There are two kinds of brain injury possible. An Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) which happens when there is damage to the brain that has been present since birth. A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is caused by direct trauma to the head, for example, from a high impact car collision or a blunt instrument being struck on the head.
If you or a loved one have sustained a brain injury in an accident or as a result of negligence, the solicitors at First Personal Injury can help.
Because we deal with all kinds of brain injury compensation claims, including child brain injury claims, our experienced team will be able to advise whether or not you might be able to pursue a claim for compensation.
A very serious brain injury can cause a number of debilitating effects. These include: a total lack of awareness of environment; double incontinence; no language and, in many cases, no quality of life with the requirement for 24-hour care.
A very serious brain injury can be debilitating for an individual and have a range of life-altering effects. These might include:
impaired movement and mobility
Psychological problems are also linked to brain injuries, including personality and depression. These symptoms can often place severe stress on relationships and result in upsetting and distressing circumstances for survivors and their families.
Whether your injury is psychological or physical it is likely that you have suffered an impairment that has been preventative to you in some way. Being compensated for your injury will not put you in the position you were in before your accident but it can go some way in the healing process.
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The financial pressures often associated with a brain injury can be alleviated by compensation. Often, individuals with brain injury require extensive support from medical professionals and specialist equipment. They might even require adaptations to be made to their home following their injury. A successful compensation claim can provide a means of funding these future requirements. Compensation can also reimburse the cost of medical expenses that have been incurred prior to beginning the legal process.
How Are Brain Injury Compensation Amounts Classified?
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As well as wanting to know how much compensation for brain damage, you may also appreciate knowing how your brain injury may be categorised and linked with a compensation amount. The classifications used for brain injuries range from very severe to minor, and some brain injuries can result in epilepsy.
In all personal injury cases, the amount of compensation you receive will be impacted by the degree of insight into an illness or injury you have; your life expectancy is; and how the injury has impressed upon your physical abilities. For people in receipt of the higher end of brain injury compensation, it is likely that there will also be considerable effects on the senses and extreme physical limitations.
The table below demonstrates how compensation claims for brain injuries are classified. Further information on compensation amounts likely to be achieved for brain injury are available via our brain injury compensation calculator:
Level of brain damage
Very severe brain injury usually requiring full time, round-the-clock care for all basic needs and bodily functions.
£224,800 – £322,060
Moderately severe brain injury resulting in the injured party having a significant amount of dependence on others with low physical and cognitive ability. In some cases, there is the possibility of needing further medical treatment in the future.
£174,620 – £224,800
Cases of moderate brain damage, where individuals are reasonably independent.
Significantly impaired intellectual capability and personality change, a risk of epilepsy with no prospect of employment. Sight, speech and sense may be affected too.
£119,650 – £174,620
Moderate brain damage where intellectual capability is not as profoundly affected, but there is an unlikelihood of an injured person working again. There may also be a risk of epilepsy.
£72,300 – £119,650
Moderate brain injury where memory and concentration have been affected, the prospect of work is reduced and there is some risk of epilepsy in the future.
£34,330 – £72,300
Brain injuries that have allowed you to return to normal life and work but have affected your concentration and memory loss. There might also be a risk of epilepsy.
£11,000 – £30,750
Minor brain injuries
The variations within this bracket will depend on how severe your original injury was, how long it has taken you to recover and if you have any continuing symptoms.
£1,760 – £10,180
Established, epileptic Grand Mals
£81,310 – £119,650
(In all epileptic cases it will be considered whether or not you suffer from attacks which are controlled by medication, how long you need medication for, how having to take medication impinges on your life and how your condition affects your working and social life.)
£43,710 – £104,660
Epilepsy manifested by episodes, but without the risk that it will return. How your injury has affected different aspects of your life will be taken into account.
£8,480 – £20,950
First Personal Injury and Headway UK
At First Personal Injury, we are proud to support Headway UK, the brain injury association. The charity works to improve life after brain injury for individuals, their families and carers.
We have been on Headway’s panel of brain injury solicitors for nearly 15 years and regularly fundraise to support the organisation’s important work.
Making Brain Injury Compensation Claims
The lawyers at First Personal Injury lawyers are skilled and experienced in handling brain injury compensation claims. We have a strong and capable team of serious injury solicitors who will handle your claim with consideration and care.
If you would like more information and advice on how much compensation for brain injury you are likely to receive, then please get in touch with First Personal Injury lawyers. Call us today on 0800 808 9740 or contact us online.
*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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