Head injuries can be caused by a wide range of accidents. If you were involved in an accident whereby someone else was to blame, and you incurred a head or brain injury, then it is worth checking your entitlement to receive personal injury compensation, once you have received urgent medical attention.
How much head injury compensation could you be entitled to?
Head injury compensation amounts can vary depending on the type of accident you have been involved in, and the resulting injuries. For example, your circumstances and injury type may include:
- Mild concussion incurred during a sporting activity
- Fractured skull as a result of a car accident
- Contusion (a bruise on the brain) caused by a fall
- Haematoma (a bleed on the brain) caused by a work accident
Whilst all head or brain injuries are considered very serious, some may be more severe than others, and have a greater impact upon your life in the short or long term. For example, some brain injuries will be life-threatening and require high-risk emergency surgery. Other injuries may impact upon your cognitive abilities; affecting your thinking processes or even altering your personality depending on which area of the brain has been affected.
The type and severity of your injury will be taken into consideration when determining how much head injury compensation you are legally entitled to. Other factors will also be taken into account such as;
- Your prognosis – are you expected to recover from your injury? This will detail the short term and long term effects of your accident; in some instances, problems will be irreversible and last a lifetime.
- Medical expenses – how much has your injury cost? This may include specialist treatment, care costs, and medication.
- Other expenses, including modifications to your home (for example, if you have been blinded by your injuries), and the cost of specialist equipment.
- Loss of earnings – have you been out of work either in the short or long term? Head injury compensation amounts will take this into account, whilst also considering the implications if you are unable to return to work as a result – including future promotions and pensions.
How do I make a claim?
If you have been involved in an accident, it is useful to check your eligibility using an online checker such as Accident Advice Helpline’s 30-second test™. This will confirm you are entitled to make a claim, as well as providing you with an estimate of how much head injury compensation you could receive.
The next step is to get in touch with a law firm like us. At Accident Advice Helpline, our friendly and professional advisers will support you through the claims process, ensuring it is as stress-free as possible. Your claim will be handled by one of our lawyers: our extensive legal team means we are always able to provide the specialist representation you need – in this case, a lawyer with proven success in handling head injury claims. All of our cases are handled on a no win no fee basis – offering you peace of mind throughout the claims process.