Head injuries have the potential to be very serious. These types of injury range from bruising, to a fractured skull or brain damage. The question: “Can I claim for a head injury?” depends on whether you were responsible for the incident that led to your physical hurt.
In order to be able to make a head injury claim, you must have been the innocent party, whether it was caused by accident or a deliberate act, such as an assault. If, because of your own negligence or foolhardiness, you brought the injury on yourself, then your ability to make a claim for compensation could be jeopardised. As well as being the innocent party, it will need to be shown who was actually responsible for the injury to your head, as that person or body will be the party the claim is made against.
When wondering, “Can I claim for a head injury?” and whether you have grounds for it, the best course of action is to seek legal advice. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have specialist solicitors who will be delighted to assist and advise you. If our skilled professionals find you do indeed have grounds for a claim, they will represent you and do their utmost to secure the biggest award possible.
With our Accident Advice Helpline solicitors, you will be able to be represented on a “no win, no fee” basis. This will spare you the concern of having to meet our fees should the claim prove to be unsuccessful and you receive no compensation award.
In order to determine whether you have grounds for a claim and to build your case, we will need as much information as possible about the accident or incident that brought about your head injury. The information will be provided by your own recollections, as well as statements from anyone who witnessed the unfortunate event. Where the police have investigated, the statement from the investigating officer will also be useful. If there was any CCTV footage of the accident or incident, or photographic evidence, we will use that as well.
The importance of the doctor’s report following the examination of your injuries cannot be overstated. The seriousness of your injuries may well influence the size of any compensation payout you will be awarded.
As well as seeking compensation for your physical and mental hurt and suffering following the head injury, the claim will also aim to cover any financial losses. Time taken off work will lead to loss of wages that will have to be recovered. Your treatment may involve prescription charges and travel costs between your home and the hospital or surgery. You may even require non-NHS treatment and therapies that will incur further expense. A successful compensation claim should cover these costs and relieve you of any hardship.
In very serious cases where the head injury leaves you incapacitated and unable to work again, a successful claim could help to fund care for the rest of your life.
Date Published: November 4, 2013
Author: David Brown