PI specialist welcomes new concussion study

07/02/2019

Premiership footballers are taking part in a new study that aims to improve the speed and accuracy of concussion diagnoses.

The research is being carried out by The University of Birmingham and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, funded by The Drake Foundation and supported by the Premier League Doctors Group.

Susan Todhunter, a Partner in our Catastrophic Injury Team, said the study could provide valuable insights in the future for personal injury claims:

This study involves collecting urine and saliva samples from injured and non injured players and testing them at various times against the ‘Birmingham Concussion Test’, which has been developed following a decade of research.
It aims to investigate whether there are markers that indicate the brain has suffered injury that in due course could allow for earlier and more accurate diagnoses.

Concussion can commonly occur when a person suffers head or brain injury and this very welcome and important research could be beneficial for personal injury claimants in the future.

Many people think of concussion as a fleeting injury but, in our experience of acting for injured clients, it can have significant and long-term effects that impact upon our clients’ quality of life. Earlier and more accurate diagnosis would enable our clients to get the right treatment and rehabilitation and improve their chances of recovery.

It will be very interesting to see how this research progresses and we’ll be watching closely to see the results.

* A leader in her field, Susan heads our Catastrophic Injury Team, dealing with high value and complex catastrophic injury claims. In particular, she has extensive experience of acting for claimants who have suffered traumatic brain injury and has successfully secured a number of multimillion pound settlements for her clients. Such cases include a £7m settlement for Ms J, a passenger who suffered serious brain and orthopaedic injuries as a result of a road traffic accident, and a £1.5million settlement for a lorry driver who suffered a serious concussion and facial injuries.

Susan can be contacted on 01902 393460 or s.todhunter@fbcmb.co.uk.

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