Head or brain injury compensation claims
Our Personal Injury Solicitors deal with head and brain injury compensation claims on a No Win No Fee basis.
We offer a free head injury claim assessment service to help you understand if there’s a reasonable chance of your claim being successful.
Our Personal Injury Solicitors know from many years of experience that early medical treatments and rehabilitation support are crucial for victims of a head or brain injury. In many cases we can quickly arrange for an independent medical assessment of both the head injuries and the victims' rehabilitation or long-term care needs.
In most cases we can also arrange for an immediate needs assessment to enable the injured person to return to their home as soon as possible, with alterations made to their car and home environment where appropriate.
Types of brain injury claims
As well as brain injuries resulting from accidents, there are also types of medical negligence claim that involve brain injuries. These include claims relating to the diagnosis and treatment of sub-arachnoid haemorrhages, subdural haematomas, strokes, aneurysms and meningitis.
Common types of brain injury include:
- hypoxic brain injury (when the brain doesn't get enough oxygen)
- traumatic brain injury, such as concussion (when an external force causes injury to the brain and impairs brain function)
- acquired brain injury (a brain injury that has been caused since birth)
- penetrating injury or open head injury (when the head is penetrated by a bullet, knife, or other sharp object)
- shaken baby syndrome, also known as abusive head trauma (caused by the excessive shaking of a young child)
- contusion (a bruise or bleeding in the brain caused by an impact or jolt to the head)
Depending on the cause of the brain injury, brain function can be temporarily or permanently impaired. Common problems following brain injury include fatigue, depression, memory problems, language problems, concentration problems, personality changes, reduction in mobility, weakness, paralysis and epilepsy.
Types of head injury claims
Head injuries can usually be categorised into two main types; either open or closed head injuries. These are the two main types of head injuries that people suffer and make head injury compensation claims for.
Closed head injuries occur when the victim suffers an impact to the head, causing a head trauma but leaving the skull intact. Open head injuries, or penetrating head injuries, occur when an impact breaks the skull and an object penetrates the brain. This could happen during a serious road traffic accident, an accident at work, a fall from height, or as the result of an assault.
Common head injury symptoms might include wounds to the scalp and skull, a concussion, and brain tissue damage, such as a haemorrhage or haematoma.
Brain and head injury compensation claims process
The main purpose of brain or head injury compensation is to, as far as possible, put the injured person back in the position they would have been in had the negligence not happened. Typical factors that affect the amount of compensation awarded are:
- the severity of injury to the brain
- whether the injury is permanent
- whether further medical treatment is required
- impact of the injury, such as loss of independence, current and future care and rehabilitation needs
- ability to return to work
- loss of earnings, income and any other financial losses
Every brain or head injury claim is unique. As part of each head trauma injury claim that we take on, your Medical Negligence Solicitor will investigate what amount of compensation, in addition to compensation for the injury, should be recovered for the injured person's suffering.
Whist it is often not possible to completely put things right for someone who has suffered a serious head or brain injury, measures can be taken to reduce the impact of these injuries, such as:
- assistance from independent medical experts
- carefully thought out adaptations to home and work environments
- rehabilitation treatment
- care packages
These measures can often help to improve the injured person's quality of life and restore a level of independence.
When we take on a head injury claim
We will take steps to enable your medical condition to be assessed by a medical expert as soon as possible.
We will assemble the evidence and supporting information and prepare the head or brain trauma claim.
We calculate the amount of head injury compensation and damages that the victim should receive.
Head injury claims are often complex and may take a long time to resolve. Serious injury claims often involve significant damages to compensate the victim for the losses incurred, plus medical treatment and rehabilitation assistance in both the short and long term. It is vital that the amount of compensation secured will provide for the victims' future needs.
We negotiate with the other side to secure an admission of liability (fault). If the other side deny liability for causing the injuries we can litigate (sue them) to secure a fair compensation settlement. If going to Court becomes necessary, our expert Solicitors and Litigation Lawyers have many years' experience and can also call upon specialist Barristers when required.
The cost of rehabilitation after brain injury
Where a brain injury has been caused by an accident or negligent medical treatment, and a personal injury claim is being made, then rehabilitation will be a priority for the injured person.
When making a personal injury claim for brain injury, the compensation that is awarded to the injured person will cover the cost of rehabilitation. Where possible, an agreed plan to meet those rehabilitation costs should be put in place. That will usually involve obtaining interim payments on account from the insurers of the responsible person, identifying a case manager to work with the injured person, and arranging for a case plan to identify the injured person's needs.
The provision of a long term care plan, with appropriate support for the injured person and their family, is crucial in ensuring the best outcome for a person suffering from a brain injury. It is vital that their needs are assessed and addressed as soon as possible to maximise the chances of recovery. Obtaining the necessary financial means to provide that support should be a priority in the process of any claim made on behalf of the injured person.
We can also work to ensure the cost of rehabilitation is included within a compensation settlement, to help support the victim and their family during the recovery process.
No win no fee head and brain injury claims
When your personal injury claim is handled by Co-op Legal Services there will be no nasty surprises. Our No Win No Fee agreements mean that if your claim is unsuccessful, there is no financial risk to you as all your legal fees are covered*.
Our Personal Injury Solicitors and Litigation Lawyers are experts in handling life-changing injury claims and understand that head and brain injuries affect both the victim and the people closest to them. The need to establish a lasting relationship built upon a good understanding of the injured person's needs, and those of family and carers, is critical to our approach at Co-op Legal Services.
* Subject to entering into and complying with the terms of a No Win No Fee Agreement and taking out and complying with the terms of an After The Event insurance policy (when appropriate).
About Co-op Legal Services
As part of the largest Co-operative organisation in the UK, Co-op Legal Services works to ensure that our clients receive the best legal advice and support services available from our teams of personal injury and clinical negligence solicitors, legal executives and staff.
Co-op Legal Services has over 600 staff working in different businesses with offices in Manchester, Bristol, Stratford-upon-Avon, Sheffield and London.