Head injury compensation claims

Head injury compensation claims

For getting your life back on track

Head injuries can very in severity - from minor cuts and bruising to serious implications due to the vulnerability and importance of the brain. A head injury can impact your daily life, affecting your capacity to work, engage in routine activities and enjoy your pastimes.

Beyond the immediate physical impacts, head injuries can result in emotional repercussions, raising anxieties about your future health, prospects and financial stability. If your head injury resulted from the negligence or direct actions of another person or an organisation, you may be entitled to claim compensation to address both your pain and any financial setbacks.

Switalskis understands the gravity of what you're going through. Our specialist team is ready to guide you through the process of securing compensation. Our solicitors are experienced in handling claims for head injuries of all types and severities. We understand the sensitivity that such claims need to be approached with and dedicate ourselves to offering compassionate and clear guidance, making sure you are informed every step of the way.

Regardless of how your injury was caused, we're here to assist you in claiming compensation. Working with us means more than just acquiring legal advice; it’s about getting support from a team deeply committed to pursuing justice for you.

To learn more about how we can help with the specifics of your situation, call us today on 0800 138 0458 , or connect with us through our website .

Contact us today and let's start your journey towards recovery together. Call us today on 0800 1380 458, or get in touch via our form.

How Switalskis can help you

We recognise the various impacts a head injury can have on your life and our solicitors are here to support you in claiming compensation. When you reach out to us, we will discuss your unique situation so we can understand your circumstances. We'll explain the claims process to you, making sure you're fully aware of what's involved and what's expected should you decide to proceed.

We will guide you through every stage of making your claim. We're committed to breaking down each step into straightforward terms, taking on the majority of the legal legwork so you can concentrate on your recovery.

Our solicitors strive to understand how your injury has affected your life. Our thorough and compassionate approach allows us to work on a level where we have a close working relationship with you, guiding you on the path to recovery.

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How can negligence lead to head injuries?

Head injuries can be life-altering, and in many cases, they arise due to the negligence or oversight of another person or organisation. Here are some examples of head and brain injury cases we typically handle:

  • Road traffic accidents: careless driving, failing to observe traffic rules or driving under the influence can result in accidents where people suffer severe head injuries. If someone was driving or disrupted your driving and can be held accountable for your accident, you may be able to make a claim.
  • Workplace incidents: employers have a duty to keep their employees safe. Inadequate training, poor maintenance of equipment or failure to provide protective gear can lead to accidents where workers sustain head injuries.
  • Slips, trips and falls: public places and businesses must be kept safe for visitors. Wet floors without warning signs, uneven pavements or poorly lit areas can lead to falls resulting in head trauma.
  • Sports and recreational activities: inadequate supervision, poor equipment or failure to enforce safety rules can lead to avoidable accidents and subsequent head injuries in sporting environments.
  • Assaults and violent attacks: intentional acts of violence due to inadequate security measures or negligence on premises can lead to severe head injuries. In cases where you are claiming for a criminal injury, we can assist in pursuing claims via the Criminal Injury Compensation Authority (CICA).

What types of head injuries can be claimed for?

Head injuries can range from minor to severe, with each type having its own set of challenges and implications. Here are some common types of head injuries for which claims are often made:

  • Concussions: often resulting from a sudden impact or blow, concussions can have symptoms that last for days or even longer. Initially, these might seem minor, but their effects can be long-lasting.
  • Skull fractures: a fracture in the skull caused by physical trauma.
  • Contusions or brain bruises: these injuries are caused by an impact to the head, leading to bleeding on the brain, which may require surgical intervention.

It's essential to remember that the aftermath of a head injury isn't just physical. The emotional and toll can affect both you and your loved ones. At Switalskis, we understand the depth of these challenges.

Making a head injury compensation claim

Navigating a compensation claim can be daunting, especially after suffering a head injury. Our dedicated team of solicitors will shoulder the bulk of the legal work and make sure you're well-informed throughout the process.

Here's a breakdown of how the claims process typically works:

Step 1: Initial consultation

Your claim begins when you contact our personal injury team. We'll discuss the specifics of your situation, offering insights into what you might expect from your claim.

Step 2: Establishing your claim

We'll start gathering evidence to support your claim. This could include medical records, incident reports, testimonies from witnesses and any communications with the other people and organisations involved in the incident. If you're claiming for financial setbacks, we'll need relevant financial evidence that shows your spending and costs.

Step 3: Notifying the defendant

We'll reach out to the party at fault and their insurance provider, informing them of your claim.

Step 4: Negotiation

If they admit liability, we will then gather evidence and build the case regarding the injuries and losses, so we can move negotiate. If they contest your claim, however, we're prepared to take matters to court.

Step 5: Court proceedings (where necessary)

While many head injury claims are settled amicably, some do require court intervention. Should this be the situation, trust in our expertise to present your evidence and the case regarding and losses before we move to negotiate.

