling out our contact form here, by emailing us at info@sincerelaw.co.uk and giving the relevant details, or by calling us when convenient for you (we’re open every day from 8am – 9pm) on 0800 092 2896.

We’re always ready to advise you on the best course of action and will always be honest about what we can do for you. If you have suffered at the hands of a negligent driver, begin your claim today. Remember, claiming compensation is your best way of ensuring the guilty party comes to justice.

If you are a driver and use Google maps to get about, we encourage you to update your app and make good use of the new innovation today!

“No win no fee” – What this means to you?

It’s a phrase thrown around with tremendous aplomb inside the Law industry. Something you would probably notice more if it wasn’t featured on a law firm’s website front page and seemingly par for the course for every personal injury Solicitors in the modern age. What does it mean though? Do Solicitors work for free? Surely there’s a catch? Continue reading

‘One in five accidents involves a Lorry’- according to statistics

 

According to reports, one in five accidents on the UK’s roads involves a Lorry/HGV. This is a frightening and worrying statistic, not only for lorry drivers but other motorists on the road. A number of factors can implicate this but the most common are driver error, mechanical error or the UK’s weather conditions and with the colder, winter weather now fast approaching, it is important that we become extra vigilant when commuting in our cars and motorcycles.

What are the main causes?

Lorry accidents can happen due to a number of factors, here is a list of the most common:

  • Driver failure
  • Driver asleep or under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Mechanical fault of the cab or trailer
  • The load on the trailer not secured
  • Bad weather conditions such as high wind, snow, ice or heavy rain
  • Blind spots
  • Overtaking a lorry and the driver not seeing you when you move lanes
  • Tailgating
  • Driver too close to other vehicle
  • Spray from lorry causing lack of visibility

These are just a few reasons from a long list of scenarios in which a lorry can cause, or be involved in, a road traffic accident. These accidents mainly occur on the motorways, where lorry drivers spend most of the time, thanks largely to the increases of modern day consumerism. The increasing amount road haulage caused by this contributes to tighter deadlines for delivery and increases the congestion on our roads,  not to mention the high numbers of EU lorry drivers delivering much needed products and food items.

Another issue that is caused by these increased, often long haul journey’s is driver fatigue and according to figures released by RoSPA in 2011,  20% of road accidents are caused by driver fatigue.

These are just a few issues that have caused road traffic accidents involving lorries. On a much wider scale it is clear that more still needs to be done to help make our roads safer by increasing lorry driver safety.

Accidents in the news

Its seem like every day we see an accident on our roads involving a lorry of some description. In August 2015, a nine year old girl suffered broken bones in an accident that involved a lorry. It was reported that she was crossing the road, when was struck by a lorry carrying paving stones. Thankfully the young girl is still alive but she did have to stay in hospital for a few days.

Sadly the same cannot be said about another accident that took place in the same month on the M20 in Kent, which resulted in the tragic death of a lorry driver and left a teenager in a serious condition. In this instance the lorry driver had hit the teenager’s Vauxhall Corsa, who following the crash emerged from his vehicle initially unharmed but was then struck by another car, which failed to stop.

What are the impacts of a accident involving a lorry?

The injuries that can be sustained from an accident involving a lorry can differ depending on the severity of the accident. Injuries can be minor, such as bruising or more severe, such as serious head fractures or brain damage. A road traffic accident often does not just affect the life of the drivers involved but also their family and friends,  as the strain and upset of a serious injury can reverberate through all aspects of your life.

Recovering from an injury will more often than not force the victim to take time off work resulting in a loss of earnings. This in-turn can increase the pressure on the victim’s family as they struggle to meet household bills.

The victim can also be affected emotionally by the limitations of their injury, which can restrict you from carrying out simple daily routine, such as walking unaided down the stairs or playing with your children, as well as stop you doing the things you love and enjoy, whether that is playing football, attending the gym, running or any other kind of recreational activity.

How we can aid your recovery

At Sincere Law, we pride ourselves in making sure you receive the best treatment and care possible. This involves finding the best doctors, surgeons and physiotherapists to help your recovery. We can also advise you on how your claim is going and provide interim payments when and where needed, for example, to pay for specialist home care, so rest assured, that we will be with you every step of the way, throughout your recovery, right up to the conclusion of your case and beyond.

