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Concussion Injury Compensation Claims

Concussion Injury Compensation Claims

 

Duncan Lewis Personal Injury Solicitors for Concussion Injury Claims

 

No Win No Fee Claims for Concussion Injury Compensation

 

Duncan Lewis is one of the UK’s leading firms of personal injury and Legal Aid solicitors – and can advise on how to make a no win no fee compensation claim for concussion injury which occurred as a result of someone else’s negligence (employer), recklessness (motorist) or criminal activity (assault).

 

What is Concussion Injury?

 

Concussion results after a trauma to the head – for example, an impact to the head in a road traffic accident (RTA), head injury after a sports accident, injury after a blow to head in an accident or criminal assault – or even a DIY accident in which a blow to the head occurs.

 

Concussion symptoms can be mild, moderate or severe. The first 24 hours following a head injury can be crucial, as a concussion patient’s condition can deteriorate rapidly even if they appear unharmed after a blow to the head, so seek medical help.

 

Symptoms of concussion are:

  • Balance problems (unable to walk, stand)
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Lethargy
  • Memory loss
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Speech impairment (unable to speak/understand, garbled speech, shouting, swearing)
  • Visual disturbance (double vision, seeing stars)
  • Unconsciousness (or lapsing in and out of consciousness).

Concussion may accompany a fractured skull – the signs of a fractured skull are blood or clear liquid in the ears or nose and urgent medical help must be sought in these cases.

 

Even mild concussion symptoms may mask injuries such as a fractured skull (including vertical fracture) or blood clot.

 

Delays in treating head/brain injury can be catastrophic so always seek medical help.

 

Sometimes patients with brain injury or concussion may appear drunk, so do not always assume someone staggering around or stretched out on the pavement is intoxicated, especially if they have fallen and might have sustained a blow to the head.

 

Making a claim for Concussion Injury

 

Concussion injuries can take time to recover from – and may leave some short-term or long-term impairment such as memory problems or headaches.

 

Accidents which concussion injury claims can be made for include:

  • Assault
  • Falls/falls from height
  • Holiday accidents
  • Industrial accidents
  • Medical negligence (falls in hospital, misdiagnosis, wrong treatment)
  • MoD Claims
  • Nursery/school/college accidents
  • Police officers injured at work
  • Public liability accidents (accidents in public places)
  • Road traffic accidents (RTAS)
  • Slips and trips
  • Sports accidents
  • Work-related injury.
How long do I have to claim for Concussion Injury?

 

Compensation claims for concussion fall under the area of law known as personal injury.

 

Personal injury claimants usually have three years from the date of the injury to make a claim for compensation. Criminal Injury Claims for concussion have to be made within two years, however.

 

Claims can sometimes be made outside the three-year limitation period – and minors have three years from the age of 18 to make a claim.

 

Because of the limitation period for personal injury claims, it is important to seek legal advice from Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitors as soon as possible if you are injured with concussion.

 

Family members can call Duncan Lewis for advice on making a claim if a loved one has been badly injured with concussion and is still recovering.

 

How much Compensation can I Claim for Concussion?

 

Compensation for Concussion Injury includes:

  • General Damages for pain, suffering and loss of amenity
    The exact amount will be assessed according to the extent of injury, estimated recovery time and rehabilitation needed – and whether further medical treatment or even lifelong care is needed in the case of severe brain injury after concussion.
  • Special Damages to cover medical fees and out-of-pocket expenses
    Expenses might include physiotherapy, loss of earnings, travel expenses to hospital or damage to personal items. In more serious cases leading to permanent brain injury, ongoing care, loss of future salary and pension or adaptations to your home would be included.
Who pays the Compensation for Concussion Claims?

 

The insurer of the company liable for the injury usually settles concussion injury compensation claims – for example an employer’s insurer, the insurer of a motorist who caused a road traffic accident, or the insurer of a tour operator if you are making a Holiday Accident & Illness Claim for concussion injury.

 

If you sustained a concussion injury as a result of assault, a claim can be made under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme – and a no win no fee claim can also be made for compensation.

 

MoD claims for concussion can be settled under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme – and a no win no fee claim for concussion injury can also be made.

 

Will I have to go to court to claim compensation?

 

Your Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitor will keep you fully informed at all stages of the case.

 

Many claims for concussion injury compensation are settled out-of-court – Duncan Lewis personal injury lawyers negotiate hard to get the best settlement for you.

 

But if a court hearing is necessary, Duncan Lewis instructs leading barristers who specialise in personal injury cases, to make sure you have the best legal representation possible.

 

Compensation paid to minors for concussion injury has to be approved at an Infant Settlement Hearing at the local County Court – the child and their “Litigation Friend” (usually a parent or guardian) have to attend this hearing.

 

Why Duncan Lewis is the best solicitor for Concussion Injury Compensation Claims
  • Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitors understand just how traumatic and upsetting concussion injuries can be – we believe in putting you and your family first to obtain the best results for you
  • Duncan Lewis is one of the leading firms of Personal Injury and Legal Aid solicitors in the UK
  • Our initial advice on making a claim for concussion compensation is free
  • Duncan Lewis accepts claims for concussion injury on a no win no fee basis, so you will not have to worry about legal fees
  • We will visit you at home if you are recovering from a severe concussion injury – and can arrange expert medical opinions to help back up your claim
  • Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitors will make sure you understand every stage of your claim for concussion injury compensation
  • We will handle negotiations for you, so you do not have to worry while you are recovering from your injuries.

Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitors have a successful track record in accident and injury claims for concussion compensation.

 

Contact Duncan Lewis for free advice on making a concussion injury compensation claim by calling 020 7923 4020.


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