According to statistics from the NHS in England and Wales, approximately 700,000 people visit A&E each year with a head injury of some degree. The majority of these head injuries are classed as minor. However, around 10% will be classed as moderate or severe head injuries. Suffering a serious head injury, especially if it is catastrophic, can have a detrimental effect on a person’s life and the lives of the wider family.
Whether the injury is mild or severe, the associated symptoms, such as headaches, lacerations, or concussion, can often mean taking time off work, attending medical appointments, or even having to give up work altogether. If the injury is more significant the consequences can be devastating resulting in an inability to work and requiring significant care and support.
If you have sustained a head injury as a result of an accident that was not your fault, you may be able to claim compensation. Here at Lanyon Bowdler, we understand how difficult it is when your life is derailed due to an accident, and our team of specialist personal injury solicitors have a wealth of experience in working with people who have suffered all degrees of head injuries. The team prides itself in providing a holistic approach not only helping to obtain financial compensation but also for the trauma they have experienced and provide them with the appropriate rehabilitation, support and assistance.
When you choose Lanyon Bowdler to represent you in your head injury compensation claim, our people become your team. We will work closely with you, taking the time to really listen to you and understand what you are going through. Our compassionate and meticulous approach to your personal injury claim will ensure that we are able to help you receive the support you need, along with maximising the amount of compensation for your circumstances.
Our specialist personal injury team is widely regarded as one of the best in the Midlands. We are members of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, and we are proud to be featured in the lists of approved law firms by Headway - the brain injury association, and the Spinal Injuries Association. So, when you choose Lanyon Bowdler, you can rest assured that you’re in good hands.
Head injuries are typically classified into two main types - open and closed head injuries - depending on whether or not the skull has been penetrated due to the impact.
Closed head injuries include:
Open head injuries include:
Whatever type of head injury you have sustained, we always advise you to seek medical help as soon as possible. Head injuries which are left untreated can lead to long-term complications, including stroke, brain damage, and seizures.
Head injuries are classified based on their cause. A head injury can occur due to a number of different types of accident, in particular at work, road traffic, on private property, or in a public space, or around the home:
Wherever your head injury occurred, if the accident happened through the fault of others you may be entitled to claim compensation, even if you think it is your own fault you may still have a claim. Our team of specialist head injury solicitors can offer the help and advice you need to seek justice and financial compensation for your accident.
If you have sustained an injury to the head, it is always advisable to seek immediate medical attention. In many cases, the head injury is likely to be minor, but it is always best to have it checked by a doctor, in case it is a more severe injury or there are any underlying issues a hospital attendance may be more appropriate.
Mild head injuries typically present symptoms such as:
Severe head injuries typically present symptoms including:
The severity of your head injury will be taken into account when your case is being valued, with more severe injuries typically receiving a higher pay out as they tend to be accompanied by long-term repercussions. If you, or someone in your family, have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, and have experienced any of the above symptoms, please get in touch with us today and our team will be happy to discuss your potential compensation claim and any support and advice you may require.
If you’ve been involved in an accident that has led to you suffering a head injury, your priority is likely to be recovering and getting back on your feet, and compensation may be the furthest thing from your mind. However, making a claim for compensation after a no-fault accident can help you financially whilst you recover, as well as helping to ensure the same thing does not happen to anyone else in the future.
If the accident occurred at work you may be able to make a claim against your employer if it turns out that they were at fault. Making a claim not only ensures that you are financially repatriated for the trauma you have suffered, but it will likely also ensure your employer makes the relevant changes necessary, to prevent anyone else suffering the same fate. For example, if your head injury was caused, or made worse, due to a lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) or a lack of health and safety, your employer should look to rectify this and provide employees with the right equipment and a safe place or system of work in the future.
If your head injury occurred as a result of a slip, trip, or fall in a public space or a supermarket, the chances are someone was liable for ensuring the area was well-maintained and free of hazards. Making a compensation claim against the organisation responsible for your head injury will most likely mean they will carry out further risk assessments and put additional policies and procedures in place, to ensure the ongoing safety of the general public.
However, if it is a serious head injury then the journey to recovery will be more challenging and you are likely to require a more holistic approach, we have a specialist team to assist with catastrophic injuries.
If you are considering making a claim after sustaining a serious head injury but are unsure where to begin, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here at Lanyon Bowdler. Our specialist personal injury lawyers have the knowledge and expertise to help and advise you in claiming the compensation that you deserve.
If you or a member of your family have been involved in an accident and have sustained a head injury there are a number of things that you or your family should do, whether or not you plan to make a claim for compensation, including:
The more information you are able to provide us with at the start of your claim, the easier it will be for our team to assist you in your claim for compensation. If you have any questions at any point, please do get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.
Depending on the severity of the injury, after a head injury it is important to rest and recover before attempting to resume your usual daily routine. This typically means taking time off work, or maybe even giving up your existing job altogether, depending on the severity of your head injury and the nature of your job. As well as taking time away from work you may also incur medical expenses, along with the travel costs to get to different medical appointments. All of these things can place a financial burden on you whilst you heal from the trauma of the accident.
Claiming compensation for your head injury can help to provide you with a financial buffer, allowing you the time and space to recover from your injuries. Where possible we endeavour to obtain early interim payments to assist our clients. We are signatories to the Serious Injuries Guide, and adopt the Rehabilitation Code. We are proactive and enter into early discussions with the other side, to establish funding, a therapy team and rehabilitation route.
When your claim is being assessed, a number of different factors will be taken into consideration, including:
As you can see, a compensation claim is definitely worth pursuing if you were injured in an accident which wasn’t your fault. We understand that no amount of money can make up for what has happened to you, however the financial repatriation you will be awarded can allow you to recover at your own pace and move on with your life.
Yes. As with the majority of personal injury compensation claims, court proceedings should be started within three years of the incident. If the claimant is under the age of 18 at the time of the incident, the time limit for making a claim is extended until their 21st birthday.
If a claim is not brought within the three-year window then a claim can still be brought if permission is granted by the Court, however they will only agree to do this in exceptional circumstances.
Another exception, particularly with head and brain injury claims where the person lacks the capacity to bring about a claim, or to manage their own affairs, is that the three-year time limit does not start to run.
In these circumstances any claim will be brought by their litigation friend. A litigation friend is someone who is able to act in the best interests of the person suffering from the serious brain or head injury.
If you have any questions about your eligibility to claim, please get in touch and our personal injury solicitors will be happy to discuss your situation with you.
If you, or a loved one, has suffered a serious head injury, please give our Personal Injury Lawyers a call for a confidential conversation about how we can help support you with a compensation claim. There is no commitment or charge for our initial assessment. Please contact a member of the team or complete our online inquiry form toward the top of this page on the right-hand side. We can also arrange a home or hospital visit when more convenient.
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