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Head injuries are amongst the most dangerous types of injury that you can suffer. It is surprisingly easy to suffer a head injury; they can occur when you are doing almost anything. You can suffer a head injury in a car accident, in a fall or as the result of a blow to the head. If you do suffer from a head injury then it is vital that you seek specialist legal representation when making a claim for compensation.
What are Head Injuries?
Head injuries are one of the least understood forms of physical damage to the human body. They can manifest physical, mental and emotional problems that can have a lasting effect on a person's life. Physical effects can range from stiffness in the muscles through to seizures, which can be fatal. You can also lose the use of the senses such as sight or hearing. Obviously with these kinds of far-reaching injuries, you may be unable to work again, or at the very least your ability to work will be greatly reduced. It can also have a dramatic effect on your life in general and can put great pressure on your family. All of these things will need to be taken into consideration when making a claim.
How Much for Head Injury Compensation?
If you or a member of your family have been involved in an accident and suffered a head injury, how much compensation are you likely to receive? We look at the different levels of awards and take into account the reasons why some head injury victims receive larger amounts of compensation than others.
Every claim is assessed on its own merits, although when it comes to assessing the amount of compensation for the head injury there are guidelines that solicitors and the courts use to assess the value. In addition, they will also look at other head injury claims that went to a court hearing and the judge decided on the amount of compensation. A combination of both of these methods will allow a solicitor to work out how much compensation you should receive.
Head Injury Compensation Guidelines
The Judicial Studies board publishes the book that gives valuations for the amount of compensation to be awarded. For head injuries, they are currently set out as follows:
- For very severe brain damage the award can range from £155,000 to £220,000
- For moderately severe brain injury the award can range from £120,000 to £155,000
- For moderate severe brain injury the award can range from £23,000 to £120,000
- For minor brain damage the award can range from £8,500 to £23,000
These are very rough guidelines. Your expert head injury claim solicitor will look at all the important factors of your claim to work out the exact value of your claim for you.
In addition to the claim for your injury you can also claim for any expenses you have reasonably incurred as a result of the accident. This could include prescription charges to loss of earnings, the cost of any care and assistance you now require to any special equipment you require for your house or car. Your expert head injury solicitor will help and advise you.
How long do I have to make a claim for compensation?
Usually a claim must be made to a Court within three years of the date of the accident that caused the head injury. However, special rules apply in the cases of children (who can claim up to three years after their 18th birthday) or someone whose injury is so severe that they are incapacitated (in which case they can claim anytime up to three years from the date that they recover capacity to handle their affairs).
Making a Head Injury Claim
Choosing a Head Injury Solicitor
With a specialist head injury solicitor representing you, you will be able to ensure that you claim is taken seriously, is in professional hands, and has the greatest chance of success. A specialist in head injury compensation will also be aware of any long lasting effects that can occur from head injuries and adjust compensation claims amounts accordingly.
Mental problems arising from a head injury are even more complex as they can be difficult to prove. A specialist solicitor will be able to help you prove in court that an accident has had a lasting mental effect. Head injuries can damage long or short term memory functions, the ability to process information as quickly as before the injury or affect your co-ordination and spatial awareness.
Various emotional problems can also manifest as the result of a head injury. Once again these are very difficult to prove as they are intangible and there are no actual physical symptoms. However, for family members they can be amongst the most distressing as the person can change dramatically. Emotional changes can make someone who was previously confident become timid and scared. They can also make someone once friendly and peaceful turn into someone who is argumentative and tense. These changes in personality can be permanent. Once again a specialist solicitor will be aware of these types of symptoms and know how to include these emotional changes in any claim made as a result of a head injury.
Our Experience of Head Injury Claims
Our 1stClams’ solicitors have many years’ experience of head injury claims. They understand all of the issues facing you, from rehabilitation through to returning to work or retraining for work. Their experience includes a huge variety of head injuries, including:
- Bicycle and motorcycle accidents with severe head injuries
- Clients falling from ladders on building sites
- Warehouse accidents - items falling onto our clients whilst being transported by fork lift trucks
- Road accidents including pedestrians being collided with and passengers in cars
Our head injury claims solicitors will take care of your claim so that you can concentrate on your rehabilitation.
Our Head Injury Claim Costs
1stClaims provides a free matching service to you. We will connect you with an expert head injury claims solicitor for no charge to you. We also insist that our solicitors ensure that they discuss your claim with you and explain all funding options to you.
- Career Retraining
- Vehicle Adaptation
- Housing Adaptation
- Early financial payments to help with treatment costs, loss of earnings etc.
It is important to find yourself a competent and respected solicitor who is well versed in dealing with head injuries and how they affect personal injury claims. Not only will they fully understand the immediate problems you face, but will take into account future problems that may occur. They will also be able to offer advice and guide you throughout the claim process.
Can I claim on behalf of someone who has died?
Yes. If a member of your family has died as a result of a head injury you may well be able to make a claim on their behalf. It is important to obtain specialist legal advice as soon as possible. Your 1stClaims head injury solicitor will explain this process to you and represent your interests at the inquest. This is a very specialist area of law and it is important you use a solicitor with experience and expertise. All 1stClaims solicitors have expertise in this area of injury claims.
Can We Help You With Your Head Injury Claim?
1stClaims head injury claims solicitors are chosen by one of our directors (a personal injury solicitor for 14 years himself) because of their expertise. If you ask one of our solicitors to help you, you can be confident that you will be well taken care of. If you would like 1stClaims' expert Head Injury Solicitors to help you please call us free on 0800 2888 693 or complete our Free Head Injury Claim Enquiry form now and we will be in touch with you very soon. For more information regarding medical negligence in general please click here.
Remember, all initial enquiries are completely free of charge, you will be allocated an expert Head Injury Solicitor.
We are here to help you from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday,
8.30am to 6pm on Saturday and 9am to 6pm on Sundays.
What Happens Next?
Complete a Quick Claim Enquiry and this is what you will benefit from:
- Advice on whether you can make a claim and how the claims process works from a specialist claims solicitor;
- Compensation - what can you claim for and how much are you likely to receive;
- Costs - whether you will qualify for a no win no fee claim or details of other methods for funding your claim; and
- An explanation of what will happen next if you decide to carry on and make a claim (how your solicitor will take care of everything for you).
All on a free, no obligation Quick Claim Enquiry Advice Call.
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Why Choose Us for Your Head Injury Claim?
- We hand select only the best head injury solicitors to help you
- Completely free, no obligation initial enquiries
- Your solicitor chosen by experts with 12 years of claims experience