What price for the wind in your hair?

22 May 2017

I recently had a conversation with an acquaintance about her choice not to wear a cycle helmet. She explained she liked the feeling of freedom, and of the wind in her hair and on her face.

It always amazes me when a cyclist doesn’t wear a helmet. I can’t help but wonder if they really understand the risks of a head injury and the enormous impact that a traumatic brain injury has, not to mention that the choice not to wear one could severely reduce any compensation entitlement. 

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can be caused by any trauma to the head, as well as by excessive pressure on the brain as the result of a blood clot, or bleeding in and around the brain. Early treatment at hospital is essential to ensure the best possible chances of recovering from a head injury.

Every brain injury, no matter how it is acquired, is different.  Sometimes, people are left with physical symptoms, such as dizziness and balance problems, others have difficulties with memory loss and with managing their emotions.

The extent to which brain injured people need rehabilitation can vary enormously.  Some people will be fortunate and need little rehabilitation, others may need rehabilitation and therapy for the rest of their lives.

Those living with a brain injured person may also need support as their relationship becomes a care giving one.

Our team at Kingsley Napley is experienced in making sure that injured people and their families are thoroughly supported through the legal process. We are part of the Headway Solicitors Directory, and have access to a wide network of professionals who can offer other practical help and advice.

And please, if you cycle, wear a helmet!

If you, or someone you care about has been affected by a traumatic brain injury, please contact us on 020 7814 1200 or email enquiries@kingsleynapley.co.uk.

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