I’ve suffered a head or brain injury, could I make a claim?
There are many possible causes of head and brain injuries, and if the causation of a head or brain injury is deemed to have occurred due to the fault of another party, the individual may be able to claim for compensation.
The causes of head and brain injuries can vary, though the most common causes include road traffic accidents, assaults, falls and accidents at work. According to Headway, road crashes are a common cause of head injury, with between 40% and 50% of all brain injuries due to the person being involved in a crash (2)
However, not all causes can mean you could claim compensation for your head or brain injury. If your head or brain injury solely occurs due to an illness, such as a stroke or a tumour, it is unlikely that you would be able to make a claim. But, if a brain or head injury was sustained in an accident where someone else is considered legally liable or legally at fault, you may be able to make a claim.
Out of all types of injury, those that involve trauma to the head and specifically to the brain, can be among the most devastating. Injuries to the head and brain can alter an individual’s psychology and speech, create issues with mobility and independence and impact relationships with loved ones. In many severe cases, head and brain injuries can result in permanent disability and can sometimes be fatal.
Unfortunately, head and brain injuries can be incredibly common. The UK’s brain injury association, Headway, report that there were 566 admissions per 100,000 of the population in 2013/14.
How much can I expect to receive in compensation for a head or brain injury?
Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer as each and every head or brain injury case is unique. However, your assigned legal expert at Birchall Blackburn Law will work to secure the right compensation for your specific needs.
We will instruct a medical professional who specialises in head injuries to outline your injuries and what the future is likely to hold for your symptoms. This will give us an indication of any rehabilitation, services and support that you might need to help you live with your injury, which may form part of your claim outcome.
Our legal specialists will also look at any financial losses you may have incurred because of your head or brain injury – such as loss of income, medical, rehabilitation and travel expenses – as well as the pain and suffering that you have endured because of your head or brain injury. In some cases, we will be able to offer interim payments to help with any immediate costs.
Once we have this information, we will have a clearer understanding of how much your claim may be worth. You can also be assured that we will reassess and communicate with you or your family members at every stage of your claims process, so that any changes to your injury or symptoms can be addressed through the claim and you understand each aspect of your case.
How long do I have to make a head or brain injury claim?
As with most claims, you must make your head or brain injury claim within three years of the incident that caused the injury. It’s important that you contact us as soon as possible so that you are able to avoid the legal deadline and get the early rehabilitation that you require.
Evidence has shown that the brain has a remarkable capacity for re-learning many skills that have been lost – even people with severe injuries can often make a reasonable recovery (2). It’s vital that early rehabilitation is granted to offer hopes of an optimistic outcome.
What services can Birchall Blackburn Law offer me?
Our team of approachable experts have more than 30 years’ experience in this area of law and we understand that this is a difficult time for those that have been affected by a head or brain injury. That’s why our serious injury specialists can guarantee the following:
- A qualified specialist solicitor will lead your case.
- Your assigned legal expert will visit you at home or in a familiar place to suit you and your family.
- We will assess your immediate needs as quickly as possible, including any financial obligations so that you are not left out of pocket.
- That we will handle your claim as part of a professional network of experts, including legal case managers, doctors, nurses and physiotherapists.
- We will help you organise and facilitate private rehabilitation treatment.
- Award you a dedicated legal team of professional, understanding and compassionate people with a proven track record of handling brain and head injury cases.
- Be easily contactable and always approachable.
- Support your whole family and provide you with updates at every stage.
- Help you access Government benefits you may be entitled to.
Why should I come to Birchall Blackburn Law?
When you choose to instruct one of our head injury legal specialists, you will have the reassurance that your claim will be handled by someone that is experienced in the field and compassionate to your needs. We are accredited by Headway, Cbit, UKABIF and BASIC, and are also Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) senior litigators and Law Society Personal Injury Panel members, to give you peace of mind.
Our extensive experience has enabled us to deal with the very human concerns of head and brain injuries, approaching our clients situation with continuous understanding and empathy. Our team will deliver a dedicated legal service that is specific to you and your experience, so that you are able to focus on looking to the future with hope and confidence.
How much will it cost to make a head or brain injury claim?
It is important to remember that there should be no up-front costs for making a head or brain injury claim. You should never be out of pocket – whether the case is successful or not.
That’s why we are able to work on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis, which is also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This means that you will only pay for your legal fees if your claim is successful. If your head or brain injury claim is successful, the legal fees incurred will usually be taken from the compensation that you are awarded and not from you personally.
You can call us for advice with no-obligation on 0800 988 1548 and one of our specialist legal team will be happy to explain all of the funding options we can offer you.
To make a head or brain injury claim for yourself or on behalf of a family member, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our dedicated team of specialist solicitors who are on hand to help you every step of the way. Call us on 0800 988 1548.