Compensation for serious head injuries

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How to find out about compensation for serious head injuries

In January 1881, Mr St Clare Bedford held an inquiry at the Sessions House, Broad-Sanctuary, Westminster into the death of George Seamar (41), a pianoforte maker, who died at his home 3 weeks earlier. The inquiry was a strange one as evidence produced demonstrated that Mr Seamar was sent home from hospital with severe head injuries which caused death.

Evidence was given that Mr Seamar was knocked down on Christmas Eve by a hansom cab in Cranbourn Street; he was then sent to hospital after which he walked home. The next day, his son went back to the hospital and told the surgeon that his father was worse and the surgeon told the boy to bring his father back in a cab but when the boy got back home, he found his father too ill to be moved and another doctor was called in 5 hours later.

A verdict of accidental death

Dr Arthur Fairbrother, one of the house surgeons at the hospital, remembered being called to see Mr Seamar on Christmas Eve at 7.30p.m. He had already been attended to by the assistant house surgeon who had applied a battery to him. Apparently, Mr Seamar was sober but smelled of alcohol. On examining him, Dr Fairbrother found a bruise on the back of Mr Seamar’s head. He asked Mr Seamar whether he would prefer to be in hospital or to go home; Mr Seamar replied that he would prefer to go home. After some deliberation, the jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death.

Mr Seamar died prematurely because of head injuries. We do not know whether it was his own fault or not that he was knocked down. However, if you are knocked down through no fault of your own and receive similar injuries, you may want to find out if you can claim compensation for serious head injuries.

A 30 second test

After you have received medical treatment, you should telephone Accident Advice Helpline without delay. It is a compensation provider for personal injury compensation. A trained adviser will guide you through a 30 second test which will identify whether you are likely to get compensation for head injuries.

After that, an online calculator will estimate how much compensation for head injuries you are likely to get if an accident solicitor takes your case on and wins. This would be on a no win no fee* basis. All the solicitors that work with Accident Advice Helpline operate on these terms.

So if you have been in an accident within the last 3 years and want to find out more about compensation for serious head injuries, telephone Accident Advice Helpline. It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The number is 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.

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