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Types Of Brain Injuries

 Most of the No Win No Fee brain injury claims handled by Coles Miller relate to trauma injuries sustained as a result of road accidents involving cars, motorcycles and bicycles.

Others can be caused by accidents at work or - in rare cases - assaults.

Some of the cases involve haemorrhages:

  • Subdural haemorrhage - bleeding between the outer and middle layers that cover the brain. Often caused by a blow to the head.
  • Extradural haemorrhage - bleeding between the outer layer and the skull. Frequently caused by skull fractures. More common among young people.
  • Subarachnoid haemorrhage - bleeding on the surface of the brain. Very serious, potentially fatal. Most are caused by the bursting of a brain aneurysm (weak blood vessel).
  • Intracerebral haemorrhage - a blood vessel bursts, resulting in bleeding in the brain and potentially serious brain damage.

Around 10 per cent of the cases that we handle on behalf of clients relate to injuries caused at birth due to medical negligence.

These are some of the most complicated and distressing cases. They almost always result in multi-million pound damages because the injured child may require high levels of care for the rest of their lives.

Brain injuries at birth tend to be caused by starvation of oxygen to the brain. They are classified as either:

  • Hypoxic brain injuries - partial reduction of oxygen to the brain
  • Anoxic brain injuries - complete deprivation of oxygen to the brain.

There are also other types of brain injuries which tend to be the result of medical conditions, such as encephalitis, hydrocephalus, aneurysms and strokes (the third largest cause of death in the UK).

Claiming Compensation For Brain Injuries

For expert advice on claiming compensation for head and brain injuries, contact Coles Miller Partner Adrian Cormack (a UK Legal 500 recommended lawyer) and his personal injury team on 01202 355695.

Meet the team

Adrian Cormack

Partner, Head of Personal Injury Department

Jonathan Rich


Brian Parsons

Personal Injury Executive

Crispin Cormack

Serious Injury Paralegal

Stacey Park

Serious Injury Paralegal

Lauren Newman

Trainee Solicitor

Lucy Andrew

Costs Lawyer

Rosie Galway

Legal Secretary