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Recent Payouts

Road Traffic Accident Claims
A taxi driver - £60,000
Mr. A - £35,000
Ms. P - £30,000
Mr. M - £50,430
Mr. P - £19,152
Mr. F - £17,500
Mr. K - £40,404.40
Mr. X - £65,000
Industrial Deafness Claims
Mr. P - £13,000
Mr. P - £4,800
Mr. W - £4,500
Mr. H - £3,800
Mr. JW - £4,000
Mr. F - £5,000
Mr.W - £2,473.80
Mr. C - £7,500
Mr. K - £4,959.57
Accidents At Work Claims
Mr. M - £17,078.22
Ms. K - £57,500
Mr. S - £48,000
Mr. E - £20,000
Mr. R - £13,500
Mr. M - £3,000
Medical Negligence Claims
Ms. M - £15,000
Mr. M - £5,000
Mrs. W - £22,500
Mrs. B - £90,000
Mrs. A - £15,000
Serious Injury Claims
Mr. S - £35,000
Mr. Y - £1.4 Million
Mr. M - £264,676.58
Ms J - £100,000
Ms. B - £10,500
Miss F (minor) - £30,000
Mr. H - £75,000
Mr E - £60,000
Mr. A - £30,000
Mr. M - £35,000
Payment Protection Insurance Claims
Ms. E - £8,199.88
Mr. W - £7,920.09
Mrs. L - £7,126.16
Mrs. M - £7,819.29
Mr. L - £6,618.57
Mr. C - £5,009.37
Mr. B - £2,902.31
Mrs. N - £10,329.19
Mr. W - £7,268.27
Mr. G - £22,073.82
Mr. K- £8,458.03
Mr. F - £22,526.80

Head Injury

At MRH Solicitors we have a long standing expertise in working on behalf of those who have suffered from brain injury or head injuries. We pride ourselves in understanding brain and head injuries, the workings of the brain and the wide ranging disabilities that can be caused by brain injury. Our specialist solicitors are experienced legal experts, as well as a number of them having dual qualifications in medicine and nursing and law.

Causes and Effects of Brain Injury

Research shows that there are over 125000 people suffering with brain damage in the UK. People most suffer such injuries after skull fractures, Anoxic Brain Injury (the cut off of oxygen to the brain causing cells to die, for example at birth or during anaesthetic), concussion, diffuse axonal injury (traumatic brain injury causing damage to the nerve cells), haemorrhage (bleeding) or haematoma (blood clot in the dura, that is the space between the brain and the skull).

The effects of a head injury can be devastating for the injured person, but also for the friends and family of that person. We understand the dramatic impact that a head injury can cause on many levels and our experienced team of solicitors deal with clients in a sensitive and helpful way. We have dealt with cases involving head and brain injuries ranging in severity and arising from injuries at work, road traffic accidents and clinical (medical) negligence.

MRH Solicitors and Head Injury Charities

Our specialist Solicitors have a long association with working closely with specialist charities in support of people who have suffered some kind of brain injury, this list includes Headway, Cerebra, The Encephalitis Society, The Stroke Association – although the list is non exhaustive. We adhere to the Headway Code of Conduct and are proud that our services meet the high standards laid down by Headway, the head injury charity.

Our Service Promise

Our mission is to ensure that we provide a professional, consistent and expert service to our clients. In terms of those clients who have suffered from a brain or head injury this includes playing our part in supporting that person and the family of that person in accessing rehabilitation, financial support, expert medical opinion and helping to re-build their lives.

Clinical Negligence

The Clinical Negligence team at MRH Solicitors have over 12 years of experience in this specialist area of law. Some of the team have medical backgrounds, for example, previously being a qualified state registered nurse working in the Intensive Care Unit of a busy teaching hospital.

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Our Clinical Negligence solicitors have experience of having sole conduct of a number of head and brain injury cases ranging in issues, values and complexity. Over the years, our Clinical Negligence solicitors have built up an expert knowledge of the issues that are involved and have a wide database of services that can provide immediate benefits to those clients affected by head and brain injuries. These services include close contact with rehabilitation service providers, care managers and charitable organsations, all with the goal of ensuring that MRH Solicitors are not only pursuing a claim on behalf of our client, but also providing assistance to that client in consideration of the real and immediate needs that they have.

