(ABI) Action for Brain Injury Awareness Week – Max Bongard shares his journey

Christopher James

This week is Action for Brain Injury (ABI) week. The campaign by Headway aims to give a voice to survivors and carers to help them better explain to their friends and families the challenges they face as a result of brain injury. As well as having an awareness-raising focus, it will also have positive messages and tools to help people make a difference, such as guides and top tips for friends of brain injury survivors and carers.

Chris James, Associate in our Medical Negligence and Personal Injury team at Kingsley Napley sat down with a cup of tea and had an open and honest chat with his good childhood friend Max Bongard to raise awareness on Action for Brain Injury awareness week.

Max had suffered from a hypoxic brain injury at the age 26 collapsing due to cardiac arrest. Max recovered from his injury in a rehabilitation unit and is now sharing the story of his journey to raise awareness for brain injury.

During this podcast Max shares with Chris his personal experience being a survivor of brain injury:

  • His personal story
  • What it means to live with a brain injury
  • His journey recovering  from brain injury in rehabilitation
  • How brain injury has impacted his day to day life from work, travel, mental health, family and friends and also common effects of brain injury such as fatigue.
  • Life in lockdown – How life’s been for Max living with brain injury during lockdown and the pandemic.
  • The new Max - Living life for himself, his new found confidence and doing things that make him happy.
  • Max shares his advice to other brain injury survivors in recovery and rehabilitation.


If you or a family member have been affected by the issues raised in this blog please contact one of our Medical Negligence & Personal Injury lawyers on 020 7814 1200, or email us at claims@kingsleynapley.co.uk.



Christopher James is an Associate and specialises in working with clients that have sustained a range of injuries through medical negligence and personal injury, including brain injuries, injuries arising from birth, cases of incorrect and delayed diagnosis’ and psychiatric injuries.


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