Furthermore, when your case comes to its natural end we will continue to support you and your loved ones and help you in any way we can. We understand that in the most severe instances, a serious injury can have lifelong implications for the victim and their loved ones and can result in the need for a lifetime of care and support.

Thanks to our experience and standing within the profession, we can ensure that you are offered specialist care and put in place crisis teams, that can help all aspects of your recovery, including dedicated home care packages for serious injuries such as  head impacts. We also understand the challenging aspects that come with dealing with the turmoil of experiencing a serious accident, for you and your loved ones and just how hard it can be to deal with the aftermath. That is why we offer family counselling where it is needed or individual treatment, in the instance that you or one of your family members are suffering psychologically, as a result of the victim’s injury.

At Sincere Law, we go above and beyond to ensure that if there is anything we can do to help make life after the accident easier, whether that is help for the victim or those closest to them.

How to claim?

If you or a loved one has been affected by a road traffic accident involving a lorry, that wasn’t your fault, why not get in touch with one of our serious injury specialists today. You can call us free on 0800 092 2896 or, alternatively, you can request a call back by filling in the form on the top right hand side of this page.

All initial advice is without obligation and all of our solicitors work on a no win no fee basis, so there really is nothing to lose by getting in touch and speaking with one of our specialist advisers today.

 

 

Pedestrian Accidents, are you safe?

 

Across the UK there are always accidents occurring that have involved a pedestrian whether it’s being hit by a car or being hit whilst walking across a zebra crossing. According to the Department of Transport 434 total accidents in 2013 involved a pedestrian. This is an alarming figure which shows how vulnerable pedestrians can be when going about there general day-today business.

The main causes of a pedestrian accident

  • Hit and run
  • Hit by vehicle while crossing a road or a pedestrian crossing
  • Being a passenger in a car which was involved in a road traffic accident
  • Being hit by a speeding vehicle
  • Vehicle driving without due care and attention
  • Driver using a phone or other device whilst driving
  • Failure to give way or stop at crossing or traffic lights
  • Running through a red traffic light
  • Vehicle mounting the pavement
  • Driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs

These are just a few of a long list of potential deadly situations that may occur on our roads when we are just going about our daily business. But there are cases were pedestrians have been seriously hurt or even killed by these kinds of accidents. In August 2015 on the A5 in Staffordshire a man was walking along the road when he was struck by the car which did not stop to help him or call 999. Police have been appealing for witnesses to come forward and help with there inquiry. The area in question was near the V festival and many people were in that surrounding area at that time but no traces of the person that did this have been found. This is a shocking situation and highlights the potential risks we face on a daily basis due to sometimes negligence of drivers.

What can be done to stop accidents occurring

There are a number of ways in which you can keep safe when crossing or walking alongside a busy road. According to The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) road safety needs to taken seriously, especially with young children. Here are a few tips they suggest:

  • If there is a pedestrian crossing always use it
  • Always take care crossing the road when no crossing is available. Especially with young children and people with disabilities.
  • Always wear bright colours if possible when walking on the pavement, so you can be easily seen by motorists
  • Don’t ‘jay walk’ i.e. cross a road were there are no traffic measures such as crossings. As this may cause you to be hit if you misjudge the speed of a car or they don’t see you
  • Always look both ways, even check twice before crossing a road
  • Look at for motorcycles and cyclists, it applies to pedestrians as well as other road users

This list in some peoples case may sound like common sense but for children and vulnerable people this may not be as easy. Which means that we need to educate all people of all ages and disabilities on pedestrian safety. Organisations such as Think! have been set up by government to educate people on the dangers of the road and how we could avoid potentially deadly situations.

How Sincere Law could help you

At Sincere Law we don’t believe that people should suffer as a result of being involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault. If you have suffered a serious injury be sure that we will do every thing possible to help you recover, how ever long it takes. We can help by referring you to the best surgeons, doctors and physiotherapists in the UK to give you the best treatment possible. We also know that suffering an injury can not just affect your life but the life of your family and friends. That why we can offer interim payments if we believe your case will be successful to pay for any treatment or bills that may need paying due to your loss of earnings.

How to make a claim

Here at Sincere Law we have over 20 years experience in serious accidents and personal injury claims. So if you believe that you have been injured by a pedestrian accident that wasn’t your fault please get in touch.  We will be sure to answer all your queries from one of our expert advisers, with no obligation. We work under the notion of no win no fee, meaning that providing all information is present and correct you won’t pay a any fees if your case does not win. You can either call us on 0800 092 2896 or submit a claim via or website, www.sincerelaw.co.uk.

