When a head injury is known as an ‘acquired’ head injury or brain injury, it means that it is an injury or damage to your head or brain that has been caused by a trauma, as opposed to a head or brain injury you have had since birth.
Open head injuries are caused when pressure is applied to the head, causing a fracture or displacement of the skull. They are a serious form of brain injury and can result in permanent brain damage.
Closed head injury
A closed head injury doesn’t affect the skull in any way. They are normally caused by blows to the head and can occur following road traffic collisions, falls and assaults.
Concussion, brain contusion (bruises to the brain) and diffuse axonal injury (where nerves in the brain are permanently damaged) are common types of closed head injury.
Effects of a head injury
In some cases, it is not immediately apparent that the individual has suffered an injury, as symptoms can be delayed. If you have had an accident involving in a blow to the head, you may experience the following symptoms:
Feelings of confusion or trouble communicating
A headache that doesn’t go away after taking Paracetamol
Fits, seizures or collapse
Loss of use of a part
Blood or clear fluid leaking from the nose or ear
In the longer-term, people with an acquired brain injury might also suffer from:
Poor memory and concentration
Problems with planning and organising
Difficulty in solving problems
Fatigue or anger issues
Behavioural changes or difficulties in performing day-to-day tasks
Distress or a lack of motivation
Can you claim head injury compensation?
To make a compensation claim for head injury, the accident that caused your injury must have happened within the last three years (provided you are over the age of 18). Your accident must also have been caused by the negligence of another party.
How much compensation am I likely to receive for a head injury?
The amount of compensation you may be entitled to will be dependent on a number of factors including the severity of your head injury. The severity of your injury will be determined from use of medical reports prepared by a medical expert.
Because every case is different, it is difficult to give an accurate estimation of how much compensation you could claim. However, our compensation calculator below gives you a guide to the amount of compensation you may receive for your injury alone.
Level of head injury
Traumatic brain injury leading to very severe brain damage (potentially reducing life expectancy, affecting the ability to communicate and resulting in a serious disability)
£224,800 – £322,060
Moderate to severe brain injury
£174,620 – £224,800
Moderate brain damage (the level of damages will depend on recovery, ongoing symptoms and the effect on the individual)
£34,330 – £174,620
Less severe brain damage
£12,210 – £34,330
Minor brain/head injury (the level awarded will depend on whether there are any ongoing symptoms)
£1,760 – £10,180
The figures are for injury only. In addition to claiming for injury, you may also be able to claim for financial losses sustained as a result of the accident. These may include loss of earnings if you have had to take time off work or medical expenses.
Following your accident, it’s vital to contact personal injury solicitors with experience in this area of the law. Advice will then be provided on the chances of success of the claim and the potential levels of compensation.
Your team of solicitors will obtain a medical report on your behalf. This will provide details as to the extent of your injuries and what the future looks like for your symptoms including any relevant treatment you may require. Your solicitor will use the report to estimate the value of your injury.
A compensation claim brought on your behalf by your team of solicitors will consist of the following:
Compensation for pain, suffering and loss of amenity
The first part of any compensation award (the general damages) is purely for your injury. It will be valued depending on the severity of your injury and based upon Court guidelines and previous case law of similar accidents.
Compensation for financial losses
While pursuing a compensation claim will not take away the distress and pain associated with head injury, doing so can help to make the process of dealing with such an injury a little easier. Compensation can be used to help meet the costs of any expenses you have incurred, pay for ongoing treatments and medical assistance.
This part of your compensation claim is known as your special damages. It will depend upon the individual circumstances of your case and will include all the financial losses you may have suffered for example medical costs, loss of earnings or the cost of any modifications to your home.
Head Injury Claims with First Personal Injury
At First Personal Injury. we have has built up a reputation across the United Kingdom for our approach to accident and personal injury claims. Over the last 25 years, we have worked with individuals and their loved ones who have suffered a head injury and continually exceed our clients’ expectations.
Whether your relative has sustained a traumatic brain injury or you have suffered a minor head injury at work, our expert solicitors can help you.
*Please note – With regards to No Win No Fee - In limited circumstances, fees may be charged when your accident claim is not successful. These specific limited circumstances will be explained to you by your Solicitor.
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