Jackson: Fixed Costs Needed For All Accident Claims Up To £250k

How do you think this could potentially impact those who have suffered from a serious injury in the UK when making accident claims using the services of lawyers and solicitors. Makes for an interesting read, go see what you think on the Law Gazette website.

Lord Justice Jackson, architect of the present civil costs regime, last night called for fixed costs to apply to all claims valued up to £250,000.

Jackson (pictured) urged government ministers to make reform an immediate priority with a view to setting fixed recoverable costs by the end of this year.

BBC Midlands Reports on Head Injury Concussion Cases from Rugby

An excellent feature broadcast on BBC’s East Midlands Today in March 2015 examines the issue of concussion in Rugby. It looks at the scale of the problem, the dangers of continuing to play following a head injury and the research being carried out to allow better diagnosis of the condition.

We picked up this news item video from the Headway Brain Injury Charity Youtube channel – an excellent resource for anyone who has been affected with a serious head injury, whether as a victim or a family member/friend.

It shows a report on BBC Midlands Today about how concussion whilst playing rugby can lead to a serious injury. Thankfully the people in this video were adequately represented by a professional accident claims solicitor and received the support of various charitable organisations, friends, and family members.

It’s great to see aspects such as this highlighted in the news when they happen. If you see anything on your local news then please submit them to us so we can highlight them this year.

2015 Euro DSD Project Survey Coming Soon: Please Update Your Contact Details

2016I am excited to announce that with the advent of 2016, it’s now time to reflect on the year that was: 2015. As part of our new blogging and awareness initiatives we will soon be conducting a survey of all our contacts, partners, and readers.

Our survey participants will include:

  • Accident claims lawyers
  • Personal injury solicitors
  • Victims of serious injury and their families
  • Support groups and charities
  • Reader and contributors to our blog
  • Other serious injury website bloggers

Our survey questions are still being formulated, but we hope to send it out via our email marketing system soon.

If we don’t have up to date email information for you then please update us as soon as possible so that you don’t miss out!


Walking Again After a Serious Spinal Cord Injury (University Of Zurich Studies)

This content was supplied to us by one of our accident claims partners who occasionally supply us with interesting content about their work, or the personal injury claims that they help to support sufferers with. If you have been the victim of a personal injury and would like to talk to an accident claims company or solicitor then we have some recommended partners that we will soon be featuring on the website.

31.05.12 – Scientists recover mobility of the lower limbs by awakening the injured spinal cord. Performed on rats, this work gives hope big improvements for people with spinal paralysis.

zurichuniRats with spinal cord injuries and severe paralysis can now walk and run. EPFL scientists have published these findings in the journal Science on 1 June 2012.

Their work shows that it is possible to reactivate the functions of the spinal cord, even badly damaged, awakening regenerative capacity using electrical and chemical stimuli. The study began five years ago, at the University of Zurich.

IRP Chair in Spinal Cord Repair at EPFL

According to Grégoire Courtine, holder of the IRP Chair in Spinal Cord Repair at EPFL, it is not yet certain that similar rehabilitation techniques have results in humans. But the regeneration of injured nerve fibers in rats suggests new methods to improve recovery in paralyzed people. “Thanks to the combined effects of stimulation and training with a vertical support system, our rats found voluntary march a few weeks. They can quickly start running, climbing stairs or avoid obstacles, “explains Grégoire Courtine.

Waking the spinal cord is known that the nervous system can recover and readjust after moderate injury – a phenomenon designated by the name of “neuroplasticity”. But in severe cases, the spinal cord shows very limited recovery capabilities, resulting disabilities without hope of remission. Grégoire Courtine’s research proves that it is possible to initiate a healing process, combining rehabilitation sessions and electrochemical stimuli designed to awaken the inactive portion of the spinal cord below the injury.

gregFirst step. Grégoire Courtine and his team inject pharmacological agents to rats suffering from paralysis of the lower limbs. These substances, called “agonists monoamine” bind dopamine, epinephrine and serotonin receptor neurons in the spinal cord. This cocktail replaces neurotransmitters issued by brainstem pathways in healthy subjects. It stimulates the neurons of the spinal cord to prepare them to coordinate lower limb movements. Second step.

Five to ten minutes after injection, scientists stimulate the spinal cord with electrodes implanted in the epidural space. These two stimuli, the chemical, the other electric, are a first step towards the restoration of voluntary work.

“This localized epidural stimulation sends continuous electrical signals to neurons that control movement of the legs. We are left then have to initiate movement, “

explains Rubia van den Brand, co-author of the Science paper.

