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Head and brain injury claims

Going through a head or brain injury is a very traumatic experience that leaves you, or a loved one, with a head or brain injury is something none of us could imagine. It is potentially a life-changing injury from which you need to recover, emotionally as well as physically, before planning and thinking about the future.

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Headway report that around 1 million people a year, in the UK, attend A&E with head injuries.  Approximately 130,000 of those will have injuries serious enough that they need admitting to hospital.

Yet many are unaware that they have the right to claim compensation if the injury was due to the negligence of someone else.  Get in touch with our specialist advisers for a free chat to explore your options – it might be just the help you need.  We offer a No Win No Fee service, so you won’t have worry about paying any upfront costs.

Types of head and brain injury

Head injuries can be caused in many different ways, such as road accidents, trips and falls, personal assault, an accident at work or even medical negligence.

Trauma and impact of blows to the head can result in brain damage or head injuries of varying severity, including:

  • debilitating headaches
  • concussion
  • affects to balance
  • problems with vision
  • long-lasting or permanent disability, such as brain damage, cognitive and memory problems
  • changes to your personality

Why make a head or brain injury claim?

Your first priority is always going to be treatment and recovery, but with our support you can start to think about how you, or your loved one, will manage everyday needs going into the future.

The simple fact is, if someone is responsible for the injury, you have the right to claim compensation.  A head injury settlement amount can be extremely helpful in making life that bit easier. It can help pay for tests, medical costs and ongoing treatments, as well as any equipment or home alterations you need to aid your recovery and make life as comfortable as possible. 
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How the claim process works

Get in touch

You can contact us 24/7 online or by phone, or use our callback form to request a callback at a time convenient to you

Discuss your situation

One of our friendly, legally trained advisors will get in touch with you. They will assess whether you have a claim and match you with the right solicitor for the case

Manage your claim

Our specialist No Win No Fee solicitors will then manage the entire claim from start to finish, helping you get the justice and compensation you deserve

How can First4Lawyers help?

Our advisers have many years’ experience. They are a friendly bunch and will listen to and understand your situation, before explaining your options to you and putting you in touch with a head and brain injury solicitor.

Our No Win No Fee services (also known as a conditional fee agreement) means there are no upfront costs and you are under no obligation to proceed until you are ready to do so.

How much will I receive for a head or brain injury compensation claim?

Every head and brain injury compensation claim is unique.  While many people will make a full recovery, there are those that will be left with permanent disability, so it’s a complex process.

The severity of your injury is taken into account, together with the impact on your life and what your future needs are likely to be.  As a general example, Judicial College Guidelines recommend awards from £1,940 to £11,200 for minor brain or head injury, whereas more severe brain damage can receive payments of over £130,000.

Time limits for making a head or brain injury claim?

Head or brain injury claims usually need to be made within three years of the date of an accident or incident. If your injury is from a physical assault you have two years from the date of the attack. 

However, there are a few exceptions to the rule.  Children, for example, have three years from their 18th birthday to claim, and where a person is considered mentally incapable of making important decisions there is no limit.

First4Lawyers will be able to advise you on your individual circumstances, just get in touch using the callback or phone numbers at the top of the screen.

I think I have a claim, what do I do next?

Get in touch with us for a free, initial chat about your head or brain injury compensation claim.  We are happy to give you advice and talk through your next options without any obligation on your part.  We will also let you know about our No Win No Fee service – just use our online claim form, give us a call, or request a callback at the top of the screen.

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Frequently asked questions

Can I claim if I've been injured by a physical assault?

Yes. If you’ve been injured in a violent crime you have every right to make a claim for compensation, even if the attacker is unknown or found not guilty.

This is done through the government-backed Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). Incidents resulting in your injury will need to have been reported to the police and meet certain criteria set out by the CICA.

We can guide you through this process and explain the criteria set out by the CICA, so you can feel better prepared before you contact them.

Can I claim if my accident happened while I was abroad?

Yes, you can still claim if you had an accident while abroad.  But it can be more complex due to varying laws in other countries.

Accidents abroad are very common and can happen to anyone. Some of the most common accidents can include things such as suffering food poisoning from the hotel restaurant, slipping on a wet floor in a hotel or tripping over on a poorly-maintained footpath.

Other scenarios you may be able to claim compensation for include: sport-related accidents from using damaged, faulty or poorly-maintained equipment, sustaining an injury during an arranged excursion and road traffic accidents (including accidents when travelling as a passenger in a car, coach or taxi).

