Acquired brain injury claims

Top tier law firm for brain injury work

Dedicated team of specialist solicitors

In depth understanding of complex, high-value brain injury cases

Independently accredited by The Law Society, APIL and AvMA

Over 100 years combined experience

Solid experience in bringing forward a brain injury claim

‘A thorough approach and an attention to detail that can make a real difference for clients’

Sometimes negligence during medical treatment, failure to treat a patient, surgery or inappropriate medication can lead to a patient suffering a brain injury. Our dedicated team provides expert help for our clients who have suffered brain injuries; we are entirely focused on delivering a successful outcome for you and your family, enabling security and support for the future.



A brain injury may be nothing to do with the initial medical treatment that caused it, but can have a devastating impact – affecting a patient’s ability to communicate and turning their life upside down.

Some brain injuries cause temporary effects for patients who then go on to fully recover. Sadly for others, injuries can be permanently life changing and lead to severe disability.

Expert advice and support for those who have suffered a brain injury

  • Helping maintain independence
    Pursuing a brain injury compensation claim can help a disabled client enjoy a better quality of life, providing funds for their future to enable a better quality of life and freedom of choice. Most of our clients seek to be as independent as possible and wish to be enabled to live their lives to the full.
  • Carefully handled litigation
    Making a brain injury claim isn’t just stressful, it can be extremely complex too. We have the expertise and attention to detail to deal with the most challenging of cases, focusing on successful outcomes for our clients. As we understand the devastating impact a brain injury has on both the individual and their families we take a “no stone left unturned” approach in investigating cases.
  • Advice on rehabilitation
    Thanks to our expertise in making a brain injury claim, we can give you helpful and practical advice on therapies and information networks to help you and your loved ones with the rehabilitation process. We work closely with many of our local Headway groups.

Our credentials

“A premier Somerset firm with experience of a broad range of high-value matters, including catastrophic birth injury claims. Routinely engaged on cerebral palsy cases and spinal injury claims, and offers expertise in weight loss surgery and dental negligence matters. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “Withy King were caring and understood us. They listened to our concerns and needs, and helped in whichever way they could.” “They are incredibly organised, easy to approach and they have a very supportive team who are incredibly sympathetic.” Notable practitioners: Head of department Simon Elliman (Band 1) oversees an array of complex claims, including cerebral palsy and spinal injury matters. In addition he acts on dental negligence cases. Sources say: “He is very able and he inspires confidence through calmness.” Market observers consider Paul Rumley (Band 1) “a very approachable lawyer with vast experience on high-value and complex cases.” He handles a range of matters including birth injury claims, fatal accidents and delay in diagnosis of cancer claims.” Chambers 2017 Somerset

“Highly commended firm with an excellent reputation across a broad spectrum of clinical negligence matters. Routinely acts on catastrophic cases including brain and spinal injury claims. Also noted for its handling of matters arising from amputation, delayed diagnosis and weight loss surgery. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “They’ve been amazing. They spoke to me on a level I understood. They are very understanding and compassionate and they advised me well the whole way through.” Notable practitioners: Head of department Richard Coleman (Band 1) offers vast experience of complex claims involving cerebral palsy, spinal injury and bariatric surgery, among other matters. “He is very good at negotiating settlements in difficult cases” and “doesn’t lose sight of the human aspect of it all,” assert sources.” Chambers 2017 Oxford and surrounds

“Royds Withy King is a ‘leading firm’ for catastrophic birth injury cases. Key figures include practice head Simon Elliman, who handles dental negligence, cerebral palsy and spinal injury claims; ‘first-rate solicitor’ Paul Rumley; and Kerstin Kubiak, who stands out for her ‘exceptional analysis’.” Legal 500 2016 South West 

“The ‘knowledgeable, dependable and competent’ team at Royds Withy King is led by ‘astute strategist’ Richard Coleman and includes Tracy Norris-Evans, who is ‘extremely knowledgeable and committed to her clients’.” Legal 500 2016 South East

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I found [Paul Rumley] very knowledgeable in medical matters and was always kept up to date with proceedings in plain language. I would certainly return to Mr Paul Rumley and his firm and would have no hesitation in recommending him to others
Mrs Margaret Rogers, Bristol

FAQs

Severe brain injuries subsequent to negligent medical treatment can be caused in many different ways, some examples of how injury arises are detailed below:

 

– Late diagnosis of meningitis causing permanent damage to brain tissue.

 

– Failure to diagnose and timeously treat sepsis, a delay in diagnosis can cause septicemia, the inflammatory processes themselves can cause injury to brain tissue or if a patient goes into multi organ failure there can be deprivation of oxygen to the brain causing permanent damage.

 

– Negligently performed brain surgery.

 

– Failure to properly monitor a patient under anaesthetic, resulting in hypotension and under perfusion of brain tissue.

 

– An over dose of medication harmful to brain tissue and/or causative of multi organ failure.

 

– Massive heamorrhage during surgery or related to childbirth causing severe hypotension.

 

– A late diagnosis of neurological cancer, including medulloblastomas

 

– Stroke, which may have been preventable with earlier treatment (for example minimizing the risk of a DVT clot) or the late diagnosis and management of a stroke, causing permanent brain injury.

If the proposed Claimant does not have capacity to manage their claim then a trusted friend of relative can bring a claim on their behalf. In doing so they will take on the role of a “Litigation Friend”; this means they adopt the role and responsibilities of litigation as if they were the Claimant themselves and are under a duty to act in the best interests of the Claimant. We will fully advise and support the Litigation Friend throughout.

The length of time it takes to pursue a case is difficult to estimate at the outset, but generally a complex case will take around 2-3 years in order to establish liability. A lot will depend on the actions of the Defendant and whether they admit liability early in the case or not. Once liability is established we then move on to value (or quantify) the case; this process usually takes a further 2 years to complete. If liability is admitted then interim damages can be paid to fund rehabilitation, care and aids and equipment pending settlement of the case.

Unfortunately legal aid is no longer available for Claimants who were injured after 6 weeks of age; it is only available to those who suffered a brain injury either before birth or within the first 6 weeks of life.

 

We advise that all insurance policies are checked for whether a legal expenses insurance policy is held, which may fund an investigation into the case.

 

Alternatively we can offer a “no win, no fee” agreement; we can fully advise you of all funding options without charge.


Contact us now to find out how we can help you make a brain injury compensation claim