If you have had an accident that wasn’t your fault and have suffered a head injury, ranging from mild to severe, you may be eligible for compensation. Here we will tell you all that you need to know about head injury claims.
Acquired Head Injury
Your head injury must be an ‘Acquired Head Injury’, otherwise known as an ‘Acquired Brain Injury’ or ‘ABI’. This means that the injury has been caused by a trauma, as opposed to a head injury that you are born with. So if your ‘Acquired head injury’ was caused by someone else in an accident that wasn’t your fault you can make a compensation claim.
What’s The Claim Process?
Your solicitor will get a medical report – probably from your neurologist – which will give all of the details about what injuries you have incurred, and the possible future effects.
Your solicitor will then examine the report alongside other guidelines and after looking at previous cases. Your solicitor will then make a decision about how much compensation you should be able to claim for by what’s known as ‘pain and suffering for your injury’.
Your solicitor will then look at the expenses that you have already paid out as well as future expenses that you may have to pay as a result of your head injury.
You can also consider claiming for interest on your compensation and your legal costs.
Your solicitor will then add all of this up to come up with a final figure.
How Much Can You Expect To Get?
Of course, every case is different, but a lot of decisions are based on previous cases so here are some examples to give you a rough idea of how much you can expect to be awarded:
Minor and Short-Term Injuries – If your head injuries have fully recovered in a couple of weeks, you will able to claim around £9,400
Minor Head Injury with Slight Brain Damage – If you suffer a head injury with very minor brain damage which leads to on-going struggles with memory, concentration or headaches, you will be able to claim up to £31,600
Head Injury with Severe Brain Damage – If the consequences of the accident results in you being unable to communicate properly, your life expectancy being reduced or you have become seriously disabled, you may be able to claim for a much more substantial figure.