In 2015, Shine Lawyers proudly announced its partnership with the Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI).
This partnership will provide Shine’s teams of experts with the opportunity to help support and advocate for clients suffering from a brain impairment long after their brain injury cases have been resolved.
We are privileged to have the opportunity to connect with this community and demonstrate our commitment to ASSBI’s mission statement - to work together to improve the lives of people with brain impairment.
Skye McDonald, Treasurer at ASSBI interviewed Jamie Shine, Partner at Shine Lawyers. To read the full interview, click here.
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Common questions about Shine Lawyers and ASSBI partnership
- Traumatic brain injuries (‘TBI’)
- Diffuse axonal injuries
- Post concussive disorders
- Hypoxic brain injuries
- Cognitive disorders
- Loss of consciousness
- A period of amnesia
- An altered Glasgow Coma Scale (‘GCS’)
- A period of Post Traumatic Amnesia (‘TPA’)
- Dizziness and problems with balance
- Spasticity or mobility issues
- Memory loss
- Difficulty concentrating
- Cognitive deficits
- Difficulty planning or co-ordinating tasks
- Difficulty multi-tasking
- Changes in personality or mood swings
- Irritability, or a ‘short fuse’
- Difficulties managing your money
- Word finding/selection difficulties
- Reduced sense of smell, taste
- Vision difficulties
- Hearing difficulties
Shine Lawyers understands that the path to recovery for a brain injury caused by trauma is unique to each of our clients. We will work with you to gain access to rehabilitation, support networks and medical attention within the course of your claim, so that we can assist you in planning for your future both financially and medically.
On an average, acquired brain injuries stabilize within approximately 24 months. We will wait for your injury to reach stabilization and ‘maximum medical improvement’ to ensure that your future expenses are fully taken care of an account for your ongoing situation.
Each State and Territory has different legal principles and legislation that influences how we approach and present your claim. Time limits often apply when bringing a claim for compensation so it is generally recommended that you, or a loved one on your behalf, contact a legal advisor with expertise in acquired brain injury as soon as possible after your accident to understand your options and avoid being barred from bringing a claim.
Depending on your symptoms and the challenges you face, you may require a case manager, to facilitate and organise your rehabilitation for you. In other circumstances, you may require home modifications, to allow you to return home safely. Your priorities and needs are unique, and we make it our job to understand, so that we can ensure you are able move on with your life.
We know that brain injuries are hard to live with, hard to explain and difficult to manage. We are experienced in handling issues of legal and financial capacity, rehabilitation and complex injuries. Our solicitors handle a small case load to ensure that all our brain injured clients are afforded the individualised attention that they need and we operate on a No-Win, No-Fee basis.
As a team we seek to learn from the best, so that we can give our clients the best service possible. We invest time into training and work alongside organisations that help to rehabilitate those with ABIs such as ‘Synapse’ and ‘Brain Injuries Australia’ to ensure our clients can access the rehabilitation they need. We are always seeking to further relationships with those providing care on the front line to ensure we stay well-informed on any advancements from the medical community.
A brain injury claim is not a short process. It takes a long time for a brain injury to stabilise enough for an assessment to take place and even longer for a settlement to be reached. We understand that our clients are in for a long haul, and we make it our job to be there every step of the way.
When you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, your needs are unique – and we take the time to understand them. We have recently helped a client who was critically injured in a motor vehicle accident. He sustained severe traumatic brain damage, and at the age of 27 would require full nursing care for the rest of his life. Despite having a family willing to do anything for their son, the insurer of the defendant driver’s vehicle insisted on placing our client in an old aged care facility. We fought for his family home to be appropriately modified as part of rehabilitation, so that he could return to live with his loving family.
- Ongoing medical and hospital expenses
- Loss of earnings both now and in the future
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Home and yard modification and maintenance
- Case management
- The cost of special equipment including insurance and maintenance costs
- Special vehicle or vehicle modification costs
- Technical equipment which may assist with memory
- Equipment to help with visual or hearing difficulties
- Paid nursing, respite or support worker care
- Costs for maintaining your rehabilitation e.g. hoists, gym equipment
- Treatment for sexual dysfunction
- Medical supplies and pharmaceutical expenses
- Psychological and psychiatric support
- Costs associated with managing your compensation
- Additional costs associated with future travel
- Reimbursement for out of pocket expenses
- The seriousness of your injuries
- Your age
- The impact on your ability to earn an income
- Your care requirements
- Your requirement for ongoing treatment
We’ll devote the time that is needed to investigate your serious injury claim thoroughly, in order get the right amount of compensation. We understand that everybody’s case is different and we’ll work with you to achieve the outcome that you need.