May 10, 2022
This year for Action for Brain Injury Week, the focus is on brain injury being a hidden disability through the campaign ‘See the hidden me’.
The 16th – 22nd May 2022 is a week dedicated to Brain Injury Awareness.
This is a high-profile campaign where groups, members and supporters across the whole country join together and campaign to improve life after a brain injury. The week is organised by one of the leading charities in this field, Headway. They are a UK charity that work to improve life after brain injury. They provide support, services and information to brain injury survivors, their families and carers.
There are different types of acquired brain injuries including a traumatic brain injury (TBI) which is a brain injury caused by a trauma to the head, for example in a road traffic accident or fall. Brain injuries are often misunderstood by many. Having the right treatment, help and education available for sufferers as well as family and friends is vital to enable sufferers to adapt and move get on with their lives.
The most common symptoms of a head injury fall into 3 categories:
- Physical - headache, dizziness, feeling sick, light sensitivity
- Psychological - depression and anxiety
- Cognitive- difficulties with concentrating, rationalising or thinking, forgetfulness, impulsivity, increased anger, lack of inhibition
I work within the Serious Injury Department here at Spencers Solicitors, and many of our clients have suffered life changing injuries, including traumatic brain injuries. Our job at Spencers is to try and help our clients rebuild their lives and get the right support they need.
Headway has a mission to promote understanding of all aspects of brain injury and provide information, support and services to survivors, their families and carers.
On Friday 20th May, Spencers Solicitors will be holding a ‘Hats for Headway’ event in the office helping to raise money for Headway North Derbyshire. This will see all the staff in the office come to work wearing their best hats, taking part in a hat-themed quiz and selling and eating lots of delicious cake.
Headway North Derbyshire is our local branch of Headway who support those of all ages from Chesterfield and North Derbyshire.
If you have had an accident and suffered a head or brain injury help can be found by contacting our Serious Injury Team at Spencers Solicitors on 01246 266753.
About the author
Laura Reaney is a Paralegal within our Serious Injury Team.
Laura, who joined the team in 1998, originally started as an office junior before training as a Litigator. After gaining extensive experience within personal injury, Laura now specialises in assisting on complex and high value personal injury claims. Over the years she has assisted senior Solicitors in dealing with accident claims involving amputations, serious spinal injuries resulting in permanent disability, brain, head injuries and fatal accidents.