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Brain Injury Portrayed in Coronation Street

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The effects of brain injury will be given the limelight in a plot which is currently running in the popular soap opera Coronation Street.

In scenes that aired in August 2013, the character Nick Tilsley, played by Ben Price, was involved in a serious car accident which left him in a coma and required an operation to remove a blood-clot on his brain.

The ongoing storyline will show that Nick sustained brain injury. When he wakes up from his coma, he will no longer be “the same Nick” as before the accident.

Some of the symptoms of brain injury that will be highlighted in Nick’s character will be personality changes, anger, obsessive behaviour and irrationality.

Although the symptoms portrayed will be limited to a storyline to suit Coronation Street, it will be interesting to see (whether Coronation Street fans or not) if the impact of brain injury is given a realistic portrayal on TV.

The symptoms of brain injury are significant. We as specialist brain injury lawyers are aware that the impact of brain injury is very different from one client to the next. The effects of brain injury can be long-term, with some individuals having to live with the consequences for the rest of their lives. Rehabilitation can play a huge part in adjusting to these changes. Brain injury can also profoundly affect the individual’s family and social life.

The actor, Ben Price, liaised with Headway, the Brain Injury Association, to understand the impact of brain injury in preparation for his character. He said “I realise that I’m very lucky. It made me see how tough it is for all the family. It affects relationships so much, it is not just about the survivor, it is about the years ahead. Physically, a person can look the same after time but under the surface, the personality can change”.

By bringing such a topic into the limelight, this storyline will raise awareness of this often misinterpreted and down-played type of injury.

If you wish to speak to one of our specialist lawyers please contact Mark Hollinghurst on 01302 380223 or Aisha Ahmed on 01302 308694.

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