Head Injury Claims

Head Injury Claims

Head injuries can be some of the most serious injuries you can suffer. They can possibly lead to brain injuries and even death. Even minor head injuries are often shocking and painful, leading to take time off work to recover. Facial injuries, in particular, can be difficult to become accustomed to. As they can have a huge impact on how we see ourselves and our sense of personal identity.

Whether your head injury is for a short time or life-altering brain injury, we want you to get the compensation you deserve. If you get a head injury because of someone else fault, you may be eligible for compensation. Call us on 0121 565 4317 or fill in our online claims form to discuss your case with us. Our friendly team of expert personal injury solicitors would love to help you.

Common Head Injury Types And Reasons

Head injuries cover a wide range of different types of accidents and injuries. They divide into two types; those in which the skull remains intact (known as a closed head injury). And those in which the skull breaks and something enter the brain area (known as a penetrating head injury). Penetrating head injuries are obviously usually far more serious than the majority of closed head injuries. But severe, life-altering symptoms can develop from either kind of head injury and both can sometimes become fatal.

Some closed head injury claim reasons include:

  • Injuries And Wounds To The Scalp (the skin covering the skull)

Scalp injuries can be very painful and will often bleed a lot because of the high blood flow to the head. Other than the risk of blood loss, they are rarely very serious in themselves and will usually recover in about the same time as any other cut or abrasion.

  • Concussion

A concussion occurs when the head moves quickly in different directions. It causes the brain ‘bounces’ against the inside of the skull. Concussions are often mild, with headache and nausea being the primary symptoms, requiring only a few days off work. In other cases, concussions can be very serious, leading to brain damage and even death.

  • Brain Contusions

Brain contusions are bruises to the surface of the brain and occur when the head has been knocked in an accident or as a result of certain sporting activities such as heading a ball in football. These will usually heal by themselves. But it is essential that you get expert medical advice and are monitored appropriately to ensure that no more serious complications arise.

  • Broken Nose

The nose is more fragile than much of the rest of the face and head, as it is made of cartilage, which is softer than bone. Fractures to the nose usually heal faster than fractures to the bone, as cartilage has a much higher blood flow than bones. Fractures noses usually heal fully, but it is important to get medical assistance to ensure that it heals in the right way. Although this has a significant impact on your appearance, correctly setting the nose (this means adjusting it so it is aligned before it starts to heal) is also important to make sure that your broken nose does not cause later complications with your breathing.

  • Face and Jaw Fractures

Injuries to the face are particularly distressing, as they are both painful and can impact how we see ourselves and how others see us. For minor facial injuries, such as a fractured jaw or cheekbone, the bones will usually heal reasonably quickly and there might be no lasting damage. If the facial fractures are more extensive, however, you may find that your appearance is permanently changed as a result of your accident or injury and you may find that you need emotional and psychological help dealing with those changes.

  • Damage To One Or More Senses

Accidents, where you receive a blow to the head, can lead to damage to the eye or to the eardrum. Either of these could lead to you suffering a reduction in your senses, or even total blindness or deafness. Injuries impacting your senses attract a slightly higher amount in compensation claims, to reflect the fact that your interactions with the world will be different from now on.

Common Causes Why People Make Head Injury Claims

Head injuries can happen at any time. There are some circumstances in which you are more likely to sustain a head injury. Some common reasons why people suffer from a head injury is because of:

  • Road Traffic Accidents

Some road users, such as motorcyclists, are particularly susceptible to head injuries, due to their relative vulnerability and speeds. Head injuries are common in all types of road users go in road traffic accidents, however, including drivers, passengers, taxi drivers, bus drivers and passengers, cyclists, and pedestrians. Because we cannot see the brain working, it can be easy to miss more serious head injuries, especially if we get painful and messy scalp injuries. For this reason, it is essential that all head injuries receive medical attention to ensure that you remain as safe as possible.

  • Falling Accidents

Slips, trips and falls often lead to you striking your head, whether against the floor or another object. Falls from a height, such as from a ladder or when there have been inadequate guard rails, are more likely to lead to severe head injuries, brain damage, and even to be fatal. Simple trips can still result in severe head injuries, however, and it is important that you do not underestimate them.

  • Accidents At Work

The workplace should be safe and secure for everyone to work without the risk of serious injury. Unfortunately, some workplaces are less safe than others. Head injuries in the construction and manufacturing industries in particular are worryingly common. Your employer should take all possible measures to avoid any accidents leading to a head injury. If the risk is high, they should also provide you with personal protective equipment (PPE). In the case of head injuries, this could be a hard hat to ensure that you do not sustain a serious injury from falling objects. If they do not take safety measures, or if they are deemed insufficient, you may be able to make a claim for your head injury.

Wherever your accident was and whatever the cause was, if there is someone who had a responsibility to protect you (whether specifically or just as a member of the public) and they were careless or negligent in that duty, you may be able to make a claim.

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How Do I Start My Head Injury Claim?

Claims for head injuries care often more serious than those for more minor injuries. In general, the more severe your injury, the more important to have an expert team of solicitors on your side. If you are thinking about making a head injury claim, call us on 0121 565 4317 or claim online. We would arrange a free, no obligation consultation. Our experienced and compassionate team will listen to the details of your unique situation. We properly understand the causes of your accident, the full extent of your injuries. We also ask the ways in which this accident has impacted your life, and may continue to impact it. Once we fully understand the circumstances you find yourself in, we will offer expert advice about:

  • The likelihood of you winning your case. No-one wants to go through the stress of making a personal injury claim only to find that all of your time, energy, and work has been wasted. We will give you an honest assessment of the probability of winning your claim so you can make an informed decision.
  • How much compensation you are likely to receive. Judicial College (a governing body) set official guidelines to show compensation amount for specific injuries. The ranges are very broad, however, to take into account the individual nature of personal injuries. Our expert team have years of experience interpreting these guidelines so we can give you the best possible estimate. We also highlight areas where you deserve additional compensation, for example to compensate you for loss of earnings. Or to allow you to make changes to your home to adapt to any disability. Also for additional medical treatment over and above that offered on the NHS which might help you to recover more quickly. Our team ensures that you don’t miss out on the compensation that you deserve. And that you get your life back on track after your brain injury.
  • The process of making a claim. We will explain the process of making a claim. Also, we will ensure that you understand how we are going to proceed at every step. Your accident was distressing and the path to recovery can be frustrating. It is so especially when trying to recover from head and brain injuries. We want you to know that you are in control of your claim at all times.
  • How much you will have to pay. For most of our clients, we offer our services on a no win no fee basis. This means that you will never be left out of pocket for trying to get the compensation you deserve

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