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Pilots and pirates get hats on for Headway

Pilots, pirates and pink cowboys are giving legal advice in Cumbria today as staff and partners at a Cumbria law firm don wacky hats to help raise money for the brain injury charity Headway.

Lawyers and support staff at Burnetts Solicitors are taking part in Hats for Headway Day, just one of the initiatives being run by Headway to mark their annual Action for Brain Injury Week.

Nick Gutteridge (pictured second from left) is Head of Personal Injury at Burnetts and a member of Headway North Cumbria.  His team has been accredited by Headway because of its expertise and experience in advising on the complex issues around compensation claims for brain injuries.

Hats for Headway

Nick said, “Hats for Headway is a fun way to raise money for this important charity, but also to raise awareness of their work. The aim of the 2010 Action for Brain Injury Week is to highlight the danger signs that mean head injury patients should go immediately to hospital and to highlight the need for high quality information following a concussion.”  

Headway has produced a factsheet for those discharged from hospital with minor head injuries to help identify symptoms of possible complications. Symptoms to look out for include: new deafness in one or both ears; loss of balance or problems walking; weakness in one or both arms or legs as well as the more commonly recognised symptoms of vomiting and headache.

A copy of the fact sheet is available  http://www.headway.org.uk/action-for-brain-injury-week.aspx.

Brain injury facts and figures (source: Headway)

  • Each year an estimated 1 million people attend hospital A&E in the UK following head injury. Many more head injuries go unreported and are not assessed by medical professionals
  • Of these, around 135,000 people are admitted to hospital each year as a consequence of brain injury
  • It is estimated that across the UK there are around 500,000 people (aged 16 - 74) living with long term disabilities as a result of traumatic brain injury
  • Approximately half of deaths in people under 40 are due to traumatic brain injury
  • Men are two to three times more likely to have a traumatic brain injury than women. This increases to five times more likely in the 15-29 age range. 

Published: Friday 21st May 2010
Categorised: Community

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