Step 6: Settlement and compensation

Upon a successful claim, we'll make sure the defendant fulfils their obligation, compensating you for the trauma and losses you have suffered due to your head injury.

Throughout this process, we'll keep you up-to-date on developments in the case, making sure you're well-equipped to make informed decisions. With Switalskis by your side, you can focus on what truly matters: your recovery and wellbeing.

Contact us today and let's start your journey towards recovery together. Call us today on 0800 1380 458, or get in touch via our form.

Our head injury compensation claims specialists

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Mark HollinghurstDirector and Solicitor
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Maria DallasChartered Legal Executive
John McQuaterDirector and Solicitor Advocate
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Julie WilkinsonLitigation Executive
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Diane ParkerDirector and Solicitor
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What are the time limits for making a head injury compensation claim?What are the time limits for making a head injury compensation claim?

Typically, personal injury claims, including those for head injuries, must be initiated within three years of the accident or incident that led to the injury. 

There are some notable exceptions to this three-year time frame:

  • Children: for incidents involving children, claims can be initiated at any time before the child's 18th birthday. Following that, the child has until they turn 21 to bring their own claim.
  • Mental capacity: if you're acting on behalf of someone who doesn't possess the mental capacity to claim for themselves, the standard time constraints might not apply.
  • Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority: if your injuries are the result of a violent crime, you may be able to pursue a claim under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The time limit for this is generally two years.

The claims process takes time and each case is unique, presenting different challenges. The earlier we start building your case, the stronger your claim is likely to be. We encourage you to contact us as soon as possible to allow us to start working on your behalf and give you the best chance of making a successful claim.

What will head injury compensation cover? How much compensation can I claim?

Personal injury compensation is typically segmented into two main categories:

  • General damages address the pain, suffering and loss of amenity (the actual injuries you have suffered, whether they are physical or psychological) 
  • Special damages are particular to your case and can include items such as care and assistance, medical treatments and therapies, and lost earnings. This can be for the past and the future.

A precise estimate of the compensation you will be able to claim is impossible to pin down without first assessing your circumstances. Contact our solicitors as soon as you can, and we'll explore your situation to help you understand your case and what you may be able to claim.

How are head injury compensation claims funded?

We handle the majority of our personal injury claims, including those for head injuries, on a no win, no fee basis. Should we be successful, a pre-agreed portion of the final compensation award will contribute to covering your legal costs.

What to remember when making a head injury compensation claim

Your health and safety should be your top priority following an accident where you hit your head. Make sure to seek medical help even if you believe you’re fine - the effects of head injuries may not always appear obvious at first but can have serious consequences later down the line, especially if you’re not diagnosed. 

If you've sustained a head injury due to an accident, there are several steps you can take to improve your chances of obtaining the support and compensation you need:

  • Seek medical attention: medical records act as vital evidence in a compensation claim.
  • Report the accident: if your injury happened at work or in a public area, notify the relevant authorities or management. By doing so, you not only create a record of the incident but also potentially prevent similar accidents from happening to others in the future.
  • Take photographs: capture clear images of the accident scene or any factors that contributed to your injury. While it might not be your first thought, these photographs can significantly bolster your claim, even if they are taken at a later date.

Engaging with legal assistance isn't solely about financial recompense. It's a step towards making sure you have the right support mechanisms in place to enhance your recovery.

Why Switalskis?

Our solicitors are experts in their area. If you want to pursue a head injury compensation claim, we're here to guide you every step of the way, offering efficient and sensitive legal advice.

Clarity in complexity

While head injury claims might appear daunting, we believe in making the process simple. We're dedicated to translating complicated legal terms into straightforward language. We're here to address your concerns, break down the complex aspects of personal injury law and make sure you understand every phase of the claim process.

Empathy at every step

We strive to grasp the details of your situation. We want to hear your concerns, value your emotions and provide tailored advice that reflects your circumstances. To us, you're not just a client; you're someone navigating a challenging period of your life, and we're here to offer you support.

Expertise you can trust

Navigating a head injury compensation claim demands expertise and trust. With Switalskis, you're backed by years of experience and a consistent track record in managing diverse personal injury claims. We know the importance of obtaining compensation that will help continue your recovery and help you to move on with your life.

Championing your rights

Our team is driven to uphold your rights and make sure your voice is heard. We accompany you at every phase of the claims process to make sure you're informed to make decisions. Rely on us to transform a daunting ordeal into a pathway towards justice and recovery.

What are the types of personal injury claims?

Personal injury claims come in various shapes and sizes, each with its own set of rules, challenges and considerations. At Switalskis, we've got the expertise to handle a wide range of personal injury claims. Here's a quick rundown of the various types of personal injury claims we can help you with:

Find out how Switalskis can help you

To learn more about how we can help you, or to get your head injury claim started today, call us on 0800 1380 458 or get in touch with us through our website.

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