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Claiming Compensation For Post-concussion Syndrome

Posted on Thursday 17th July 2014 by Adrian Cormack

Footballer Christoph Kramer’s head injury in the 2014 World Cup final has again highlighted this important issue at a global level.Adrian Cormack - Partner, Coles Miller

His is the latest in a long list of head injury stories which have hit the headlines over recent years. Expect to see more – and soon.

Our specialised team of head and brain injury solicitors is forecasting a significant increase in the number of Post-concussion Syndrome compensation claims over the next decade.

Former footballers, rugby players and other sportsmen injured 10, 20 or 30 years ago may now be experiencing the long-term effects of concussion injuries sustained decades ago.

Symptoms of Post-concussion Syndrome can include headaches, dizziness, nausea, vertigo, ringing in the ears, blurred vision and a loss of taste or smell.

All of these will not just affect quality of life – they can impact on the individual’s ability to work, resulting in potential loss of earnings.

Last month dual-code rugby star Shontayne Hape – a former England international – announced his retirement from the sport at the age of 33 after suffering memory loss and depression following more than 20 concussions.

Last year American football’s NFL reached a $765 million compensation settlement with 18,000 former players after their claims of concussion-related brain injuries.

The league had been sued by around 4,500 players who claimed for damages after suffering dementia, Alzheimer’s and depression.

Experience tells us that America’s compensation trends are usually repeated on this side of the Atlantic. It is only a matter of time.

At Coles Miller, our personal injury and medical negligence teams have extensive experience of dealing with complex head and brain injury compensation claims from all over the UK.

Our personal injury department is led by Partner Adrian Cormack, a UK Legal 500 recommended lawyer.

The team includes litigation executive Crispin Cormack, who has extensive experience of handling clinical negligence and personal injury claims.

Crispin is also director of rugby at Bournemouth Rugby Club. He has played the sport at international level and so brings an expert perspective to the subject of sports-related injuries.

For more information about concussion injuries and Post-concussion Syndrome, phone Adrian Cormack or Crispin Cormack on 01202 673011.

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