Cyclists in the UK are not required by law to wear a helmet, and it is difficult to make it mandatory for cyclists to wear any safety equipment, however evidence suggests that helmets help reduce the head injury and fatality rates associated to cycling.
The popularity of cycling in the UK had grown massively over the last few years, and lockdown has of course exacerbated this, with now more than two million of us across the country cycling at least once a week. The UK has become a nation of cyclists from weekend jaunts with the family to daily commutes to work to taking part in cycling races and competitions. Helmets, lights and reflective clothing are par for the course for many experienced cyclists, however not for everyone.
Receiving a brain injury following a cycling accident can be life changing.
Signs of cycling related subtle brain injury
Recent research shows that a majority of the 80,000 cycling-related head injuries treated in emergency rooms each year are brain injuries.
People with a subtle brain injury may not exhibit obvious outward signs of disability but they may well experience difficulty at work, struggle to concentrate, suffer fatigue or lack their previous drive and motivation.
The most common long-term symptoms of subtle brain injuries include:
- Frequent headaches
- Balance problems
- Behaviour changes
- Cognitive difficulties
Cause of brain injury accident
Brian Barr Solicitors have many years experience representing cyclists with brain injuries. Whether you have been wearing a helmet or not, if you have suffered a traumatic or subtle brain injury caused by a cycling or other accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation. You must be able to prove negligence for your brain injury to show that someone else, whether another driver, your employer, or another individual involved in the accident, is at fault.
Brain injury compensation
If you are suddenly facing radical changes to your life because of a brain injury following an accident that was not your fault, you may need significant funds to make lifestyle and medical adaptations for your future. Finding the right professional support is crucial to ensure you make the best possible recovery, both physically and financially. Difficulties may not present themselves immediately and therefore a specialist solicitor will ensure that the timing of a claim is correctly balanced incase injury signs become more prevalent in the future. What might seem like short term medical rehab may turn into a more progressive injury meaning that you are forced to make changes to your lifestyle. Brain injury compensation claim amounts depend on a number of factors but will take account of pain and suffering, medical fees and rehabilitation costs, and loss of earning capacity amongst other areas.
If you are suffering from a subtle brain injury, fibromyalgia, CRPS, or any chronic pain condition as a result of an accident that was not your fault, and even if you have an existing claim, get in touch with Brian Barr Solicitors to see if we can assist. It is simple and hassle free to move your claim to Brian Barr Solicitors who are experts in dealing with chronic pain litigation. Call us today on 0161 737 9248 or visit our website (www.brianbarr.co.uk) to find out more.
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