Brain Injury Compensation Claims
Head Injury & Brain Injury Compensation Payout settlement values
Head injury is one of the most common forms of personal injury and can range from minor injuries such as concussion to life-threatening conditions such as brain damage.
Serious head injuries can leave victims with lasting damage to the brain, this may also lead to them having to deal with physical problems with their movement and speech. Head injuries can also lead to cognitive impairment for victims which can include symptoms such as poor memory or attention and personality changes. This can put a huge strain on a person’s work, quality of life and even relationships
It is important to choose a specialist personal injury solicitor who is experienced in dealing with head injury compensation claims. One that will build the strongest possible case for you on your behalf and secure the maximum level of compensation for you or a loved one.
What are the common causes of head injuries?
Head injuries can take place in many different environments, such as the workplace, on the road or even from leisure activities. The common causes of head injury include:
- Road Traffic Accidents - impact with collision
- Slips, Trips and Falls - on uneven or slippery surfaces
- Criminal Assault - causing injuries to the head
- Sport Injuries - eg. Boxing, Rugby, Gymnastics, etc
- Workplace injuries
What do the common causes of head injuries at work include?
- Military accidents
- Attacks at work
- Building site accidents
- Crane accidents
- Dangerous practice and procedures
- Injury on dangerous premises
- Inadequate safety equipment eg. Helmet
- Falling objects
- Farm accidents
- Forklift truck accidents
- Inadequate training
- Lack of personal protection equipment
- Ladder accidents
- Machinery accidents
- Manual handling accidents
- Office accidents
- Scaffolding accidents
- Slips, trips and falls
Physiology of a head injury
Despite there being many types of accidents that may lead to a head injury, head injuries itself fall into 2 categories.
An open head injury: This is also known as a ‘penetrating head injury’. This is when the skull is fractured, and subsequently damaging the brain tissue. The most common cause of an open head injury is when a piece of skull bone punctures the brain tissue following a blow to the head and leads to skull fracture.
A closed head injury: This is a more common type of head injury. Although there may be a significant impact to the head, the bones of the skull remain intact, therefore there is no visible wound. This type of head injury can lead to concussion and bleeding in or around the brain.
What are the effects of a head injury?
Head injuries can vary from minor concussions, by which the effects may not last longer than a few days, leading to serious injuries, such as long-term brain damage, which can be life changing. The more severe the head injury, the bigger the chance of long-term damage.
Symptoms for brain injury include, but are not limited to:
- Changes in behaviour
- Loss of memory
- Weakness and/ or paralysis
- Reduced awareness
- Problems in communication
What type of head injury can you claim compensation for?
The amount of compensation you will receive will depend significantly on the long-term pain or disability you have had to suffer as a result of your accident or injury, as well as any of your personal circumstances.
Recognising the form of injury you have sustained, and the way in which it has had an impact on your life, will be vital to the success of your head injury case.
Head injuries can differ in severity as there are different types:
Concussion: Some indications of concussion can consist of brief loss of consciousness, memory loss, confusion and problems with vision. This is the brief loss of mental function or awareness that happens after an injury that is sustained to the head.
Open head injury: These are usually focal, outlining that they impact a specific area of the brain tissue, when something penetrates the skull and enters the brain it is known as an open head injury. This type of injury is particularly serious as it may cause or lead to mental impairment, disability, and even death.
Closed head injury: This is a trauma where by the brain is wounded as a result of a blow to the head. This type of head injury can lead to concussion and bleeding in or around the brain.
Head injury compensation - How much could I claim?
A claim for a head injury, both severe and minor, can be made if it is the result of another person's negligence. Compensation can be awarded to the victim to cover the cost of medical bills, loss of earnings, travel expenses and rehabilitation.
The amount of compensation rewarded for a head wound is based on the severity of the injury and takes into consideration the psychological effect on the victim.
Minor injuries to the head: £1,500 to £8,000
Temporary but significant psychiatric damage and/or distress: £1,000 to £10,000
Temporary but severe psychiatric damage: £10,000
Minor brain damage: (includes Symptoms of memory loss or a reduction in the quality of life): £10,000 to £28,000
Permanent moderate psychiatric damage affecting ability to return to same quality of life as before: £20,000
Chronic fatigue syndrome: £25,000 to £50,000
Permanent and sever psychiatric damage affecting ability to work: £40,000
Permanent and psychiatric damage affected normal life function & leaving a substantial suicide risk: £75,000
Brain damage - moderately severe: £140,000 to £180,000
Severe brain damage causing in little or no language function or need for full time care: £180,000 to £250,000
Every attempt has been made to make all information provided as accurate as possible. The injury claims calculator is intended as a guide only.
The amount of compensation you receive may be considerably more as aspects of special damages have yet still to be considered. Therefore it is important for you to contact us for a full consultation and what you could expect to receive.
What do you need to do to make a head injury compensation claim?
Before starting your head injury claim, you can contact Grieves Solicitors and speak to one of our personal injury specialists.
We will help guide you through the step by step process and the strength of your claim as well as offer you advice on the most appropriate course of action for you to take.
