Traumatic head injury
Traumatic head injuries are extremely complex medical challenges. If you think about the structures of the head and how much we need them you will see why.
- Brain – brain damage
- Eyes – sight loss
- Ears – loss of hearing or balance
- Nose – loss of sense of smell
- Face – facial disfigurement and scarring
- Mouth – broken jaw
These are just a small selection of the problems that a traumatic head injury can cause.
Patients with a traumatic head injury are frequently very ill and require long periods in hospital with specialist medical treatments.
Causes of a traumatic head injury
A traumatic head injury can be caused in a number of ways. One common cause is road traffic accidents. The head can hit the windscreen or the occupant can be thrown out of the car and hit the road. Another vehicle can crush the car and the occupants. Other people suffer a traumatic head injury as a result of a fall from a height. This can happen at work, e.g. a builder can fall from poorly guarded scaffolding on a building site. Another cause of a traumatic head injury would be assault. Assault is a criminal injury. Some people are struck over the head by a heavy object. However the injury was caused, if it was not your fault you may be able to claim for compensation.
Claiming compensation for a traumatic head injury
You may have been in hospital for several months after your injury and may only just be thinking about compensation. Don’t be concerned that it is too late to claim because you actually have up to three years to make most claims. Start by contacting a compensation provider like Accident Advice Helpline. They have a team of highly trained advisors who are used to dealing with people that have suffered a traumatic head injury. If you want to, you can take a unique 30 second test which will indicate whether your claim is likely to be successful or you can call them on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993. You will then be put in touch with one of the national network of legal partners. You will be allocated a personal injury lawyer who has expertise in traumatic head injury claims. It is unlikely that you will have to appear in court as most claims will be administered over the telephone. There is likely to be one appointment with a medical expert who will compile a medical assessment report of your injuries.
Compensation for traumatic head injury
No one can guarantee how much money you will get until your case is resolved. Every traumatic head injury is very different. Everyone’s recovery periods are very different. The outcome of brain injuries in particular are very difficult to predict. For this reason, some cases take longer than others to resolve. At least you know that you will not have to pay a large cheque at the start of the process for legal fees. This is because your case will be handled on a no win no fee* basis.
Date Published: 7th February 2013
Author: David Brown