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Title: Head Injury Issues

Date: 01 April 2015

Question

My husband was side swiped off his bike on the M1 last summer. The guy didn’t look before changing lanes. Although obviously it could have been a lot worse there are issues that remain.

He doesn’t remember the accident and we have relied on witnesses to say what happened. His helmet was badly damaged from the contact with the road so it’s fair to say his head took a fairly big bang.

John was previously very laid back but now loses his temper over small things and he has fallen out with work colleagues over his temper. I am worried he will lose his job as a procurement manager. His lawyers have just sent him a document to sign but in the bit dealing with future financial loss there is just a “TBC”. Should we be giving them anything so they can be more specific?

Answer

The document to which you refer sounds like a Schedule of Loss which details all financial losses, past and future, attributable to the accident. The reason to be confirmed “tbc” is in it is probably because the solicitors are undertaking investigations in to the future loss of earnings claim and other potential heads of future loss. You could ask them for a redacted schedule from a previous similar case which should assist you with knowing what can be claimed and how the details are presented.

It sounds as though the effects of John’s head injury are affecting his ability to perform his job properly, at least from a basis of getting on with his colleagues. Also, as a procurement manager, his required organizational skills may be impacted.

Anger issues following head injury are not uncommon and I would suggest the solicitors instruct both a neurologist and neuropsychologist to deal with the extent of damage, cognitive impairment, prognosis, effect on work and any possible treatment available, failing which coping strategies. With the benefit of those reports and any treatment undertaken a more detailed calculation can be undertaken based on the evidence to hand.

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