CASE STUDIES

  • Our solicitors represented a young girl, Jasmine, (now 13 years old), who, at the time of her birth was deprived of oxygen resulting in her suffering from cerebral palsy. To further complicate matters, after her birth and during the time that she was on the neonatal intensive care unit she was erroneously administered medication intravenously that was intended for another patient. This caused her to fit and resulted in further brain damage. Jasmine was eventually diagnosed as suffering from a severe quadriplegic cerebral palsy. She had a limited life expectancy and was unable to feed, talk or sit up. She required 24 hour care which was initially provided mainly by her mother. Jasmine’s mother was a single mother and had another child to care for too. She had struggled on her own for many years carrying Jasmine up and down stairs in her small two up two down home and sitting with Jasmine all day and often through the night. The solicitor dealing with the case was successful in arguing that the injuries suffered by Jasmine were due to negligent care afforded to her at the time of her birth. As soon as liability, fault, had been conceded, the solicitor dealing with the case applied for an interim payment and was able to secure sufficient funds to enable a care regime to be put in place at Jasmine’s home and to buy a car for the family to take trips out in. A settlement was agreed out of court in the amount of £4.2m this was in consideration of Jasmine’s life expectancy being only up to the age of 15 years. The amount awarded enabled Jasmine’s mother to purchase a new home for the family and to have it suitably adapted. A specialist team of property locators and architects who had many years of experience in providing suitable accommodation for people with disabilities and special needs. Jasmine was able to go out on trips with her family for the first time in her life and they were also planning a long awaited holiday to Disneyland. The solicitor dealing with the case worked closely with the Court of Protection and financial advisors in order to ensure that the settlement fund would protect Jasmine’s needs for the remainder of her life. Jasmine’s mother was delighted that Jasmine could now benefit from activities and care that she had previously been denied and it also meant that she would not have to worry as much as to what would happen to Jasmine in the event that Jasmine would outlive her mother.
  • Our solicitors represented a father of three young children who after attending a family christening party was assaulted on his way back home. He suffered head injuries and was momentarily rendered unconscious. He was taken by ambulance, to the nearest A&E department where he was left waiting on a trolley bed for 5 hours. The staff attributed his apparent confusion and complaints of pain as being due to the fact that he had consumed some alcohol whilst at the party, this was despite, pleas from his wife that he had only had 2 pints and was not seemingly drunk. After a prolonged period he seemed to be lapsing back into unconsciousness and suddenly took a turn for the worse. He was transferred to the ICU, where he deteriorated and died a few hours later. With the help of expert Neurologists and Consultants in A&E medicine, the solicitor dealing with the case was able to establish that had he been provided with the correct treatment within an hour of his attendance at the A&E department then on the balance of probabilities this young father would have survived. The case was settled out of court for the sum of £542,000. Although this result would not bring her husband back nor the children their father, there was some comfort given to the family in that his death had been recognised and they would have some financial stability meaning that they could stay in their home and continue to mourn their father without the added financial pressure that his loss had brought. Further to the case concluding, the solicitor dealing with the case was instrumental in getting the A&E department of that hospital to review their policy for treatment of head injuries and to implement new guidelines for use in the event where the patient has been drinking.
  • Our solicitors represented the family of a 22 year old student who had attended hospital suffering from the symptoms of encephalitis. Unfortunately, the encephalitis was missed by the treating clinicians and as a consequence of their failure to provide this patient with timely and specific care she died. The solicitor dealing with the case obtained a number of specialist reports which identified the faults of the hospital in that the patient’s fever was initially wrongly attributed to a urinary tract infection, failure to realise that the patient had a febrile illness just because they were not febrile on admission, that is a failure to take a detailed history, ignoring other symptoms and signs of problems in reliance of a “normal” Glasgow Coma Scale assessment and failure to properly investigate in time by way of a scan/MRI. The case was very difficult in that the Defendants put forward the argument that the patient would have died in any event due to the inherent encephalitic condition and not due to any delay in treatment or negligence on their part. The solicitor dealing with the case obtained specialist expert reports from a leading expert in Neurological Microbiology and which certainly supported the case that earlier recognition and treatment of this patient’s case would have on the balance of probabilities saved her life. Although the success of the case did not bring their daughter back to them the parents of this young girl did receive some comfort by way of the acknowledgment from the Hospital Trust that the care that had been provided to their daughter was substandard and a well appreciated apology. The case settled for £21,600.
  • Peter aged 37 had damaged his nose during a car accident. He had a prominent nasal lump and slight malalignment of the cartilage. Peter opted to have this mainly cosmetic problem treated privately by a company who offered cosmetic surgery. He did as much research as possible before opting for a well known company who advertised nationally. He had an initial consultation and was told that he could have rhinoplasty later that same month. However, during the course of the operation the Plastic Surgeon slipped and fractured Peter’s skull with some surgical instrument. As a result Peter suffered from drainage of cerebrospinal fluid through the nose. He was immediately referred to a Neurosurgeon and underwent surgery to repair the fault. Although this second operation was a success, Peter still had some problems with loss of sensation due to nerve damage that he had sustained during the reparative procedure. Peter had been left with loss of sensation and nerve damage, together with a permanent craniotomy scar, something that is even more apparent due to the fact that Peter’s hair is thinning. The scar itself had healed in a raised, over granulated fashion, something which made Peter even more acutely aware of it’s existence. There was a possibility that further surgery might be able to remedy this, however, with this came the chance that the scar could be made worse. Peter developed a moderate depression following the operation for which the expert Psychologist suggested a course of 12 sessions of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). The solicitor dealing with the case settled this case without the need for court proceedings and Peter was awarded compensation in the sum of £39,500. This settlement award took into account the additional time that Peter had had to take off work whilst he underwent the second operative procedure, the fact that he had to undergo a second operation (an anesthetic), the scar, the pain, injury and suffering and the loss of amenity that Peter suffered as a consequence. Peter was also provided with funds to take up a course of psychotherapy on a private basis and was awarded the cost of any further remedial surgery that he might choose to have with regards to revision of the scar. Peter’s case was conducted with the benefit of a ‘No Win No Fee’ Conditional Fee Agreement and did not cost him anything to pursue.
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  • Our solicitors took over a case from another firm, the details of the case were that the client James had been admitted to hospital for a routine operation, but that there had been some errors in intubating him during the anaesthetic, the result of which entailed that James endured a period of hypoxia, that is restriction of oxygen and suffered brain damage in the form of a cognitive and spastic quadriplegia. The previous firm of solicitors did not have the knowledge or resources to pursue such a complex case and when James’s family approached the solicitor dealing with the claim the case had already been running for three years with very little progress. The solicitor dealing with the case was able to grasp the details of the case quickly and to obtain an array of expert reports addressing the negligence per se, James’s condition, his needs and his prognosis. The solicitor dealing with the case then involved a specialist barrister to advise in conference and through negotiations with the Defendant Hospital Trust, which had thus far been reluctant to concede any responsibility for James’s injuries, liability, that is fault, was admitted. The solicitor dealing with the claim quickly applied for an interim payment and managed to secure £140,000 which was used to put in place a full case management team to support James and his family. Further, a detailed program of rehabilitation was compiled and commenced by specialist professionals dedicated to helping James rebuild his life and resume working. This sum also provided for some much needed counseling to assist James in regaining his confidence and self-esteem and dealing with the failures of the hospital that affected his life so much. The final settlement was achieved in the sum of £2.8m and which was intended to help James live as full and supported life as possible. He is making great progress and has shown an interest in working within IT. James also now speaks to charities and other support groups to give other sufferers of brain injury or their families some ideas as to how to access specific help and deal with the specific issues that arise following injuries of this nature.
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What A Compensation Award Covers

