Finding the Right Legal Support

Brain injuries are exceptionally complex and rarely occur in isolation. Their affects are widespread and, if you choose to seek legal advice, it is important that you choose a solicitor who understands the full implications of your injury.

If your brain injury was the result of a malicious act, accident or malpractice you may be able to pursue a compensation claim. As long as someone else was at least partially responsible for your injury, you can make a claim.

It is important to explore your right to compensation as soon as possible after injury as there are a number of time limits which apply. If you have been the victim of negligence as an adult, for example, you must begin legal action within three years of the incident which caused your injury. Victims of criminal assault must begin legal action within two years.

There are a number of exceptions to these rules. Cases involving children, those with limited mental capacity and accidents abroad are all subject to different time limits.

If you have sustained a brain injury, we always advise seeking specialist legal advice to see if you are eligible to make a claim.

We understand that deciding to make a claim is a big step and people will inevitably have concerns. However, the claims process is there to ensure you and your family are able to recover after injury. You should not be at a loss (physically, cognitively, emotively or financially) due to someone else’s mistake. Making a claim can also help ensure that someone else doesn’t have to go through the same experience in the future. Pursuing a claim after an accident at work, for example, may lead the workplace to review its safety procedures.
If you or a loved one has experienced a brain injury, we recommend speaking with a brain injury specialist. We created The Silverlining Charity Affiliated Solicitors Scheme as a point of reference for brain injured individuals looking to find the best possible legal representation.

With strict inclusion criteria, we have limited affiliation to a small pool of firms who are truly committed to supporting their clients throughout their lifetime. Only those firms recognised to be leaders in brain injury law, with exceptional recommendations and accreditation have been offered membership. All of our members have agreed to a strict code of conduct which you can read here.

If you are seeking a specialist brain injury solicitor we would recommend exploring our Affiliated members, please see links below. A good solicitor will be happy to offer you a free consultation regardless of your location. Our Affiliated partners are all willing to consider cases from across England and Wales.

If you decide to explore legal representation, we would strongly advise you to consult at least three different solicitors’ firms before you choose who to pursue your claim with. All of our Affiliated partners will be happy to offer a free no-obligation consultation.
When you first contact a solicitor’s firm, you will need to provide some outline details about your injury. This often includes when you sustained your injury, the cause of your injury, who was at fault and how your brain injury has affected you. This can be an emotional process so make sure you prepare yourself as best you can before you make the call. If possible, ensure you have a family member or brain injury professional with you when you make your enquiries so they can support you through the process.

It is always good to ask solicitors lots of questions so you can establish their expertise and their fit with your requirements. Before you make first contact, spend some time thinking through what you want to ask and write your questions down. You shouldn’t be afraid to ask tough questions. Remember to write down their answers as you go along so you have got a good record of their responses.

You may want to find out:

  • Do they have a specialist brain injury team / solicitor?
  • Do they have membership of any professional bodies?
  • How long have they been working with brain injury cases?
  • Have they handled any cases similar to yours?
  • What settlement might you expect?
  • What funding options are available?
  • Will they take any deductions or fees from your settlement?
  • Do they offer any investment advice during or after the claims process?
  • What is the best way to contact the team?
  • Will you receive regular updates from the team?
  • Are they happy to speak with you anytime?
  • Will they travel to meet you at your home?
  • Could you speak with one of their previous clients about their experience?
  • How have they contributed to brain injury community?
  • What makes their firm different?

Should you choose to speak with one or more of our Affiliated firms, we would very much appreciate it if you could mention that they were recommended by The Silverlining Charity.

Asking as many questions as possible is the best way to find out more about what each firm has to offer you. If you get a bit stuck don’t be afraid to ask “why should I work with you rather than another brain injury specialist?”.

When making your decision you may want to consider:

  • Their experience of working with similar cases
  • The funding options available
  • The size of settlement you might expect
  • Did they understand your needs?
  • Did they make you feel at ease?
  • Do you think they will work hard to best represent your interests?
  • Will they be there through every stage of your recovery?

When you have decided which firm you think will offer the best potential outcome for you and your family you will need to arrange to meet with the team to discuss your case further.

If you are ever unhappy with your legal representation, you can speak to another firm to get a second opinion and arrange a free consultation.

We hope that contacting one of our Affiliated partners will ensure you have a good experience. However, if you have a poor experience with any of our partners please let us know. We will investigate all complaints put forward against our members.

Our Affiliated Firms