How to file a head injury compensation claim

  • November 10, 2022

If you have suffered a head injury, you may be wondering if you are eligible to make a claim.

If you were in an accident that wasn’t your fault and has since suffered a head injury, you could be eligible to file for compensation.

Head injury solicitors can help you get compensation for injuries to your head that resulted from accidents at work, traffic accidents, slips, and falls or being hit by falling objects. If your head injury was not treated properly, you may also be able to help you file a medical negligence claim.

You may still be able to claim even if you only suffered minor head injuries such as headaches, vision problems, and dizziness.

How long do I have to file a head injury claim?

In general, you have three years to make a head injury claim starting from the date of your injury.

There are some exceptions to this rule. For example, a child may be injured, or the person who was injured can no longer manage their legal affairs because of their injury.

How to choose the right solicitor for your head injury case

When you are claiming any injury, it is crucial to choose the right personal injury solicitor. This is especially important when claiming for head injuries.

If you want to win your case and receive ample compensation, it’s best to hire a head injury lawyer with experience. 

How much will it cost to hire a head injury lawyer?

If you are a part of a trade union, then you might be able to make a head injury compensation through the legal services provided by your union. This service is free, and all of the compensation goes to you. If neither you nor your spouse is a member of the union, there still may be a chance that one of the united organizations your affiliate with can help process the claim; though, this result isn’t guaranteed. The best way forward would be to contact the unions in question to explain your situation and see what they say.

If your claim isn’t eligible to go through a union, you can still make a private claim. 

If your claim is unsuccessful, you won’t have to pay any legal fees. And if it’s successful, the at-fault party’s insurer will usually cover most of the cost. The rest comes out of your compensation as a “success fee.” 

How much money could I receive as compensation for my head injury?

Many potential claimants often wonder how much their head injury claim may be worth. Settlement compensation largely depends on the severity of the blow to the head and brain, as well as what effect it has had – and will have in the future – on your daily living.

The average compensation for head injuries varies depending on the severity of the injury and its long-term effects. 

Here are some examples of head injury compensation cases.

At-work head injury claims

Mr. Prince was a delivery inspection officer at a secure hospital and was injured while on the job one day.

As Mr. Prince was inspecting the contents of a delivery wagon, the driver accidentally let go of the curtains covering the wagon’s opening. The heavy iron bar attached to the curtains then hit Mr. Prince in the head, causing him injury.

He felt nauseous, tired, and experienced pain and blurred vision as soon as he started using the product.

Upon returning to his job, he found that chronic headaches, an inability to concentrate, and out-of-character behavior forced him to cut back his hours significantly.

Mr. Prince was moved between departments and given different tasks over the next two years, but he couldn’t do the work because of his head injury. His employer eventually agreed to retire him on health grounds.

Mr. Prince has not been coping well since the accident. He often experiences dizzy spells and headaches, feels anxious most of the time, can’t sleep or eat properly, is extremely irritable, and struggles to concentrate or socialize. His wife does everything for him and he relies heavily on medication just to get by each day.

He got a comfortable £210,000, which took into account both the initial injury and the long-term effects it had on their life.

Mr. Prince’s case is significant because it demonstrates how critical it is to completely evaluate an injury and its potential future effects before agreeing to settle a claim. If Mr. Prince had only been evaluated for his initial head wound, the monetary compensation he would have received would have been much less than what he deserved.

Filing a personal injury claim after suffering a head injury in a car accident.

A 16-year-old boy, who was not wearing his seatbelt and sitting in the backseat of a car, was injured when the car collided with a lamppost. He was thrown out of the rear window onto the ground.

His injuries were immediately severe and led to multiple skull fractures, a brain hemorrhage, and 10 days in the intensive care unit. There have also been long-term consequences, including an inability to manage his affairs.

Only four months after his accident, he tried to go back to work but soon realized that was impossible because of his concentration problems. He had a series of seizures and was readmitted to the hospital where doctors diagnosed him with memory loss, impaired concentration, lack of confidence, anxiety about travel, anger, frustration, and depression—all symptoms resulting from his head injury.

The end sum of 950,000 pounds took into account his long-term care needs, a reduction in life expectancy due to his condition, and the fact that he will need medication for the rest of his life.

A cyclist’s head injury claim

Mr. Jones came to us after he hurt his head at work and left with £4,000 in compensation.

Mr. Jones was cycling to work when the entrance barrier knocked him off his bike, giving him severe headaches.

Mr. Jones was very pleased with the legal services provided by Thompsons’ Solicitors and said that they would recommend them to anyone he knows who needs help in personal injury cases. He is grateful to both his union, PCS, and Thompsons’ Solicitors for their support throughout his case.