Those who booked their trip with a travel agent or as part of a package holiday are more likely to be able to claim against the travel company once returning to the UK, as opposed to the services used abroad (such as a hotel or restaurant).

At First4Lawyers, we work with solicitors who are experienced in making claims for accidents that have happened abroad, for people who were either on holiday or travelling on a business trip. Contact us for a no-obligation chat.

Can I get compensation even if no one was convicted?

Yes, you can still claim compensation even if the person responsible for the criminal assault isn’t convicted or brought to justice.

You can do this through the government-backed Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

 

Can I call you for free advice?

Yes, our team of friendly experts are more than happy to help, and will answer any questions you have regarding a claim, even if you’re unsure whether you’re eligible.

Contact us for a free and confidential discussion.

How long will a claim take?

The length of time it will take to make your claim depends on your individual circumstances.

Every case is different, so it’s very difficult to say at the early stages how long the process will be from start to finish.

Once your solicitor has completed their initial investigations into your case, they will be in a better position to advise you on how long the process is likely to take.

To give you a very general idea:

  • For a personal injury claim like minor whiplash, for example, the process could be completed in about six months.
    But in more complex cases, such as claims involving a trip, slip or fall, it could take over a year to be settled.
    The process could also be longer if the defendant disputes your claim. 

  • Claiming for a work accident could be between six and nine months. But if the injury is more severe, or there are legal complexities, it could take longer.

  • Medical negligence cases tend to take longer as they can be complex with multiple factors and evidence.  A rough estimate would be 18-26 months.

Or you could contact one of our advisors to discuss your situation.

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Can I make a claim online?

Yes, you can either start your claim online, or by calling us using the number at the top of the screen.

If you want to start your claim now, simply enter a few details into our online claim form, and one of our legal advisors will call you back to discuss your claim in more detail.

When completing the form, you’ll need to describe the type of accident you’ve been involved in, for example: road traffic accident, slip, trip or fall, medical negligence etc. (you can select the appropriate option from a drop down menu).

You should also write a brief description of your accident, including details on what happened and when, if you were injured in the accident and what your injuries were. This helps us to understand the nature of your accident, so that one of our experts will be able to advise you on your next steps.

We’ll also need a few contact details, including your full name, telephone number as well as an alternative telephone number (in case we’re unable to reach you). You can also include your email address, if you’d prefer us to email you with further details.

Let us know what time it’s best for us to call you back - we understand that it’s not always convenient for you to talk, so we'll call at that pre-arranged time, when you'll be expecting us.

Making a claim online will help to save you time and will ensure that you receive a phone call back from us as soon as possible. During the call, we will ask you a few questions about your accident and advise you if you’re eligible to make a claim, and if so, what you can do next.

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Can I claim against a family member?

Yes, you can. Claiming against relatives may seem unthinkable in any circumstance, but if you have suffered an injury that has prevented you from working or affected your life, you’re entitled to claim compensation.

One example that often arises is road accidents, where a family member was driving and could be held responsible for your injuries.

We understand that making a claim through a family member’s insurance is a difficult position to be in, but with the help of our solicitors, we promise to make the whole process as painless as possible.

If you need to claim through a relative’s insurance to help pay for the costs of your injuries, we will be there to help you throughout the negotiation stage with sensitivity and understanding.

Can I be compensated for losses as well as my injury?

Yes, you may be entitled to compensation for losses other than your personal injury.

A personal injury claim is split into two parts: general damages and special damages.

  • General damages are paid for the pain and suffering and emotional distress from your physical injury.
  • Special damages relate to damaged belongings or financial losses resulting from the injury.

 

Will I have to attend a medical?

Yes, you’ll need to have a medical examination to make a personal injury claim.

It's to provide proof that your injury was caused by the accident and to allow your solicitors to value your claim.

How do you select your solicitors?

We work with an extensive panel of impartial and fully-qualified solicitors.

At First4Lawyers, we make sure you get the very best help available, which is why we screen all solicitors working with us by checking their credentials and qualifications and ensuring that they are registered with the Solicitors Regulation Authority and that they have a valid SRA number.

We pride ourselves on our Standards of Service, and as such, every solicitor on our panel must abide by our high standards.

It’s important to us to make your claims process as easy and accessible as possible, and we have a large range of solicitors who work with us throughout the country.

Above all else, we make it a priority that the solicitor working on your case has the relevant expertise to make your claim, so you can rest assured that your claim is in safe hands at all times.

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