Head injury compensation can be paid for injuries sustained in a variety of circumstances, including work accidents, sports accidents, road traffic accidents, playground accidents and as a result of assault.
Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitors can advise on making a no win no fee claim for head injury compensation whatever the circumstances.
Head injuries are a complex area of medicine and personal injury law.
The brain is covered by the skull – a bony case designed to protect the brain and the spinal cord.
However trauma such as a blow or impact to the head can cause a whole range of injuries, including:
The symptoms of head injury can be mild, acute or catastrophic – and mild head injury may develop into acute or catastrophic head injury if a blood clot develops or a brain haemorrhage occurs after the initial trauma to the head.
If catastrophic injury such as bleeding in the brain occurs, the effects can be life changing and unpredictable – patients may have to re-learn speech and movement patterns simply to be able to walk and carry out normal daily functions.
The first 24 hours of a head injury are crucial, so it is advisable to seek medical advice immediately even for a minor head injury.
Head injury is assessed using the Glasgow Coma Scale which assesses physical reflexes, verbal responses and how easily a patient can open their eyes.
Getting the right diagnosis and medical treatment such as a CT scan within the first hour of a head injury can greatly improve the outcome for a head injury patient.
Misdiagnosis of head injury or wrong treatment of head injury or serious delays in treating head injury could result in long term disability.
Because of this, head injury compensation can be a complex area of personal injury law and anyone who has sustained a head injury in an accident which was not their fault – or feels their condition was misdiagnosed or they did not receive the right treatment for head injury – is advised to contact Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitors as soon as possible.
How long do I have to claim for Head injury?
Claims for head injury compensation fall under the area of law known as personal injury.
Personal injury claimants usually have three years from the date of the injury or diagnosis of injury to make a claim for head injury compensation.
Claims can sometimes be made outside the three-year limitation period, however – and children have three years from the age of 18 to make a claim for head injury compensation.
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 or a loved one sustains a head injury.
Family members can call Duncan Lewis for advice on making a claim if a loved one has been injured and is still recovering from a head injury.
Compensation for Head Injury includes:
Head injury compensation will be paid by the insurers of the party deemed liable for causing or contributing to the head injury, whether this is an employer in the case of head injury sustained in a work accident – or the insurer of another road user if the head injury was sustained in a road traffic accident.
Head injuries as a result of assault are paid by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board.
Your Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitor will be able to advise further on your head injury compensation claim.
Your Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitor will keep you fully informed at all stages of the case.
Many claims for head injury 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 head injury compensation claims, to make sure you have the best legal representation possible.
Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitors have a successful track record in head injury claims and will make sure you win the compensation you are entitled to for your injury.
Contact Duncan Lewis for free advice on making a head injury compensation claim by calling 020 7923 4020.