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20 May 2024 | Comment | Article by Cari Sowden-Taylor

Action for Brain Injury Week: A life re-written

Marking the start of Action for Brain Injury Week 2024, Ellis Meade, Solicitor in our Serious Injury Team, highlights the support Headway provides to individuals following a brain injury.

Action for Brain Injury Week (ABI Week) provides an annual platform on which the awareness of brain injury is raised. This year, the campaign week, which is coordinated by the brain injury charity, Headway, will focus on how brain injury can turn lives upside down, throwing plans into disarray, change life goals and even the sense of who you are.

A Life Re Written


The theme ‘a life re-written’ will highlight the issue of identity after brain injury, how survivors have experienced post-traumatic growth through a process of change. The campaign will also detail the negative and difficult aspects of brain injury. This can include the ripple effect, for example on partners and family members, who often need to make life changes and adjustments to their own goals and expectations.

ABI Week serves as a crucial reminder of the challenges faced by individuals who have experienced brain injuries. While some may associate recovery with positive outcomes and a return to normality, the reality is often far more complex. This blog highlights both the struggles and the potential for growth and resilience.

The effects of a brain injury can be profound and varied, impacting every aspect of a person’s life. From cognitive impairments and physical disabilities to emotional and behavioural changes, the consequences are multifaceted. Simple tasks that were once taken for granted may become monumental challenges, leading to frustration, depression, and a sense of isolation.

Many survivors of brain injury find themselves grappling with newfound limitations, whether it’s difficulty with memory, concentration, or motor skills. Adjusting to these changes can be a difficult journey, requiring patience, support, and often professional input. The financial strain of lost employment and rehabilitation further compounds the stress, adding another layer of complexity to the recovery process.

Despite the obstacles, the path to recovery is not devoid of hope. With effective rehabilitation, therapy, and support from friends and family, many survivors gradually reclaim aspects of their lives and rediscover a sense of purpose, re-writing their story and future.

One of the most rewarding aspects of working with brain injured individuals is witnessing them rebuild their lives from the ground up. This could be anything from returning to work, relearning lost skills, adapting to a new normal, or rebuilding relationships with loved ones.

Llandough Hospital provides specialist neurological rehabilitation services and with the long-standing support of Headway, individuals with acquired brain injuries can visit the day centre on a weekly basis. The service provides invaluable holistic support and a day of respite for those who have suffered life changing injuries, as well as a stepping stone on the journey between injury and a life ‘re-written’. Hugh James is proud to support such a worthwhile project by providing a volunteer on a weekly basis.

At Hugh James, the National Serious Injury Team specialises in representing adult and child claimants who have sustained brain injuries following road traffic collisions, injuries at work and assaults.

For more information regarding the work we do to support individuals and families after brain injury, please contact us on 033 3016 2222 or [email protected].

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Cari Sowden-Taylor


Cari is a Partner and Joint Head of the National Serious Injury Team, and specialises in representing adult and child claimants who have sustained life changing injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries, limb loss and polytrauma following road traffic collisions, injuries at work and assaults.

Disclaimer: The information on the Hugh James website is for general information only and reflects the position at the date of publication. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be treated as such. If you would like to ensure the commentary reflects current legislation, case law or best practice, please contact the blog author.


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