Supporting a child with a Traumatic Brain Injury

Our client (aged 8 at the time of the accident) sustained a traumatic brain injury whilst playing at a playground with friends when a large telegraph-like pole broke and landed on his head. He was airlifted to hospital where he underwent neurosurgery and an extensive stay in the paediatric intensive care unit. He is making a remarkable recovery and is back in mainstream school, but clearly the full extent of his injury will not be known until he reaches adulthood.

We are working with the insurers who are funding a case manager (who works closely with his school), a physiotherapist, neuropsychologist and an educational psychologist to support his forthcoming transition into secondary school. Our client will be kept under review, with a further assessment by a neuropsychologist scheduled in 1-2 years. We have also arranged family psychological therapy for the client’s brother and mother who have suffered psychological symptoms as a result of witnessing the accident, both of whom are making separate claims as secondary victims.