Brain Injury Compensation Claims
There are many possible causes for brain injuries and a wide range of symptoms and levels of severity that this type of injury can present. Sustaining any damage to the brain can have a significant impact on a victim’s life and has the potential to impede on the functionality and ability of all body parts. If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury due to the negligence of a third party, you may have a valid claim for personal injury compensation.
Suffering from a brain injury can be terrifying and devastating, for both yourself and those around you. Personal injury solicitors recognise how fragile claimants of this type of injury can feel and how severe these cases can be. They are committed to working closely with you to support you through every step of your brain injury claim and to achieve the highest possible compensation award on your behalf.
Am I eligible to make a claim following my brain injury?
There are multiple ways in which a person can suffer an injury to the brain, and there are several causes which may be the result of another person’s activity or negligence. If you have been the victim of a brain injury and it can be proven that this was the result of another party’s negligent actions, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Brain injuries usually fall into two major categories which include acquired brain injuries and traumatic brain injuries. Both types of injuries are caused due to different means, but they may have a similar effect on the victim’s ability to think, feel and move, as well as impacting on other body functions.
Acquired brain injury
Acquired brain injury is not congenital, degenerative or hereditary. As this kind of injury occurs on a cellular level, cells within the entire brain are affected rather than a particular area. There are many causes of acquired brain injury, including:
- airway obstruction
- electrical shock
- blood loss
- trauma to the head
Traumatic brain injury
Traumatic brain injury occurs when a person receives a direct blow to the head. For a traumatic injury to occur, the force of the blow has to be large enough to damage the skull as well as the brain. There are a number of factors that can give rise to traumatic brain injuries. These include the following:
- being involved in a car crash
- falling from heights
- suffering head injuries in a sporting event
- being the victim of a physical assault
In a car accident for example, the sudden forward and backwards movement of the head can cause the brain to move dangerously within the skull. When this happens, the nerve fibres within the brain can separate and cause damage to the brain tissues.
The solicitors we work in partnership with have worked alongside many clients in this field and have been successful in achieving the maximum possible compensation awards on their behalf. Some of the most common causes of brain injuries that may result in successful accident claims include:
- Slips, trips and falls
- Road traffic accidents
- Falls from ladders and scaffolding
- Toxins and chemical poisoning
- Being hit by falling objects
- Sporting injuries
If you would like to discuss the particular details of your individual case during a free, no-obligation consultation call 0800 678 1410 today. During this consultation, a trained legal adviser will assess the possible outcome of your claim and provide guidelines as to the realistic timescale and compensation award that you can expect. They will also happily answer any questions you may have about the process of making a claim and any other concerns you may have.
How much compensation can I claim for a brain injury?
Compensation awards vary from one case to another, and a solicitor will need to assess your individual case details before offering an estimate of the likely outcome of your case. This assessment will be conducted at a free, no-obligation consultation, where the solicitor will ask questions about your accident and injury.
The more severe your symptoms are and the greater the detrimental effect the condition has on your life, the larger the compensation award will be. Your solicitor will work closely with you to gather evidence relating to your condition and the liability of the other party in order to secure you the highest possible settlement award.
As well as claiming compensation for the pain and suffering caused by your accident (known as general damages), you can also claim compensation for any financial losses you have suffered as a result. This is known as special damages and can include loss of earnings, loss of future earnings, the cost of medical care, treatment costs, etc.
How long will it take to complete my case?
The time that it takes to complete your case will depend upon the individual circumstances of your claim. There are a number of factors that will influence the amount of time that it takes to reach a settlement on your case.
Some of the factors that have the greatest impact on how quickly a solicitor can reach a settlement offer include:
- Proving liability and the defendant accepting responsibility
- Proving your diagnosis and the severity of your symptoms
- Delays from medical professionals and assessors
- Difficulties in tracing and contacting witnesses
- Delays caused by external parties such as police, safety assessors and employer representatives
- Inability to obtain relevant and crucial evidence.
Once your solicitor has gathered all of the necessary evidence, they will strive to negotiate for you the highest compensation award possible as quickly as they can.