Practical Issues

Following a brain injury in the family, many day to day issues can be effected. Headway Birmingham and Solihull can do an assessment of a families needs to ensure they can access the right practical assistance.

 

Issues that may be effected include:

 

Financial implications

The brain injured person may not be able to return to work and the carer may also have to give up employment. A brain injury can therefore have a huge effect on a family’s finances, and claiming benefits can help to ease the pressure. The system is complex and can be confusing, so it is important to get professional advice and to apply as soon as possible so you don’t lose money.

 

Headway – The Brain Injury Association has a useful booklet ‘Welfare Benefits after brain injury’ which explains the whole system. You can buy it now from their online shop. There is a guide to filling in the Disability Living Allowance form in the back of this booklet, or you can download from their ‘Welfare’ page.

 

Headway Birmingham and Solihull can help you through our Carer Services with benefits advice if you are still having difficulties.

 

In many cases there may be a strong case for compensation. Claiming compensation can be a lifeline to help achieve safety and independence and improve quality of life.

 

 

Driving after brain injury

Fortunately, many people who have sustained a brain injury retain most of their previous driving skills. They are usually very naturally eager to return to driving as soon as possible. There are, however, some legal requirements that must be followed. It may be sensible to take precautions such as having a driving assessment, even if you feel sure that your driving skills remain intact.

 

Legal requirements

 

Fortunately, many people who have sustained a brain i jury retain most of their previous driving skills. They are usually very naturally eager to return to driving as soon as possible. There are, however, some legal requirements that must be followed. It may be sensible to take precautions such as having a driving assessment, even if you feel sure that your driving skills remain intact.

 

It is the driver’s responsibility to inform the DVLA. Failure to do so is a criminal offence and could invalidate your insurance.

You might need to get an assessment before getting back on the road, to see if you are fit to drive and/or to get advice on adaptations you might need. For more information, contact our enquiry line for the nearest test centre.

For more information, booklets and Mobility adaptation stockists, visit Headway – the brain injury associations Website.

 

Practical day to day tasks

Quite often the brain injured person may encounter problems when they return home, completing basic tasks around the house or even getting about. This should be assessed by professionals. Contact our Community Services team if you think further help is required in this area.

 

For more information, booklets and Mobility adaptation stockists, visit Headway – the brain injury associations Website.

 

If you require further help or information in any of these areas please call us.

0121-457-7541

 

All enquiries are treated in the strictest of confidence.

 

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