• Ranked in Chambers & Legal 500 for Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence
  • Featured in the Times Top Law Firms 2019, 2020, 2021 & 2022 List for Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence
  • In 2021 alone, we were successful in securing over £85 million in damages for our clients
  • Over £98 MILLION in damages secured for our clients during lockdown!

Recovery of brain damaged patients at risk from delays and lack of resources

  • 05.03.2020
  • JessicaMG
  • Clinical-negligence
  • Brain Injury Personal Injury serious injury rehabilitation head injury brain damage Head Trauma brain injury rehabilitation

Senior brain injury solicitors across the UK claim there are delays and a lack of resources within the brain injury rehabilitation sector, according to research carried out by Exchange Chambers and Calvert Reconnections.

Failure to respond

Brain injury partners at law firms across the country were surveyed, with almost 90% of which claiming that defence solicitors are failing to respond to requests for clients to access brain injury rehabilitation services within a 21-day period, citing delays and early resistance as ongoing issues.

Those surveyed added that they believe the greatest advance in the sector over the last three years has been the improvements to communication between brain injury solicitors and insurers.

Expert witness reports crucial

As serious injury solicitors, we understand how crucial a role expert witness reports and testimony have in setting out the correct neurorehabilitation requirements for clients who have experienced a brain or spinal cord injury. When claimant solicitors were asked about their experiences over the last year, 88% said defence solicitors did not respond to rehabilitation requests within 21 days, while 68% of respondents had experienced a refusal to accept recommendations of the Initial Needs Assessment.

Head of Exchange Chambers, Bill Braithwaite QC, said: “Delay to rehabilitation is hugely damaging to anyone who has suffered a brain injury. Sensible dialogue on both sides would improve the problem as rehabilitation will only work at its best if both sides enter into it voluntarily.”