 

Autumn weather and bus accidents

 

In recent times in the press you will see stories of people suffering serious injuries as a result of being a passenger or pedestrian when a bus has suffered a mechanical fault or accident. This can be a deadly situation and can cause sometimes life threatening injuries. Now we are approaching colder weather we need to be especially careful when travelling on the roads. As now we are in September temperatures will become cooler and rain fall more frequent, which could be a recipe for disaster. As in 2012 61% of accidents in the UK involved pedestrians and 444 injuries involving a bus or coach.

The main causes of bus accident

  • Bad weather conditions including heavy rain and snow
  • Mechanical fault  such as a brake failure
  • Bus that has gone down a road that is unsuitable to heavy or tall vehicles
  • Bus hitting a low bridge
  • Mounting the curb
  • Hitting another vehicle

In August 2015, a 56 year old motorcyclist was killed by a bus in Scotland. The accident happened on the A726 which is known as an accident black spot in the area. The bus driver and passengers didn’t sustain any serious injuries but the motorcyclist paid the ultimate price, his life. The police are still appealing for witnesses for this dreadful accident. You would think these stories are uncommon but this is not the case. Accidents involving a bus and other vehicles happen weekly and can have devastating consequences on the victims and there families.

Another story which hit the headlines in July 2015 was that of a London bus which went down a street which clearly stated that the road was unsuitable for tall vehicles. The street even had a sign stating the maximum height for drivers, but this was not seen by the bus driver. The sign stated, “Warning low bridge. Not suitable for double deck vehicles.’ This resulted in the double decker bus going under a bridge and taking the top of the roof off were passengers were sitting. This resulted in the four people sat on the top deck taken to hospital and major damage to the bus. Not only did this incident cause injuries but also meant the bus was written off and the road was closed for a number of hours.

The most common injuries from a bus accident

  • Whip lash
  • Trip or fall due to harsh braking by the driver
  • Glass injuries due to smashed windows

In some cases buses are involved in accidents involving other vehicles. This can be either due to driver blind spots or serve weather conditions. This mainly entails weather conditions such as heavy rain, snow or ice. This is common in winter as most people would take a bus rather than using there own car in these types of conditions. But buses, like any vehicle, are prone to loosing grip or skidding. In January 2015 in Wrexham six people were taken to hospital due to snow and ice on the roads causing multiple road traffic accidents. The crashes involved a two car accident, a lorry overturned and a bus hitting a building. This highlights the dangers that we face when travelling in bad weather conditions. As we are now approaching colder weather towards Christmas we stress that people need to take care when travelling on UK roads.

Travel advice in rain or cold weather

  • Be careful of ice on the roads, as even in September black ice on roads is possible. Which if you drive to work early in the morning be sure to drive carefully and check weather updates regularly
  • In rain avoid harsh braking and keep a safe distance from the car in front. The AA say to keep a two car distance in between you and the car in front at all times even if the weather is good.
  • Make sure all essential lights and electrical are working on your vehicle before every journey. Driving with lights out in your car can cause accidents and you can be fined by the police.

So by this you can see how bus accidents regular occur on UK roads and there are many factors that can make this happen. If we all take care especially in winter months accidents may be reduced

How we can help

If you believe that you have been affected by a bus accident that wasn’t your fault then please get in contact. Sincere Law will help you with any queries you may have or visit our bus accident page for more details. We will be sure to get back to you and answer any questions you may have under no obligation. All our solicitors work on a no win no fee basis meaning that if all information is honest and correct you won’t pay a penny if your claim is not successful.  But here at Sincere Law we have a high success rate and have some of the best solicitors in the North West.

The cost of medical negligence to the NHS and the victims left with serious brain injuries as a result

In 2014, it is reported that the total cost to the NHS because of medical and clinical negligence was estimated at one billion pounds. This is bad for the NHS and economy but also bad for the patients that have to injure sometimes horrific injuries and sometimes even death.  This has flagged up numerous problems that the NHS could be facing. Not only losing large amount to negligence claims that could be avoided but also potential threat to patient care.

In recent news the telegraph suggested that clinical negligence is problem within hospitals across the UK, which is a frightening thought. One case that grabbed the headlines was the terrible story of a young woman in 2013 that was admitted to hospital in Wakefield heavily pregnant who was experiencing complications including heavy bleeding. She was given medication to help her but the doctors and nurses did not give this enough time to work to its full potential. When she was then taken into surgery she was given anaesthesia inappropriately. This then caused circulatory collapse, which resulted in brain damage.