Why choose Grieves Solicitors?
Grieves Solicitors was established by Helen Grieves in 1997. All members of the team have had many years of specialist experience and training in dealing with personal injury claims.
Helen Grieves specialises in dealing with major cases, such as brain injuries, and has helped clients receive up to millions of pounds in compensation. Her expertise in this field will enable you to get the best possible outcome.
Over 98% of our clients have rated our service as excellent or good, as well as 98% whom stated they would use us again or would recommend us to family or friends.
Grieves Solicitors will guide you through every stage of the legal procedure and will keep you informed on the progress of your claim throughout.
Besides dealing with head injury compensation claims, Grieves Solicitors also deal with personal injury claims for injuries to different parts of the body.
We understand that making a claim may seem daunting at first but we are happy to talk over those queries or concerns with you to allow any fears you may have about bringing a compensation claim. We are only too happy to help.
If you, a family member or friend, have suffered a neck injury and require legal advice, get in touch with one of our personal injury solicitors today.
You can call us for free on 0800 182 2168 or fill in our claim form and a member of our team will get back to you.
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What constitutes a brain injury?
Brain injuries are the most frequently treated type of wounds in hospitals due to the range of damage that can be sustained, from minor concussion lasting just a few hours to severe brain injury that can have life-changing consequences. Injuries to the head can leave victims with lasting damage to the brain, brain injuries can leave sufferers with many serious effects and having to deal with physical problems such as movement and speech.
Grieves Solicitors understands the overwhelming impact a serious brain injury can have on your ability to live an independent life. Which is why we help victims in accessing compensation which can help, it can make a big difference in the quality of the victim’s life, funds for rehabilitation and any medical or care provided.
Helen Grieves specialises in dealing with major cases especially that of Brain Injury and has helped clients receive up to millions of pounds in compensation, her expertise in this field will enable you to get the best experience and outcome possible.
Brain injury physiology
Traumatic brain injury: This is a form of brain injury which takes place when a sudden trauma leads to damage to the brain. The most common cause is when a piece of skull bone punctures the brain tissue following a blow to the head and leads to skull fracture.
Traumatic brain injury can occur when the head suddenly or brutally hits an object, or when an object penetrates the skull and enters the brain tissue.
How much could you claim for brain injury compensation?
If you or someone you know has suffered a brain injury in an accident caused by somebody else, compensation could be awarded to help cover medical costs, loss of earnings and changes to the home. Claims are judged on the severity of the injury, recovery time and the lasting effects.
Lesser head injuries: £1,000 to £10,000
Loss of partial brain function lasting up to about five years: £10,000 to £20,000
Brain damage affecting everyday tasks, but not the ability to work: £20,000 to £50,000
Significant brain damage affecting the ability to lead an independent life: £50,000 to £75,000
Permanent and psychiatric damage affected normal life function & leaving a substantial suicide risk: £75,000
Total loss of function and self-awareness: Up to to £125,000
Severe brain damage causing in little or no language function or need for full time care: Up to £150,000
Severe brain injury requiring round the clock care dependency: £150,000 to £300,000
Every attempt has been made to make all information provided as accurate as possible and is intended as a guide only. The Grieves Solicitors injury claims calculator covers general damages, hence why it is important to contact us to know the full extent of what your claim may be worth once special damages have also been considered, as all cases and circumstances differ.
What are the common effects of a brain injury?
Symptoms of a brain injury can sometimes be mild, moderate, or severe. This depends on the extent of the damage to the brain as each case of brain injury can vary.
Common effects of brain injury include, but are not limited to:
- Memory loss
- Fits or seizures
- Confusion, light headedness and dizziness
- Weakness or numbness in the arms and legs
- Repeated vomiting or nausea
- A headache which gets worse or does not go away
- Behavioural or mood changes
- Slurred speech
- Blurred vision or tired eyes
- Fatigue or lethargy
What are the common causes of brain injuries?
- Road traffic accidents.
- Falls from heights.
- Industrial accidents.
- Neurological trauma due to medical negligence.
- Construction accidents.
- Sports accidents.
- Bicycle or pedestrian accidents.
- Motorcycle accidents.
How can I make a successful brain injury claim?
Before starting your head injury claim, you can contact Grieves Solicitors and speak to one of our personal injury specialists. From the beginning of your personal injury claim, our team will work with you, your family and the medical team to ensure the earliest form of recovery and compensation available. We will help guide you through the step by step process and the strength of your claim as well as offer you advice on the most appropriate course of action for you to take.
Grieves Solicitors was established by Helen Grieves in 1997, whom specialises in dealing with serious cases such as that of Brain Injury and has helped clients receive up to millions of pounds in compensation, her proficiency in this field will enable you to get the best outcome possible.
We are pleased to announce that over 98% of our clients have rated our service as excellent or good, as well as 98% whom stated they would definitely use us again and/or would recommend us to family or friends.
If you or someone you know has sustained an injury to the brain and requires legal advice, do not hesitate to contact one of our personal injury solicitors, if you are unable to drop in for a chat you can call us for free on 0800 182 2170 or fill in the claim form.