Brain injury support
Headway is a UK charity that works to improve life after brain injury. With its national network of 125 regional centres and branches, Headway provides support, services, and information to brain injury survivors, their families, and carers, as well as to professionals in health and legal fields. Headway helps to rebuild the lives of those affected by brain injury and to provide access to services to promote rehabilitation.
Members of CL Medilaw are recognised by Headway as brain injury specialists.
The Brain Injury Group
The Brain Injury Group (BIG) provides support to individuals and families affected by brain injury. BIG provides practical help and assistance through access to rehabilitation and welfare advice. BIG also works closely with national charities and support groups to share best practices and to allow individuals to share experiences with others.
Members of the team at CL Medilaw are recognised by BIG as specialist lawyers in brain injury claims.
Sussex Acquired Brain Injury Forum (SABIF)
SABIF is a group of acquired brain injury survivors, carers, front line professionals and policy makers who aim to enable a clearer understanding of acquired brain injury within the ABI community in Sussex.
UKABIF (United Kingdom Brain Injury Forum)
UKABIF aims to promote better understanding of all aspects of ABI; to educate, inform and provide networking opportunities for professionals, service providers, planners and policy makers and to campaign for better services in the UK.
SIA (Spinal Injuries Association)
Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) is the leading national user-led spinal cord injuries charity. They support anyone who has been touched by spinal cord injury and enable people to live a fulfilled life after injury.
CBIRS(Child Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service)
The UK-wide service is passionate about the individual needs of each and every child. The services gives access to support services in one place including employment support, transitional services and behavioural support.
KBIF (Kent Brain Injury Forum)
Previously known as KABIF, KBIF is affiliated to UKABIF. It aims to promote better services for people with acquired brain injuries and neuro-rehabilitation needs and long term conditions.
The Amputation Foundation
The Amputation Foundation assists amputees with support following a significant injury. The Amputation Foundation focuses on providing advice, information, and encouragement to amputees on how to adapt to a new life following limb amputation. The charity provides access to numerous services, including benefits information, legal information, prosthetic centre advice, education, and retraining. With over 50 years’ of experience, the Amputation Foundation has forged partnerships with numerous disability and amputation charitable organisations to ensure that the advice it provides is unrivalled.
CL Medilaw is recognised by The Amputation Foundation as specialists in amputation claims.
Other useful contacts
Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) is a charity that promotes patient safety and justice. AvMA provides free, independent advice and support to people affected by medical accidents. It offers assistance through a designated helpline and support from specialist caseworkers.
CL Medilaw are specialist lawyers recommended by AvMA and members of the team are on the AvMA Specialist Clinical Negligence panel; a panel which has come to represent an essential quality mark for those clinical negligence practitioners who place clients at the center of their practice. We also have members of the team that provide assistance through the AvMA helpline.
Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Accreditation
The Law Society is the independent professional body for solicitors and provides a list of clinical negligence lawyers who are accredited specialists in clinical negligence. Members of the CL Medilaw team have obtained this accreditation which recognises their skill and experience in this area of law.
The Law Society’s Personal Injury Accreditation
The Law Society is the independent professional body for solicitors and provides a list of personal injury lawyers specialising in this area. Members of the CL Medilaw team have obtained this accreditation given their specialist experience.
APIL is a not for profit organisation which seeks to protect the interests of injured people. It organises and manages campaigns to promote the rights of those who through no fault of their own, have suffered injuries. APIL provides helpful information relating to how claims can be pursued and how compensation can be obtained.
The CL Medilaw team are recognised as clinical negligence and personal injury specialists and are members of APIL.
Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children
CL Medilaw are proud to be working in association with Newlife
Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children is the UK’s largest charity provider of essential equipment to disabled and terminally ill children.
Newlife provides helpline support and equipment grants, as well as emergency loans when a child’s safety is at risk or life expectancy, is shortened. Specialist toys are also loaned through the Play Therapy Pod service which can change lives in many ways and allow children to learn through play.
Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children – Registered Charity Number: 1170125 in England & Wales
Peeps are the only UK charity dedicated to supporting those affected by HIE (hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy). The nature of HIE means that outcomes can vary greatly, and impact on the parents, siblings and the wider family can be huge. The charity offers practical, financial and emotional support, wherever a family may be on their HIE journey. One of their main focuses is on mental health, especially during such difficult times with the effect of Covid19. They can arrange and fund specialised counselling (over the phone, so no travel required), with a trained therapist, and ensure that no HIE parent feels they are on their own.
Peeps are always free to anyone who would like to get in touch for a chat or just to find out more about what they do.
Find out more online at www.peeps-hie.org or on social media @PeepsHIE
Major Trauma Group
CL Medilaw is a founding member of the Major Trauma Group.
The group was formed in the Spring of 2020 as a not for profit Community Interest Company. It is made up of leading law firms from across the country who, together with clinicians, have pooled their knowledge and experience to assist major trauma victims and their families through the provision of legal advice and ancillary services. The Major Trauma Group take care of the complex legal issues and let the patient focus on their rehabilitation journey.
Whether from a road traffic accident, injury at work or violence, major trauma remains the main cause of death for people under 40 in England. Every year in England, approximately 20,000 people are caused to suffer major trauma.
Major Trauma Group members are committed to:
- Enable early access to rehabilitation to help improve outcomes, regain independence and return to function.
- Ensuring access to specialist legal and financial advice at an early stage to deal with the complex issues that arise as a consequence of major trauma including issues surrounding legal claims, issues with respect to work and family life and advice with respect to benefits and care funding.
- Helping to achieve financial security for the future.