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'Life is like a rugby ball: you never know in what direction it will bounce next... ' ADVERTISING FEATURE (Yoshiro Mori, Japanese Prime Minister).

AS we relish the excitement of the Six Nations, these words summing up the twists and turns of life are timely. In many ways life is like a rugby ball. Sometimes it's like a tough rugby match.

If you're lucky, your energy, passion, strength and stamina will drive you to great things. But, sadly, people can suffer the most appalling "collapsed scrum" event. Road traffic accidents, sports injuries, accidents at work, criminal attacks and medical negligence can all result in a devastating brain injury.

Hitting home hard After the initial shock, the reality of a brain injury hits home hard.

While the injured person receives hospital care, their family and friends must deal with day-to-day issues and plan the care, rehabilitation and long-term needs of their injured relative.

A highly emotional and confusing time, it's hard to know where to turn for help.

The Brain Injury Group can help If you or your loved one has a head or brain injury, the Brain Injury Group can help.

Its specialist brain injury lawyers all have proven expertise in brain injury and work in tandem with a wide range of professional, local services to help people affected by brain injury.

The Group provides seamless support and services from the moment you first enquire through to compensation, rehabilitation and beyond.

Support near you The Brain Injury Group is dedicated to providing patients and families with local experts and services to ensure immediate help and long-term care close to home.

Member solicitors Hugh James and Thompsons cover Cardiff, Bridgend, Pontypridd, Swansea, Neath, Llanelli and surrounding areas.

"By its very nature, brain injury affects people for life and needs expert, skilled handling to ensure their care is secure for the rest of their life," says Andrew Harding, partner and head of the neurolaw team at Hugh James.

"Brain injury cases are complex and not 'just another' personal injury claim: generalist firms seeking 'quick compensation' frequently overlook or under-appreciate brain injury," he warns.

Louise Westlake, regional supervisor and manager of the serious injury unit: South, Mid and West Wales at Thompsons Solicitors, agrees.

"The anxiety and uncertainty that go with brain injury can be damaging for the whole family unless they receive the best advice and support," she says.

"By working with other local services, we can bring clarity and reassurance to families close to home." Key Brain Injury Group services: * Dedicated brain injury case manager * Specialist legal team * Financial advice * Family coordinator * Links to local support groups * If you have been affected by brain injury, call the Brain Injury Group today on 0800 612 9660 and let us help you.


* Dealing with brain injuries affects all the family * Nobody knows which way a rugby ball will bounce
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 3, 2012
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