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Head Injury Claims Solicitors

Legal experts in dealing with a Head Injury Claim or a Brain Injury Claim

Suffering from the effects of a head injury or brain injury can have a devastating effect on you and your family’s lives.

If your head injury or brain injury was the result of someone else’s neglect or negligence, then you may be entitled to a compensation award. A compensation settlement for a head injury is awarded to pay for any financial losses and pain and suffering you may have experienced as the result of your injury.

At Ringrose Law, our injury solicitors will support you any way they can. They will do more than just provide legal advice and process your claim. With the help of medical experts and contacts, they can advise on the best rehabilitation for your injury.

 

How do head injuries happen?

Research shows that on average 125,000 people each year suffer a head injury or brain injury, which require hospital admission. Head and brain injuries can arise in many ways:-

Our lawyers are very experienced in handling head injury and brain injury claims. These claims can often be complex and time-consuming.

But the team handle such claims on a daily basis. Therefore you can be confident that your head injury claim will be in good hands.

Our aim is to ensure that we achieve what you want. You will always come first.

What type of head injuries can I claim for?

The severity of head injuries can vary massively. But regardless of the severity, a head injury can have a serious impact on the quality of life that someone can face. Even a minor injury could cause different types of brain injuries such as memory loss, headaches or problems with vision.

 


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Mild Head Injury or Concussion

A concussion is the most common type of head injury. Usually caused as a result of a blow or impact to the head. Often they happen due to falls, road accidents, assaults or sports accidents.

Most mild head injuries or concussions do not have any long-term damage to the brain. However, it is possible to suffer from them for up to a few weeks.

Usual symptoms include; headaches, dizziness, a feeling of being sick, memory loss, problems with balance, confusion and issues with vision. You may also suffer from uncharacteristic behaviour such as sudden mood swing or irritability.

It is often thought that a loss of consciousness is a sign of a concussion. However, only about 10% of people who suffer from a concussion actually lose consciousness.

Open head injury

An open head injury a serious injury that is defined as an injury that penetrates the skull. Also known as a penetrating injury, an open head injury involves a foreign object passing through the skull and entering the brain tissue.

Suffering from an open head injury can have a significant impact on your quality of life. From impacting your quality of speech or your memory to causing permanent disability and mental impairment.

Injuries from an open head injury are very focused. As a result, the damage to the brain can also be very focused. Meaning that any long-term effects could be focused on a particular or specific brain function.

This makes open head injuries very varied. It is likely the injuries sustained are unique to the victim.

Closed head injury

A closed head injury is an injury to the brain that happens without the skull being fractured. Instead, a closed head injury is usually caused as the result of trauma to the brain. Typically they are caused as the result of a blow to the head or a violent, sudden, action that causes the brain to shake inside the skull.

Also known as a diffuse brain injury, they can impact several areas throughout the brain. Or they can be more focused, impacting just one area.

Closed head injuries can be a very serious injury and the effects long-lasting. Serious injuries as a result of these type of brain injuries may include permanent disability and mental impairment.

Is there a time limit to claim compensation?

The general rule is that there is a three-year time limit to start court proceedings for a personal injury claim. The time limit begins from the date the incident happened or when symptoms were first noticed.

However, there are exceptions to making a claim in this time limit. These exceptions are:

  • The injured person is under the age of 18. In these cases, a claim has to be made before their 18th birthday.
  • The incident caused the injured person to suffer a mental disability. In these cases, the time limit does not apply until, or if, the injured person has recovered from their mental disability.

Because personal injury cases can be very complex, it is important to instruct a solicitor as soon as possible. This allows for as much time as possible to investigate the matter, gather the evidence and negotiate the compensation award.

Can a family member, partner or carer make a claim?

Due to their injuries, the injured person may not be able to make a claim themselves. Fortunately, it is possible for a family member, partner or carer to start a claims process for the injured person. This means you can make a claim for compensation if your loved one has suffered from brain injuries.

This person will need to be able to evidence that they are the primary caregiver for the injured person.

To start a head injury claim on behalf of someone else, contact our personal injury legal team today to start a free initial consultation.

How much compensation can I get for a head injury?

Head injury claims can be complex. The injuries sustained and the impact on the quality of life will vary hugely in each case.

To provide an accurate estimate, we would need to know the individual circumstances of the injuries and the incident that caused them. Without these, it can be difficult to provide an estimate of the amount of compensation you could get.

The scale you could be award depends heavily on the type of injuries and effects of the injuries. For example, in cases with minor head injuries, our law firm has secured compensation claims in the thousands of pounds. Meanwhile, for serious life-changing injuries, we have secured much larger compensation claims.

No upper limits of compensation exist for head injuries. The amount you can be awarded will depend on the extent of the damages.

To get an accurate estimate of the amount of compensation you could be awarded, contact our personal injury team for a free consultation.

What does the compensation award cover?

Head injury compensation claims are designed to cover any financial expenses that you have, or will, occur as the result of your injuries. Furthermore, they will also compensate you for any pain or suffering you have sustained.

The main purpose of the compensation claim tries and return you to the same quality of life as before the accident, or as close as possible.

A personal injury compensation claim is usually made up of three parts. These are:

 

General Damages

This area covers compensation for any pain or suffering sustained. It will also take into account any impact on quality of life. For example, if a keen sports player is unable to play as a result of their injury.

Courts will often calculate this based on previous cases.

 

Special Damages for Past Losses

This area aims to provide compensation for any financial losses that occurred since the injury. For example; travel expenses, medical treatment, changes to the property, cost of any additional healthcare.

This will be calculated as expenses already sustained.

 

Special Damages for Future Losses

This area looks at the future financial impact of the result of the injuries. For example, it could explore any future income losses that might happen if the injured person could not perform the same job as previous.

This could include any future job promotions or careers opportunities that are now lost. It could also cover any future healthcare provisions that will be required.

This is calculated on many factors including the claimants’ ability to work.

How can Ringrose Law help me?

Initially, you can claim a free assessment of any head injury claim.

During this assessment, a member of our personal injury team will discuss your injuries and the circumstances around them.

If you are eligible to make a claim and are happy for us to take it on, our first step will be to seek to secure early rehabilitation for you.

The next step will be to ensure those at fault for your injury, admit responsibility.

Following this, we will organise the best medical evidence to support your claim for compensation. This will involve using highly experienced experts from across the country.

We will then seek to settle your head injury claim. But only when it is right to do so. This is so we can ensure that we achieve maximum compensation for you.

All of this is done with you and your choices at the forefront of our minds.

For other help and support you might also like to visit www.headway.org.uk ; www.ukabif.org.uk for independent advice and information.

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    A head injury is a type of personal injury. Therefore, a Head Injury Claim is the name given to compensation awarded for people who have sustained an injury as a result of someone else’s negligence.

     

    If the head injury was caused as a result of someone else’s negligence, then you may be entitled to a compensation award.

    Other factors and circumstances may apply. Contact our Personal Injury team for a free initial consultation. During the consultation, the personal injury team will ask questions to work out if you have a claim.

    The amount you will be awarded will change depending on the injuries.

    Minor head injuries can be worth £1,000 to £10,000 and above. For more serious head injuries, there are no upper limits. Therefore payouts can reach hundreds of thousands of pounds.

    Starting a personal injury compensation claim is easy. Simply arrange a free initial consultation with our team and we’d talk you through the steps.

    Your personal injury solicitor will help you build up the evidence for your case.

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