The innate intelligence of the spine In 2009, Grégoire Courtine has shown that it can restore mobility but involuntarily. By stimulating the portion of the spinal cord below the lesion, the researcher noticed surprising developments. At this point, the nervous system of the brain is isolated. However, he began to perform again the modulation of walking. On a treadmill, the previously paralyzed rats to walk was recovering. – Without really intending These experiments show that the movement of the treadmill created sensory feedback, which triggered the march without the intervention of the brain.

It was as if the neurons of the spinal cord were equipped with their own intelligence. These results suggested to researchers that a very small brain signal was enough to trigger a voluntary movement. To test this theory, the researchers removed the treadmill. They have developed a support system to maintain the rats upright during the exercise sessions. This system intervenes only to help paralyzed subjects to keep their balance. Sufficiently motivating conditions for the animals, also tempted by a piece of chocolate, try to move along a platform.

After some time and by dint of successive trials, voluntary movement is restored – provided that the electrochemical stimulation is always active. Even more surprising, the nerve fibers grow back, not only in the spinal cord – they create that bypass relay injury – but also in the brain. “Based on the will, that learning test resulted in an increase in nerve fibers in the brain and spread the column – a regeneration which demonstrates the enormous potential of neuroplasticity even after severe nervous system injury central, “says Janine Heutschi, co-author. First rehabilitation; a promising way for man According to Grégoire Courtine, this regeneration of nerve fibers can be compared to the development phase in the child – for example when it learns to walk. Nerve fibers grow and generate new connections. In rats, the researchers found that the new fibers were circumventing the lesion and allowed signals from the brain to transmit their orders.

When many voluntary movements only last activity time of the electrochemical stimulation, the impressive regrowth nerve fibers suggests that a promising path opens to enhance the recovery of people with spinal cord injury. “This is the World Cup of neurorehabilitation, says Grégoire Courtine. Our rats have become athletes, even though they were completely paralyzed few weeks ago.

I speak of a 100% recovery of voluntary movement abilities. “Phase II human trials will begin in a year or two at Balgrist University Hospital Spinal Cord Injury Centre in Zurich, Switzerland. Meanwhile, the EPFL researchers are coordinating a project called nine million euros NeuWalk whose goal is to create a fully operational neuroprostheses system for the spine, similar to that used on rats, in order to a use in humans.

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Gamer Suffers Serious Spinal Injury and Then Plays FIFA Again

gamerA couple of us love playing FIFA on the Xbox 360, so imagine how delighted we were to see this YouTube video of a guy recovering from a serious spinal injury claim who went on to play FIFA again.

It goes to show that suffering from a serious spinal cord injury doesn’t mean you can’t live life like you used to and enjoy the things that used to make you happy before your accident.

If you have a similar story you would like to share with our readers then please submit it to our editorial team for consideration. We love videos and blogs that have a great story to them about recovery.

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This is what the Gamer’s Charity said on the video about this:

Here’s Will in our games room trying out FIFA for the first time since a spinal injury restricted all his movement to just his head and shoulders. He’d been told that he’d never be able to play games again, but now he’s levelling the playing field with a chin joystick and a couple of shoulder-operated switches.
He’s gone from strength to strength since this vid was made. “I’m surprising a few friends with how competitive I am,” he said recently, “and I’m holding my own against them. I was up until 4am gaming with a friend the other night – something maybe I’d hoped I’d never do again!” 

You, yes you, could bring the magic of gaming back to more people like Will. Please, consider a regular gift from as little as one pound a week to SpecialEffect today at the link below. You won’t believe the difference you’ll be making.

How to Cope and Manage With a Serious Head Injury (French Content)

The following information has been adapted and translated by one of our French contributors, so apologies in advance if there are some errors in the translation – you should understand the general approach though.

injurycausesHead injury is a traumatic brain injury. There are also associated other acquired brain injury (brain vacsulaires accidents, ruptured aneurysms, cerebral anoxia, tumleurs …).

The main cause of head injuries is represented by the accidents of public roads, but there are also many other causes, especially sports accidents, acts of violence, assault, domestic accidents, suicides.

 The impact:

Although we do not have official figures for France, the incidence of head injury is about 200 cases per 100 000 inhabitants per year, just under 10% are severe. The number of people affected is estimated at about 120,000 per year in France (about 10 000 severe).

What are the related injuries head injuries:

The main lesions are caused by acceleration, deceleration or violent rotation of the brain, which cause stretching or shearing of the axons (“wires”) within the brain. These lesions may be more or less severe and / or extended. They may cause a brief loss of consciousness or prolonged coma.

There are also other types of lesions, called contusions, i.e. focal lesions, often hemorrhagic nature related to the impact of the brain against hard obstacles most often bone reliefs within the skull.

