Head Injury Claims Solicitors – No Win, No Fee
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Head injury claims solicitors are specialist personal injury solicitors that can assist victims who have suffered a head or brain injury due to an accident or negligence.
Understandably, victims who have suffered a head injury can be overwhelmed when adapting to their new way of life following their injuries. Our specialist solicitors work hard to take some of the stress away from our clients by overseeing the claims process and working hard to obtain the best settlement for our clients.
Head injuries can occur in many unfortunate circumstances and can range in severity, and some can even lead to fatalities.
If you or one of your loved ones has suffered a brain injury and are looking to claim on their behalf, then our experienced head and brain injury lawyers at Beacon Law are highly equipped to assist you with the process. Our head injury claims solicitors offer their services on a no win no fee basis, so please get in touch with our team today to find out how we can assist you.
Types of head injuries
There are many different types of head and brain injuries a person can suffer following an accident or negligence. Below are just some of the more common examples:
- Concussion: A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), a type of acquired brain injury that typically occurs due to a blow to the head or a sudden jolt or shake. Concussions can cause temporary cognitive, physical, and emotional symptoms such as headache, dizziness, confusion, memory problems, and sensitivity to light and noise. Most people recover fully from concussions with proper rest and medical guidance.
- Contusion: A contusion refers to a bruise on the brain’s surface. It is usually caused by a direct impact on the head, such as in a car accident or a fall. Contusions can result in localised bleeding, swelling, and damage to the brain tissue, potentially leading to neurological symptoms.
- Skull Fracture: A skull fracture is a break or crack in the skull bone. It can occur due to significant trauma, such as a forceful blow to the head. Skull fractures can vary in severity, ranging from hairline fractures to more severe fractures that penetrate the skull and potentially cause brain damage.
- Hematoma: A hematoma refers to a collection of blood outside the blood vessels. In the context of head injuries, two common types of hematomas are epidural hematomas and subdural hematomas.
- Diffuse Axonal Injury (DAI): DAI is a severe brain injury that occurs due to the brain’s rotational forces during high-impact accidents, such as car crashes or shaken baby syndrome. It involves widespread damage to nerve fibres in the brain, leading to a disruption of brain function. DAI can result in coma, persistent vegetative state, or other long-term impairments.
- Penetrating Injury: A penetrating head injury occurs when an object enters the skull and damages the brain tissue. These injuries are often severe and can have long-lasting effects on cognitive and physical functioning.
It’s important to note that any head injury, regardless of type or apparent severity, should be evaluated by a medical professional to determine the appropriate treatment and monitoring required.
Common causes of head injuries
Head and brain injury claims usually arise as the result of many types of accidents. Some of the most common accidents causing these types of injuries include:
- Slips, trips and falls
- Being struck by a falling object
- Falls from height at work
- Medical negligence
- Road traffic accidents
- Various accidents whilst playing or watching sports
- Various types of accidents at work, particularly those on construction sites, factories, or those which require PPE.
Who can make a claim for a head injury?
Anyone who has suffered a head injury as a result of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing can potentially make a claim for compensation.
If you have sustained a head injury and can demonstrate that it was caused by another party’s negligence or intentional actions, you may be eligible to make a claim. This applies to adults, minors, and individuals with legal guardians or representatives.
If a minor child has suffered a head injury, parents or legal guardians can typically pursue a claim on their behalf. This ensures that children who are unable to make legal decisions on their own are still able to seek compensation for their injuries.
Additionally, In cases where a head injury has resulted in the death of the injured person, their dependents or family members may be able to make a claim for wrongful death, seeking compensation for the loss of financial support, companionship, and other related damages.
It’s important to consult with a specialist brain injury solicitor who focuses on head injury cases to evaluate the specific circumstances of your situation. Our head injury claims solicitors can provide guidance on whether you have valid grounds to bring a claim and help you navigate the legal process to seek appropriate compensation for your head injury.
What is the process of making a claim?
