Legal advice from Brian Owens, legal specialist at FDR Law in brain injury claims
Q: When is it too late to discuss a brain injury claim?
A: There is no set time limit to ask the question though there are time limits to starting legal proceedings. It is important to start the investigation as soon as possible after the injury. This avoids the possibility that important medical documentation is lost or mislaid. Facts are not fully or correctly remembered or, relevant people involved may no longer be available to provide evidence.
There are various degrees of brain injury and some may not be obvious. Not all brain injuries are severe and some may be all but undetectable to the external observer. There have been many instances where strange unusual or odd behaviour has simply been put down to the fact that the individual is either under the influence of alcohol or medication.
There have been cases where an individual for whatever reason has suffered perhaps a moderate or slight brain injury and the family have rallied round, coped and cared for that person as they have grown up.
It is very often only when that person reaches late teenage years or adulthood when the family are unable to obtain or acquire any support or assistance that they eventually seek advice.
It is never easy to raise someone suffering with a brain injury but when that person becomes a teenager or young adult their families reach the point where they are unable to cope any longer and become concerned as to how their family member will manage in later life when they are no longer able to care for them.
We would always recommend that you seek specialist legal advice at the earliest opportunity, however it isn’t too late and Brian Owens, brain injuries legal expert at FDR Law can be contacted to discuss, on 01925 230000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org