She is now house bound and unable to do much for herself.  Her mother is seeking justice as her daughter who now lives at a rehabilitation centre in Barnsley, which is several miles from her family home, needs a final payment so they can build her a bungalow to cater for her needs.

Another heartbreaking story is the story of a 13 year old boy, who’s family fought 10 years to get the result from Kent & Canterbury Hospital that the parents were not at fault for causing there son brain injuries back in 2002. As the parents were led to believe that there son had epilepsy which was not the case when they took him to a specialist at Great Ormond street who said he have significant brain damage. It was only after they demanded answers from the hospital he was born then they knew the truth. The truth was that there son had experienced a neo-natal birthing injury.  This was then the start of a long fight to seek the justice and apologies there were owed by Kent & Canterbury Hospital. But nearly a decade later in 2013 the family finally received a letter from East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust accepting responsibility for his condition. Although they had received the acknowledgement they were due the trust continued to dispute details about the future care package. It was not until April 2015 when Britain’s top judges ruled in there favour, with a compensation package to be worth millions.

One of the parents stated, “I’m a massive fan of the NHS, but I think the way they treat people when things go wrong- it’s disgusting, inhumane. I hope our case will at least help make the changes it clearly needs”. Cases like these are a minority but are still happening to children and adults across the country. This may mean that a review in how the NHS manages its claims and treats its patients may need to be overhauled to make sure that this does not happen again. As to wait 10 years for a hospital to acknowledge there mistake and apologise is not right and shouldn’t happen. These traumatic cases also highlight the transparency needed between the patient and doctors and the trust that if medical negligence has occurred something will be done about it and care can be provided.

In conclusion these recent figures about the amount of money been spent on claims could flag up potential problems in terms of patient care and the way claims are handled. As this can have a detrimental effect on the victims, as cases were serious brain injuries are caused, having to wait years to receive any compensation or an apology should not happen. So as tragic the cases we’ve discussed are it will create new laws and procedures for the future.

What is a “Duty of Care”?

The Dalai Lama was once quoted saying:

“If you shift your focus from yourself to others, extend your concern to others, and cultivate the thought of caring for the well being of others, then this will have the immediate effect of opening up your life and helping you to reach out”.

When we speak of what a duty of care is, it is surprisingly similar to what the revered Dalai Lama was trying to put across here that we should make sure to show care and attention for everyone around us. It may not be the dictionary definition for duty of care, but it definitely puts us on the right track.

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Your duty defined

A duty of care is what we owe to anyone we interact with, in any guise of life. We owe a duty of care to our fellow drivers, our fellow employees, our fellow human beings. Before we go into any detail, let’s take a look at some definitions on a duty of care:

A “duty of care” is:

“a legal obligation which is imposed on an individual requiring adherence to a standard of reasonable care while performing any acts that could cause foreseeable harm to others” – Wikipedia

“the legal obligation to safeguard others from harm while they are in your care, using your services, or exposed to your activities” – Collins dictionary

“a requirement that a person act towards others and the public with watchfulness, attention, caution and prudence that a reasonable person in the circumstances would” – Legal dictionary

From the above we can see that a duty of care is owed by any and all people who have some relationship to another person in any form. This includes professional working relationships and special relationships, like using roads, being in the same room or walking on the same pavement.

Relationships in a duty of care do not just extend to a traditional relationship, as soon as you come into contact with somebody else, you will owe them a duty of care. In the simplest sense, for example, we would owe everybody we walk past a duty of care not to flail our arms while walking, as it could cause injury. The same applies while driving to not break the law and drive dangerously, as that could also cause serious injury.

Breaching your duty

How do you breach your duty and what happens following one? Simple, you are in breach if you do not uphold the behaviour, care and attention that would be expected in any given situation; situations such as:

• Being hit by somebody driving erratically, causing a collision
• Your employer having you perform a task, risking injury due to improper PPE, prior training or an unsafe working environment
• Being injured and trusting your health to a medical practitioner, your condition then worsens due to their misjudgement


Doctors owe a professional duty of care to take care of their patients

You are owed a duty to be treated in a safe manner in all aspects of life. Failing to do so could allow you to claim on a serious injury if the actions caused by another are seen to be negligent. You can see many examples of this by viewing our case studies to see the result of a duty breached.

