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Neurological Injuries

Our expert team of highly experienced specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim if you or a loved one has suffered a neurological injury as a result of medical or surgical error, or if there was an unjustified delay in diagnosis and treatment, making your injury worse.


Neurological diseases and injuries to the brain and nerves can result from an accident or event such as a stroke. If the debilitating and often life-threatening neurological symptoms are a consequence of sub-standard medical care, you may be able to make a claim.

The consequences of a neurological injury will depend on what part of the nervous system is injured: the brain and spinal cord, or the peripheral nervous system and the autonomic nervous system. In some cases neurological injuries can be life-changing and sometimes fatal.

Some neurological injuries can result from birth injury or diseases such as measles, meningitis or hydrocephalus. Thrombosis affecting blood vessels in the brain and infections can result in an interruption in the oxygenated blood supply causing damage to the central nervous system.

In other neurological injuries, serious nerve damage can be caused by an untreated spinal disc protrusion leading to cauda equina syndrome. With this and some other examples of nerve damage, the quicker the neurological symptoms are diagnosed and treated, the better the outcome.

At Shoosmiths, our specialist solicitors understand the immense impact these injuries can have on the individual and everyone around them and they recognise that you will need more than just legal advice.

Neurological symptoms can include a wide range of disabilities and psychological injury.  .  Rehabilitation can be effective providing this is put into place as quickly as possible. If you have a claim we can help obtain interim awards to pay for this therapy to ensure you make the best possible recovery.

Shoosmiths highly regarded national medical negligence team of solicitors include members of the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) referral panel, Law Society referral panel and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). It is these specialists who will fight your neurological case.

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How do I make a neurological claim

If you or a member of your family has suffered neurological injury as a consequence of negligence by a surgeon or anaesthetist, or any other medical or nursing practitioner, you may be entitled to make a claim. Any award made would cover financial compensation for the pain and suffering experienced as a consequence of the injury in addition to any financial loss you have incurred, or you are likely incur in the future, as a consequence of the injury (e.g. cost of medical treatment, rehabilitation, loss of earnings, care provided by family and friends and other professional help).

It is most important that your chosen firm of lawyers has good access to rehabilitation providers and leading medical experts, since their evidence will be absolutely crucial to the success of your claim.

If I have a neurological injury case

In order to establish whether you have a case for making a claim for neurological injuries, as the Claimant you would need to prove with the support of Shoosmiths expert lawyers that there was a breach of the duty owed to your by the doctor or surgeon and it was that breach of duty on the balance of probabilities (i.e. a greater than 50% chance) which directly caused the injury you suffered.

A medical negligence claim is quite different to other types of personal injury when it comes to gathering evidence to support your case. Since your claim is about medical treatment, the most important evidence will come from independent medical experts whose opinions will be crucial.

Your legal team must be able to understand and interpret that medical evidence as well as the law. They must have knowledge of the area of medicine relevant to your treatment and injury as well as experience of the litigation process.

'Shoosmiths got me the rehab I needed and really helped with my family. They were fantastic throughout.'

Nicola Cooper, who suffered a serious brain injury after a seemingly trivial car accident.

Neurological Injuries

Our neurological injury legal experts aim to help you cope with the day-to-day physical and emotional challenges your family faces as well as fighting to achieve the best outcome possible in your claim.

Why Shoosmiths

Who we work with

  • Brain Injury Group
  • Child Brain Injury Trust
  • Headway
  • SIA
  • Back Up
  • Macmillan
  • Danielles Flutterbyes
  • Forces
  • Bens Heroes Trust

Our accreditations

  • Accredited Personal Injury
  • Apil
  • Ama
  • Clinical Negligence
  • Legal 500
  • UK Chambers
  • The Society Of Clinical Injury Lawyers