During your initial consultation, our team of personal injury solicitors will provide you with comprehensive advice regarding your head injury claim and inform you about the relevant limitation rules that apply.
Our experienced lawyers will request detailed information about your accident and the specific brain and head injuries you sustained as a result. This information will enable our injury lawyers to assess the likelihood of a successful claim on your behalf.
Examples of the information our lawyers may require include the location, date, and time of the accident, a description of the nature of your brain and head injuries, details of any witnesses to the incident, information about the defendant involved, and a thorough understanding of the circumstances surrounding the accident.
During the initial stages of your compensation claim, it is crucial to gather relevant evidence to support your brain injury case. This evidence may consist of CCTV footage of the incident, medical records documenting your injuries, photographic evidence of the harm suffered, and statements from witnesses.
In some cases, your personal injury solicitor may recommend undergoing an official medical examination to obtain detailed medical reports specifically related to your brain injuries. These reports will serve as vital medical evidence, providing a comprehensive understanding of the nature and extent of your injuries. Even if you have received prior medical care, a thorough assessment will help ensure accurate and reliable medical reports for your claim.
If we determine that your head injury claim is likely to succeed, we will offer to proceed with your case on a no win no fee basis. This means that if your claim is unsuccessful, you will not be required to pay any legal fees.
Once your claim is filed, the defendant will be notified, and they will have the opportunity to accept or deny liability for your injuries. If liability is accepted, negotiations for a settlement will commence. However, if the defendant denies liability, court proceedings may be necessary to resolve the dispute.
How much compensation could you receive?
Determining the amount of compensation for a head injury claim is a complex process and depends on various factors specific to the case. Compensation amounts are influenced by factors such as the severity of the injury, the impact on the individual’s life and earning capacity, medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, and the long-term consequences of the injury.
Compensation is typically split into the following categories:
- General Damages: These damages aim to compensate for the pain, suffering, and loss of amenity caused by the head injury. The severity and long-term effects of the injury are significant factors in determining the general damages awarded.
- Special Damages: Special damages cover the quantifiable financial losses incurred due to the head injury. This includes medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, loss of earnings (both past and future), expenses related to care and support, and any necessary adaptations to the individual’s living arrangements.
It’s important to note that there is no fixed amount of compensation for a head injury claim, as each case is unique. The final compensation amount will be influenced by the specific circumstances and the evidence presented in the case. Our head injury claims solicitors will also advocate for interim payments for our client’s to cover any immediate costs, such as medical treatment and travel expenses.
What are the time limits for making a claim?
In the UK, there are specific time limits, known as limitation periods, for making a head and brain injury compensation claim. These time limits are set out in the Limitation Act 1980. The general time limit for personal injury claims, including head injury claims, is three years from the date of the accident or from the date when the injured person became aware of their injury and its connection to the accident.
However, it’s important to note that there are some exceptions and variations to the general limitation period. These exceptions include the following:
- Minors: If the head injury claim involves a person who was under the age of 18 at the time of the accident, the three-year limitation period does not begin until their 18th birthday. In such cases, a claim can be made at any time before the person turns 21.
- Mental Capacity: If the injured person lacks the mental capacity to make legal decisions, there is no time limit for making a claim. The limitation period only starts when the person regains capacity.
- Time Extensions: In exceptional circumstances, the court has the discretion to extend the limitation period. This typically occurs in cases where the nature of the injury or the circumstances make it difficult for the injured person to pursue a claim within the standard time frame.
How can Beacon Law assist?
Our team of head injury claim solicitors are highly experienced and capable of assisting clients on a wide variety of cases. We work tirelessly to achieve the best outcome for our clients, continually providing a high standard of service.
Beacon Law is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. To find out more about our no win, no fee claims funding and legal fees, please have a look at the funding section on our website.
If you have suffered a head injury at the fault of someone else, then please contact us today at 0330 1332 857 to start your claim or complete our contact form at the top of the page to request a call back from a member of our personal injury team.