Brain injury claim information and advice
If you have any questions or need expert advice about accident claims and compensation for your brain injury claim, talk to one of our friendly, legally trained advisors now, on 0800 689 5659.
Do you have a head or brain injury?
Suffering a head or brain injury can be a traumatic event, one that changes your life. Perhaps you are supporting a family member or friend who has suffered a brain injury. We’ve put together some information and advice to help you claim on someone else’s behalf.
Treating a head or brain injury may be a lengthy process. It can cost time and money to put things right. Taking periods off work, for treatment or to recover, might make it difficult for you to keep up with mortgage, rent or household bills. You might also need to depend on someone else to help you. Claiming compensation for pain and suffering, as well as loss of earnings, could enable you and your family to cope.
We make it as simple as possible to get the right advice and help, with just one free phone call. Our support will help you to recover more quickly.
Get the right treatment for a head or brain injury
When you have an accident that causes a head or brain injury, it’s essential to get a proper diagnosis as soon as possible. With a skull fracture, for example, broken bone may be pressing on the brain. If not treated promptly, this can lead to serious brain damage and even death.
Signs of a brain injury may include cuts and lacerations, while symptoms may include:
- Altered or unusual behaviour
- Loss of speech and vision
- Loss of consciousness
If you have an accident and you begin to experience symptoms, seek urgent medical attention.
Causes and types of head and brain injury are many and varied. Symptoms of concussion and subdural haematoma often include feeling sick, having a headache and getting confused. These symptoms might develop straight away (especially after a major injury), but with a minor injury they might develop more slowly. Lifting something heavy or doing strenuous exercise can bring on a subarachnoid haemorrhage. Symptoms include blurry vision, feeling sick, and a sudden, bad headache.
Open-head injury is more obvious, and might be caused by a fall, a workplace accident, or a violent crime. Diffuse axonal injury can occur when the head is jolted in a car accident, for example.
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Why claim for a head or brain injury?
When you have an accident, you need the right help, tailored to your situation.
If the accident wasn’t your fault, you shouldn’t have to pay for the consequences, or chase around trying to find the right specialist help.
A serious head or brain injury can leave you needing round-the-clock care and adaptations to your home. You may not be able to return to work. After any initial crisis, you might face long-term symptoms and effects. These could affect the lives of family members or those close to you, and might include:
- Memory loss
- Difficulty concentrating
- Anger and mood swings
- Inability to control behaviour
- Loss of motor functions
- Inability to care for yourself
Head and brain injuries can be devastating for sufferers and their families. Someone with a brain injury may be unable to carry out basic day-to-day tasks such as getting washed and dressed, and might need round-the-clock care. While other people retain motor functions and live independent lives, their injuries cause mood swings and behaviour changes that make it hard to hold down a job or form stable relationships.
If you have an accident, depression and anxiety can seriously affect and delay your chances of recovery. Financial worries will not help. If you’ve been in an accident you did not cause, you could be entitled to substantial compensation.
Making a claim might seem like extra hassle, but compensation can really help to ease the stress, covering medical costs, loss of earnings, housing and travel costs, and continuing care. If you suffer a serious or life-changing injury, compensation can help in rehabilitation, enabling you to adapt your home, car and way of life.
What’s covered in a brain injury claim?
When you suffer a head or brain injury, compensation cannot change the circumstances or make you well again, but it can help you cope with daily life.
After discharge from hospital, you may need physiotherapy to help you recover from weakness or gain co-ordination. You could need professional help to assess changes to your home to suit your new needs. You might require equipment to help you do daily tasks or travel. If you cannot return to work, you might need to cover financial gaps. Head and brain injuries can be difficult to cope with emotionally, so you may need psychological therapy.
If you suffer a serious injury, a final settlement can help to reduce the impact on your daily activities. You might also be eligible to receive an interim payment to cover the immediate costs of your injury.
Our legally trained advisors can help you understand how much compensation you could receive for a successful claim. As with any personal injury claim, the amount will depend upon your circumstances, and on factors including:
- Your pain and suffering
- The severity of your injury
- The treatment you need after your accident
- The amount of time (if any) you take off work
- How your injury makes an impact on your life
- The outlook for recovering from your injury
For any type of accident that causes a head or brain injury, we can help. Just call us on 0800 689 5659.
Can you make a claim?
You may be able to claim if you can answer ‘yes’ to the following:
- Did your accident leave you injured?
- Was your accident somebody else’s fault?
- Did your accident happen in the last three years?
A serious injury is one that makes a significant impact on your daily life and affects your future, requiring substantial financial support. It can also make a big impact on the people around you, who might need to offer extra help so you can continue to function.
With a serious injury, you may experience:
- Ongoing, repeated or lengthy hospital treatment
- Inability to return to work or to return in the same role/hours
- The need to take significant time off work
- The need to be cared for and supported by family or friends
- Inability to keep up hobbies, social life and activities
Even if your injury isn’t life changing, we can help. If the accident you’ve had makes an emotional, physical and financial impact on your life, you should be compensated.
Employers have a duty of care to ensure people can do their jobs safely. Owners of public places such as shops, pubs and restaurants also have a responsibility to keep you safe – preventing spillages and trip hazards, for example. If an employer or owner fails to follow safety regulations and this leads to your injury, you may be able to make a claim.
The quickest way to find out whether you can claim is to call us on 0800 689 5659. If you’re not sure who was at fault for your accident, we can talk it through with you. Our friendly, legally trained advisors will answer your questions, and help you get the compensation you are due.
Find out if you can make a claim
How do you start a claim?
Our service is easy to access and free to use.
When you call 0800 689 5659 to speak with one of our legally trained advisors, we will find out exactly what happened and let you know whether you can make a claim. We won’t pressure you to take action.
Once we’ve checked your eligibility, we do all the work for you, making the claim process simple and hassle-free. We will help you pull together everything you need to support your claim, and guide you through each step. There is no complicated paperwork, and it will not cost you anything.
Why choose Accident Advice Helpline?
As one of the UK’s leading compensation claim specialists, we work for thousands of people who have been injured through no fault of their own. We will help you make a successful compensation claim and get you the right support to aid your recovery.
Over the years, we’ve developed the breadth of expertise to help you make a successful claim. With one simple phone call to 0800 689 5659, you can get confidential advice and enlist our support in a range of areas. We work to understand what you need, then offer the best possible assistance. Our friendly advisors are trained to find out your situation, and guide you through the next steps to get you the most compensation with the least fuss.
Our personal injury lawyers work on a no win no fee** basis. Whatever the outcome, our policy means you won’t be out of pocket. We take the burden and do the work for you.
We make it simple for you to get the right advice and claim for compensation.