Head injuries of all kinds can be devastating both for the injured individual and their loved ones.
If you have suffered a head injury as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to make a compensation claim for personal injury.
At First Personal Injury, our head injury lawyers have worked with many individuals and their families over the years, helping them to secure the very best compensation.
A personal injury compensation claim involving a head injury may involve one of the following types of head injury:
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.
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.
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:
In the longer-term, people with an acquired brain injury might also suffer from:
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.
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
|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:
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.
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.
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.
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