Aftermath of a breach

An incident caused by negligence can result in severe injuries. Back in 2013, 69% of fatal road traffic accidents were the result of negligent driver errors; alongside that 66% of serious incidents also involved that same contributory factor. Our duties are not restricted to the road however; they also count at work and during our everyday lives.

Having dealt with serious injury cases for over 20 years we understand the devastating effect that negligent behaviour can have on a person and their family. Rehabilitation, physiotherapy and psychotherapy from the most serious incidents can take many months or years to recover from.

Sincere Law will always strive to help you or your loved one not only recover, but to get back to as normal a life as possible, following serious injury.

If you or a family member have been affected by someone else’s negligent actions, please get in touch on 0800 092 2896 to speak to one of our friendly advisers or contact us at www.sincerelaw.co.uk. All of our solicitors work on a no win, no fee basis, meaning you get free impartial advice with no commitment and no payments to make if we aren’t successful.

 

“Pediatric brain injury may lead to attention problems” says research

For many years now there has been research carried out into the possible long term and lasting effects of children and adults that have experienced a major brain trauma. The current observations and studies have shown that there may be a link between major brain trauma and attention levels. This also links to the possibility of conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD), being a long term effect of such injuries.

Although these findings are still being established and peer reviewed, there is some evidence to suggest that ADHD is not so much caused by environmental factors, but also by serious brain injuries too.

According to experts, children with traumatic brain injuries have more lapses in attention and take longer to react in situations than children who have suffered an injury in other parts of their bodies.

A study into attention and brain injuries was carried out by author Marsh Konigs, of VU University of Amsterdam. His team compared 113 children, ages 6 to 13 years old, who had suffered a traumatic brain injury, and 53 children who suffered a non head related injury.

Around one and a half years after the child suffered the injury, parents and teachers rated their child’s health and attention. The findings from this were that those children who had suffered head or brain injury were experiencing more problems with their attention as well as other internalising problems like anxiety, than was the case for children who had suffered other non-head related injury.

This is certainly not the first study on brain injuries and attention but Marsh’s research is the first study to show that children who suffer brain injuries can experience lapses of attention that may be related to intelligence and attention problems.

We know from vast research that attention capabilities can be lost when an adult or child has suffered a major head trauma. According to the charity Headway, cognitive affects on the brain after an injury can involve attention and concentration problems. Concentration and attention problems were seen as short term effects after a brain injury in many cases but research, such as Marsh’s, may question theories into other lasting effects that a person can experience many years after there initial injury.

Serious brain trauma and its link to ADHD

The study into whether attention is affected by brain injuries also links to the condition Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). According to Psychcentral, ADHD can be linked to brain injuries suffered by a child at a young age. ADHD can also be seen in adult cases but usually many years after their injury occurred, however this is only seen in a very small minority of children and adults. This means that brain injuries can cause ADHD-like symptoms in previously unaffected people, partly due to frontal lobe damage. The Washington Post also wrote about Marsh Konigs study, stating how that his findings, based on a study of adults, seemed to confirm the theories of many doctors, that there is an association between head injuries in children and a secondary Attention Deficit Hyperactivty Disorder following the original injury.”

How can this affect someone’s life?

In 2013, Health Day reporter Maureen Salamon suggested that children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder should be discouraged from playing contact sports such as football or rugby. This is because these children may be at greater risk of long term head injuries than their peers would be.

Although the study of ADHD and its link to brain injury is highly debated, there are not many studies that have found absolute clear links between the two.  There is, however, no denying that many health professionals believe that there is a link, but only in unique cases, as the most common cause of ADHD is due to environmental factors, such as being exposed to hazardous substances, like lead and genetic make up.

When looking into this research we also have to consider the seriousness of a traumatic brain injury and the affect it can have on children and adults. As a traumatic brain injury can be life threatening and can cause long term complications. In some cases injuries may be caused by no fault of your own which is featured in the news frequently. So by this let’s hope that research and studies are continued in this area of medical science to assure better practices and knowledge into the long term effects of traumatic brain injuries.

Sincere Law specialise in injuries such as traumatic brain injury and, in the instance where it was caused by somebody elses negligence, we can help the victim and their family get the justice and compensation they deserve for their injury. To find out more, contact us on 0800 092 2896 or visit our brain injury page.