You or a close relative may have had a fall or a road accident in which head or brain injuries occurred. If this is the case, you may be in need of head or brain injury claims advice. After your accident you must have sought medical treatment, as some injuries get worse if immediate medical treatment is not received. Not seeking such attention could lessen your chances of receiving compensation for a head/brain injury.
Head or brain injury
If you have a severe head injury which could have affected the brain, you will be diagnosed by medical staff who use the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS). This is a scale measuring from 3 to 15, with 3 being an indicator of severe brain damage. A head injury is classed as severe if the scale is 8 or less. You may have to have an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan, computerised tomography (CT) scan or an X-ray.
98% of people admitted to hospital with a head or brain injury can leave after 48 hours, during which time you are monitored for any changes or complications in your condition. If, however, you have been diagnosed with a severe brain injury, you may be admitted to the hospital’s intensive care unit.
Whatever the case, if the accident in which head or brain damage was suffered was not your fault, then you have grounds for seeking personal injury compensation.
What can be done to lessen the risk of a head or brain injury?
Around 700,000 people in England and Wales have to go to hospital because of a head or brain injury. Approximately 10% of these are severe head injuries. To lessen the risk of such an injury, you should:
- Wear a safety helmet when cycling or riding a motorbike;
- Ensure the equipment you use at work is not faulty and follow the safety instructions;
- Check the sports equipment you use on a regular basis;
- Wear protective clothing when you are doing any DIY; and
- Minimise the hazards in the home so that falls are unlikely.
Head or brain injury claims advice
You may wonder where you can get head or brain injury claims advice, but the answer is simple — Accident Advice Helpline. We are a law firm with a team of legal experts in the field of personal injury claims who operate all over the UK. You can visit our website and take the 30-second test, which serves as an estimate of the compensation you could be entitled to, although the amount will vary depending on each individual case. However, for head or brain injury claims advice, we are the people you should talk to. You can also telephone us on our freephone number at any time. This is 0800 689 0500.
You will need to have details of the accident, and names and addresses of any witnesses, which would be documented in a police report of a road accident, for example. If you fell at work, then it is likely that there will have been witnesses and the accident would have to have been recorded in the accidents book.
Give us a call and we can not only give you head or brain injury claims advice, but also one of our legal team members can represent you and fight for compensation on your behalf.
Date Published: 17th May 2013