Around 700,000 victims are treated in UK hospitals for head injuries every year. In a proportion of these cases, the injuries have been suffered in an accident that was not the injured persons fault. Where this is the case, they can enter the details of the accident and the injury into Accident Advice Helpline’s 30-second test and get a compensation estimate for their case. This is an estimate of how much compensation they would receive for their particular head injury. In general, the more serious the head injury, the more compensation will be awarded.
Most head injuries are mild and the injured person returns back home after a period of about 48 hours observation in a hospital.
However, approximately 10% of head injuries are classed as moderate or serious injuries. These can require very complicated and delicate treatment in specialist hospital units.
Getting a compensation estimate for a head injury
Make sure that you call Accident Advice Helpline as soon as you can after the injury. If you are very severely injured, then a member of your family could do it on your behalf. Explain your situation to the friendly, professional advisers and they will do the rest
Serious head injuries
At some point in your claim, you will need to give an account of all the treatment that you received for your head injury. The compensation estimate may just be for head injuries in general and your Accident Advice Helpline personal injury lawyer will need some further details to negotiate an appropriate level of compensation.
The initial treatment for head injuries is given at the scene of the accident and when the injured person arrives at the Accident and Emergency Department. It includes checking the airway is clear, stopping bleeding and stabilising the neck and spine.
Tests and measurements may also be taken to assess if there is any damage to the brain and how severe that damage is.
Some head injuries are so severe that they will require brain surgery (neurosurgery). This may not be known when the compensation estimate is first given. In the UK, around 4,000 people need neurosurgery because they have a head injury. The reasons for needing brain surgery could be:
- Severe bleeding – pressure on the brain
- A blood clot in the head – pressure on the brain
- Bruises on the brain
- Fractured skull
Compensation estimates for skull fractures take into account the severity of this injury. The skull can crack just like any other bone. There are several different types of skull fracture – a depressed fracture is very serious because the skull is crushed inwards and is touching the brain.
As a general rule, it takes longer to recover from serious head injuries than from the less serious ones. During your recovery keep a careful record of all the tests and treatments that you have undergone. Your personal injury solicitor may need this when they are preparing your claim.
To contact Accident Advice Helpline, all you need to do is dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone. We are here to help and our initial advice is free.
Date Published: 18th August 2013
Author: Sharon Parry