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Brain injuries

At Hay & Kilner, we have one of the leading Clinical Negligence teams in the North East & Cumbria, dedicated to helping victims of all types of brain injury claims.

Brain injuries can differ in severity from temporary problems to life-changing catastrophic injuries. Brain injuries can cause cognitive difficulties, memory loss and poor concentration, permanent brain damage and physical disability. Some of the main causes of brain injury as a result of clinical negligence are birth asphyxiation; brain damage caused during surgery; misdiagnosis or delayed treatment of a medical condition; and overdose of medication.

Here are some examples of our settled and current brain injury claims:

Failure to adequately asses symptoms

Hay & Kilner has successfully settled a claim for £6.5m following a failure by a doctor to adequately assess our client’s symptoms, take a detailed history and refer urgently to hospital for immediate investigation. As a result, our client developed severe complications arising from an infectious process, which would otherwise have been avoided. Our client suffered a severe neurological brain injury.

Delay in diagnosis

Hay & Kilner are currently investigating a claim on behalf of a client whose wife passed away following alleged substandard treatment in hospital. It is argued that there was a failure to adequately investigate our client’s late wife’s symptoms resulting in a delay in diagnosing and treating the encephalitis from which she was suffering. She went on to develop significant seizures and suffered an acquired brain injury.



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    - Client of our Clinical Negligence Team

  • "Lauren Hall & Helen Morland handled every aspect of my claim with care, thoughtfulness and great efficiency. They were able to allay any concerns I had by clearly explaining the processes involved. Helen secured a settlement for me which surpassed my hopes and I cannot thank her and Lauren enough."

    - Client of our Clinical Negligence Team

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