Of all the injuries you can sustain in an accident, head trauma is often the most problematic. For this reason, it’s one that the legal system treats very seriously, even if you’re lucky enough not to suffer lasting damage. Our highly trained staff at Accident Advice Helpline will be happy to talk through your particular case and help you to work out what you might be entitled to. In the meantime, here are a few points worth thinking about.
When is a head trauma claim valid?
In most cases, it’s only possible to claim compensation for an accident within three years of it taking place. With head trauma, however, it’s possible that some problems will become apparent much later in life. In this situation, it is possible to get special dispensation to claim. The important thing is to be able to trace your problems directly to a particular cause. A brain injury specialist may be able to help with that. If you have already made a claim for immediate damage related to your injury, it may still be possible for you to claim again if more serious problems develop.
In the case of a recent accident, the important thing is to make sure that you’ve been treated by a trained medical professional. A doctor can diagnose surface injuries and concussion, but you may need to see a specialist or get a scan in order to detect more serious problems. In some cases, a solicitor can help you to arrange such checks.
The value of your claim
In order to get a quick appraisal of the potential value of your claim, you can use the claims calculator on our website. For a more precise estimate that takes into account the effect of your injuries on your life, talk to our advisors. They can tell you what people have been awarded in similar situations. If you decide that you want to pursue a claim, we’ll put you in touch with a suitably experienced solicitor to take you through the legal process.
Because head trauma cases can be very different and are often complex, it’s vital to have a solicitor with the right expertise. As a national organisation we work with experts across the country, so we can find you the right person without you having to wait. Prompt, expert action can significantly increase your chances of success.
Elements of compensation
Compensation for a head injury always includes money to make up for your suffering and money to cover expenses you’ve had as a result of the accident, plus compensation for any lost earnings. If you have lasting problems, it may include money for ongoing expenses and for any adaptations you need to help you cope with daily life.
Whilst it can’t make everything better, a payment of this type is designed to ensure that, as far as possible, you enjoy a comfortable quality of life. A good compensation package means you won’t have to worry about day to day financial matters and you can concentrate on your health.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to get started on making your claim.
Date Published: October 8, 2013
Author: David Brown