The different degrees of severity:

Usually there are three levels of severity:

  • The mild head injury is a brief unconsciousness of few minutes (less than an hour) and amnesia of trauma and moments that follow (post-traumatic amnesia, lasting less than 24 hours). The evolution is usually favorable: 90% of people recover without sequelae, within 3 to 6 months, but 10% keep more or less important consequences.
  • Severe head injury is characterized by coma (score less than or equal to 8 on the most used coma scale, the scale of Glasgow), which can last several hours or days. The risk of sequelae is much higher.
  • The head injury moderate intermediate between the two previous levels, there are brain traumtismes said moderates, whose severity is measured by the duration of loss of consciousness, coma depth and duration of post-traumatic amnesia.

The main consequences:

For mild head injuries, the most common sequelae are post-concussion syndrome associating headache, dizziness, fatigue, and cognitive and emotional difficulties. These disorders cure in 90% of cases within 3 to 6 months,  10% keep more or less significant sequelae. But these injuries can also be complicated by the psychological impact of the accident (especially post-traumatic stress disorder characterized by intrusive memories and repeated the accidentou its aftermath).


For moderate to severe head injury, the effects may be more important:

  • Sensory sequelae: visual disturbances (diplopia or double vision, achieving an optical nerve or visual field), loss of taste, smell, touch.
  • Physical sequelae: it can exist in varying degrees of movement disorders (hemiplegia or quadriplegia in the most severe cases), coordination and balance (cerebellar syndrome), or orthopedic disorders in cases the most severe of vesicoureteral may persist sphintériens or swallowing disorders (risk of aspiration). Epileptic seizures may occur waning, sometimes relatively late.
  • Endocrine deficiency, by pituitary lesion, can increase certain disorders, particularly fatigue or sexual dysfunction.
  • Cognitive sequelae: they constitute the main difficulty in the recognition of a disability, they are the source of what is commonly called the “invisible disability”: it is a combination of different disorders involving mental slowness , attention disorders, concentration, difficulty doing several things at once, especially in the anterograde memory disorders, ie altering the learning capabilities of new information, and finally disorders executive functions (new or unusual tasks management difficulties, planning, organization, inhibition, reasoning, judgment).

Finally there may be changes in the character and behavior as either a loss of initiative and apathy, on the contrary of disinhibition, and behavioral control problems that could lead to socially maladjusted acts ( violence, aggressiveness, addictive behavior, ….).

There it often combines anosognosia, which means that people are not well aware of their problems. All these problems are never isolated and interact to disabling sequelae as they relate to higher functions (cognitive function).

The most serious cases realize a state of arousal not responding (formerly EVC persistent vegetative state) or pauci-relational state: these states are characterized by persistent impairment of consciousness, totally limiting (not responding awakening) or partially (state pauci-relational) communication skills and interaction with the environment.

Consecutive losses to these effects have an impact on daily life and greatly undermine social reintegration, family, school and professional people. They sound profonément on family and relatives, who must be accompanied and supported.

Their assumption is based on teams specializing in rehabilitation and rehabilitation initially tempqs (Medical Services Physical and Rehabilitation). A distance of the accident, the support in the long term will have to be with relatives and medico-social and social teams with a real knowledge of the problem, in services and / or suitable facilities.

Responses to:

  • Each lesion is unique
  • each one is injured
  • Each family is unique
  • every life is unique path

For each brain-injured person can make a life-course consistent with its project and its needs, we must support the creation of the national territory devices characterized by flexibility, proximity, sharing, efficiency.

Namely genuine local platforms coordinates services to brain injured people and their families.

These devices allow:

Integrating existentes structures: partnership, pooling, barriers between the health sector and medico-social

the development of missing responses to deal with situations with behavioral disorders, act in areas where there is no offer, meet the respite needs close

They must rely on specialized institutions and services in the accompaniment of brain injured individuals when they exist and have a strong connection with associations of families of TBI and brain-damaged.

We thank Professor Philippe Azouvi which largely contributed to the development of this document.

Spinal Injury Charity Initiative (Scotiabank Charity Challenge)

It’s always great to see what other organisations around the World are doing in supporting people with serious injuries. A spinal injury is one of the most serious personal injury claim, or accident claim that a person can suffer. In this video we see Michel McDermott talking to Kirsten Sharp, Spinal Cord Injury BC “Walk ‘n Roller” team captain about the importance of the Scotiabank Charity Challenge & how it benefits local charities.

If you are a charity or organisation that is currently running any charity or fund-raising initiatives for people affected by serious injuries including spinal cord injury then we would love to hear from you. We regularly post video news such as this related post where Prince Harry opened up a brain injury clinic.

Why We Love the Headway Brain Injury Charity

Headway is a fantastic charity that helps people and families affected by serious brain injuries. We think they do great work, and in fact, you can like them on Facebook using the widget you can see to the right of this page. Here is a video all about them including the great work that they do. Go take a look and see what you think.