The amount of damages, that is compensation, that you could receive will vary from case to case, however the amount of damages awarded to you must take into account things like:

* Compensation for the actual pain, suffering and loss of amenity.

* Compensation for any loss of earnings that you have incurred as a result of the negligent care.

* Compensation regarding any future loss of earnings.

* Compensation to cover the cost of rehabilitation services to include such things as occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech therapy etc.

* Compensation to cover the cost of any gratuitous care that you have been provided by family and friends.

* Compensation to cover the cost of nursing care that you may require in the future.

* Compensation to provide for the cost of any aid and equipment that you require now and will require in the future including the anticipated cost of renewing these items as and when necessary.

* Compensation to cover your future transport needs.

* It may also be necessary to obtain compensation to cover the cost of any adaptations to your home that are required or even to consider purchasing a new home that will need to be adaptable to cater for your needs.

* There may be a requirement to obtain compensation to pay for any re-training or educational support that will assist you in returning to or in obtaining some employment in the future.

* Compensation to pay for any counseling that you might find beneficial.

* Compensation to cover any ancillary matters, for example, past and future prescription charges, travel expenses incurred as a result of the negligent care.

How MRH Solicitors Can Help You

MRH Solicitors are dedicated to ensuring that you receive a bespoke and professional service in the conduct of your claim. One of our specialist Solicitors shall initially see you for ‘free’ and will not put any pressure upon you to pursue your claim.

MRH Solicitors shall advise you as to the merits of your case and then give you the space and time to decide yourself if you would like to instruct the firm to represent you. In particular, our service promise includes the following:-

* Our specialist Solicitors will see you at home or in hospital at your convenience whenever possible. This will often be with your family members and will not cost you anything.

* We will work at your pace, for example, you may have memory or speech difficulties or other concerns.

* We shall liaise with and assist you in dealing with various charities who are geared to help people in the same or similar situation that you are in.

* We have a large database of medical experts who are willing to provide expert advice regarding your current care and future requirements. These experts are also keeping up to date with any new developments in treatment and/or aids and appliances and this information is shared with you as and when it becomes available.

* MRH Solicitors operate a ‘No Win No Fee’ claims service.

* Our specialist Solicitors shall be pro-active in dealing with your claim from the outset and as soon as liability, that is fault, has been admitted we shall seek to obtain an interim payment for you.

* MRH Solicitors will work on your case with specialist barristers who have a reputation within their profession as being experts within the field of brain and head injury claims and who are often dually qualified in Medicine and Law.

* Our specialist Solicitors have conduct of many high value claims involving sums in excess of £4m and are versed in both the law and the practicalities of handling high value compensation claims.

* MRH Solicitors brain injury Solicitors have many years experience of claims involving brain and head injuries and are always happy to help and advise.

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If you wish to discuss whether you or a family member may have a claim for clinical negligence resulting in a brain or head injury, please contact our specialist Clinical Negligence team on 01204 535 333 or fill out our online form to submit your query online for us to call you within 24 hours.

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