A serious head or brain injury can leave a victim with a range of symptoms, depending on the severity of the trauma and the parts of the brain affected – Head and Brain Injury Solicitor Dungannon
The effects can be physical, emotional, sensory or cognitive, but regardless of the type of head injury suffered the immediate priority should be securing the highest standard of medical care and rehabilitation.
An estimated 150,000 people suffer a brain injury in the UK every year, with many of those being so seriously injured that they are unable to ever work again. In these circumstances it is essential that the costs of future care are taken into account when negotiating a compensation claim.
Our highly-skilled lawyers have many years’ experience in dealing with complex and high value cases arising from head and brain injuries, and have earned a reputation for providing clients with the very best level of service.
That reputation is built on our understanding of our clients’ needs. Our specialist lawyers understand that the majority of patients suffering a head or brain injury require extensive rehabilitation treatment. They know that rehabilitation will help the victim of a brain injury to attain the highest level of independent functioning that they can, and they understand that the greatest amount of visible progress occurs in the first six months of rehabilitation and that progress can continue for many years.
Because the brain is very complex, every brain injury is different and so is the recovery. Our expert lawyers know this, which is why the specialists at Simmons Meglaughlin & Orr provide a caring service which treats you as an individual and offers all the help, advice and support you will need to make your claim.
While rehabilitation can help a person with a brain injury to regain former skills and obtain the highest level of independent functioning, it alone cannot guarantee future quality of life. Compensation is often a lifeline for head or brain injury victims and their families.
Our specialists offer a free, no obligation initial consultation where we will discuss the circumstances of your case with you. We will tell you if we believe you could pursue a claim and clearly explain your options to you, enabling you to make an informed choice that best suits you and your needs.
Most clients choose our No Win No Fee scheme because it provides a risk-free way to pursue compensation. If your claim is successful, you will receive 100 per cent of the damages and the defendant’s insurance company will pay our costs.
Some clients might already have cover to pay for the case, although they may not be aware of it. Many household and car insurance policies actually provide cover to pay for a case such as this, while members of trade unions might also have a similar funding policy.
Our team of experts will closely examine your existing policies and advise you on the best way to fund the claim, helping you make the right choice and ensuring you have complete peace of mind.
A serious head or brain injury can be a horrifying ordeal for the individual involved and their loved ones. Our friendly, helpful specialists are on hand to offer you all the information and advice you might need, and to guide you through the process of making a claim for compensation.
Office of Care and Protection Services
Managing the financial affairs of a client lacking mental capacity can be complex, which is why Simmons Meglaughlin & Orr is available to help meet all of their needs. Our Solicitors can act for clients lacking mental capacity due to brain injury, dementia and mental illness or learning difficulties and can offer help in:
- Acting as a Professional Deputy
- Advising and supporting Lay Deputies
- Preparing statutory wills
- Liaising with agencies and professionals to ensure a co-ordinated approach to care and support
Educated at St Colman’s College in Newry, Kevin graduated from University College Dublin in 1982 with a degree in Law (BCL).
He graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a Certificate of Professional Legal Studies in 1984 and was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Northern Ireland in 1984. He was later admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in the Republic of Ireland in 1992, as well as in England and Wales in 2008. He qualified as a Solicitor Advocate in 2013. He is also a certified Mediator.
Kevin has worked at Donnelly Neary & Donnelly since he was admitted to the Roll in 1984 and has been a partner in the firm since 1988.
Kevin is a Notary Public, and is currently the President of the College of Notaries in Northern Ireland. He is also a Trusts and Estates Practitioner (TEP) of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and a member of the NI Commercial Property Lawyers Association. Kevin currently acts as Treasurer for the Irish Legal History Society and is Deputy Chair of the Statutory Committee for the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland.
Kevin has experience in all areas of practise; however, Kevin specialises in commercial property, as well as in general conveyancing, trusts and wills.
Brendan Hagan LLB graduated from Queen’s University in 1973 with a BA Honours Degree in Modern History.
Brendan commenced practising as a Solicitor in 1978 and completed his apprentice with John P Hagan.
Brendan specialises in Criminal, Matrimonial and employment law and is a Solicitor Advocate and a member of the Children Order Panel.
Brendan has acted in a number of high profile criminal cases as well as Public Enquiries.
Educated at St Patrick’s Academy Dungannon, Ellen graduated from University of Ulster Magee with a degree in Law with French (LLB).
Ellen obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Studies from the Institute of Professional Legal Studies at Queen’s University Belfast in 2017.
Ellen works from our Portadown Office JPH Law, our Armagh office Gordon Wallace & Co and our Dungannon office Simmons Meglaughlin & Orr.
Ellen specialised in Conveyancing, Employment and Wills.
Kate Ervine graduated from Queen’s University and completed her degree in Law & Accountancy in 2006 and Trust & Estate Administration in 2009.
Kate was formerly employed by two provincial firms before joining the practice in August 2007. Kate specialises in Conveyancing, Administration of Estates; contentious Probate; Will drafting; Agricultural law and Taxation. Kate is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.
Educated at St Joseph’s Grammar School Donaghmore, Kathryn graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2002 with a degree in Law and Politics (LLB).
Kathryn obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice with Distinction from Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne in 2003.
In 2005 Kathryn was admitted as a Qualified Solicitor in Northern Ireland, England and Wales.
Kathryn worked in our Portadown office JPH Law in 2018 and later moved to our Dungannon office Simmons Meglaughlin & Orr.
Kathryn is a multifaceted general practice Solicitor who specialises in Property, Probate and Wills. She also practices in Matrimonial Law, Children’s Law, Personal Injury and General Litigation.
Michael graduated in law with LLB Hons from Queens University Belfast in 1985 He works with JPHLAW as well as being the Principal of Campbell & Grant in Newry.
Michael’s legal expertise includes conveyancing, criminal law, commercial property acquisition, sales development, residential property development, licensing, planning, trusts, inheritance tax, wills and estates both in Northern Ireland and in the Republic of Ireland.
Aoife was educated at Assumption Grammar School, Ballynahinch, before attending Queen’s University Belfast, where she graduated with a degree in Law & Politics (LLB).
She then studied at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, Queen’s University Belfast, and was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in 2011.
Aoife has particular interest in litigation and family law, as well as probate and criminal law.
Educated at Portadown College, Helen graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 1995 with a degree in Law (LLB).
She then studied at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, Queen’s University Belfast, and was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Northern Ireland in 1997. Helen has a Certificate in Commercial Conveyancing, and also has an ILM Level 5 Diploma in Leadership.
She currently sits on the Board of Governors for Waringstown Primary School.
Helen has a particular interest in residential conveyancing, commercial property, wills, and the administration of estates.