Head Injury Claims
Head injuries can be some of the most serious injuries you can suffer, possibly leading to brain injuries and even death. Even minor head injuries are often shocking and painful and can lead to the need 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 short-lived but painful or whether it involves life-altering brain injury, we want to help you get the compensation you deserve. If your head injury was the result of an accident and you think that someone else had a responsibility to avoid it happening, you may be eligible for compensation. Call us on 0121 565 4317 or fill in our online claims form to discuss your case with our friendly team of expert personal injury solicitors to find out how we can help.
Common Head Injury Types And Reasons
Head injuries cover a wide range of different types of accident and injury. They can roughly be divided into two types; those in which the skull remains intact (known as a closed head injury) and those in which the skull has been broken and something has entered 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.
A concussion occurs when the head moves quickly in different directions and 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 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 from 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 often found in all types of road users involved 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 are distracted by painful and messy scalp injuries. For this reason, it is essential that all head injuries receive medical attention to ensure that you are kept 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 they are not underestimated.
- Accidents At Work
The workplace is supposed to be kept safe and secure for everyone to work without the risk of serious injury. Unfortunately, some workplaces are less safe than others, and 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 and, if the risk cannot be made low enough, 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 these measures have not been taken, or if they are deemed insufficient, you may be able to make a claim for your head injury.
Wherever your accident was and however it happened, 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.
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 it is that you have an expert team of personal injury solicitors on your side. If you are thinking about making a head injury claim, call us on 0121 565 4317 or fill in our online claims to arrange a free, no obligation consultation. Our experienced and compassionate team will listen to the details of your unique situation, making sure that we properly understand the causes of your accident, the full extent of your injuries and the ways in which this accident and injury 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. There are national guidelines set out by the Judicial College (a governing body) which offer the range of compensation that would normally be offered 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 are also able to highlight areas where you may be entitled to 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 or for additional medical treatment over and above that offered on the NHS which might help you to recover more quickly. Working with our highly experienced team ensures that you don’t miss out on compensation that you are entitled to and that you need to help 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, ensuring that you understand how we are going to proceed at every step. Your accident was distressing and the path to recovery can be frustrating, 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.