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Head injury claims

Head injuries can vary greatly, from minor cuts, bruising and concussion, to the more serious head and brain injuries.

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Headway brain injury association reports that men are 1.6 times more likely than women to be admitted to hospital for a head injury.

If your head injury was the fault of someone else, you may have a claim for compensation. Our specialist advisers are available for a free initial chat to explore your options.  We offer a No Win No Fee service, so you won’t have to worry about paying any upfront costs.

Types of head 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 sporting accidents and medical negligence.  In a child they can be even more worrying, as the brain is still developing.

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

  • debilitating dizziness or headaches
  • concussion
  • affects to balance and general awareness
  • problems with vision
  • long-lasting or permanent disability, such as cognitive or memory problems
  • Psychological and personality changes.

Why make a claim for a head injury?

Simply put, if someone is responsible for the injury, you have the right to claim compensation.  The claim amount reflects the impact that the head injury has had on your life.  It can help with medical treatment, any ongoing costs, time off work for recovery and such things as travel expenses if you are unable to drive.
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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?

Assessing the extent and duration of a head injury can be quite an involved process, depending on your individual case.  Our specialist solicitors are experienced in the process of putting together the facts and medical evidence of your injuries, that allow us to proceed with your claim.  We’re there every step of the way.

Our No Win No Fee services mean there are no upfront costs and you are under no obligation to proceed unless you are happy to do so.

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

Every head injury claim is different.  While those with superficial injuries will likely make a full recovery; those with more serious damage may be left with permanent disabilities – the claim settlements will take that into consideration.

The severity of your injury is taken into account, together with recovery times and any continuing issues.  As a general example, Judicial College Guidelines recommend that minor injuries where full recovery is expected within a few weeks, are likely to get a couple of thousand pounds. Where the injury is more serious, with some persisting problems that may interfere with everyday lifestyle and work prospects, payouts may be between £13,430 and £37,760.

Our compensation calculator gives further examples on the amounts you could be entitled to claim.

Is there a time limit for making a head injury claim?

Head 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. 

If the injured person is a child, the three-year time limit doesn’t begin until their 18th birthday.  Where a person is considered mentally incapable of making important decisions there is generally no time 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?

Your first step is to get in touch for a chat – it’s absolutely free and there’s no obligation on your part to continue with a claim.  Our specialist advisers are here to give you advice and talk through your next options.  They can also tell you 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 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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How do I know whether I have a claim?

That's what we're here for! 

If you’ve had an accident and you’re not sure if you’re eligible to claim, then call us through the number at the top of the screen and speak to one of our specialist advisors.

We will give you free advice regarding your case and advise you on the potential of your claim, without obligation.

We believe in working honestly and with integrity – we don’t believe in raising expectations and we don’t encourage false claims.

To be eligible to make a compensation claim, there are three key conditions that your case will need to meet:

  • Your accident must have taken place during the last three years. Please note: different rules apply to industrial disease, medical negligence and criminal injury claims, or if you were under 18 when the accident happened.  We will advise accordingly in each of these cases.
  • There must be a person or organisation who is at fault for your accident.
  • Your injuries will have required medical treatment.

If you have any questions, or are unsure if your case meets these requirements, give us a call or complete our online claim form and we'll be in touch shortly.

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.

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.

 

How does No Win No Fee work?

If you win, our solicitors take a percentage of the final compensation up to 25%, and this will be discussed with you before the process begins so that there are no unexpected costs at the end. 

If you lose your case, you do not pay your solicitor any legal fees for the work they've carried out on your behalf.

How likely am I to win a No Win No Fee case?

It depends on the individual circumstances around your claim.

Our legal advisors, who are trained to the highest standard, will discuss the details of your case with you and assess how likely is it to succeed.

This is always discussed with you in your initial phone call so that your time is not wasted and you know where you stand straight away.

I've been injured. Can I make a No Win No Fee claim?

Yes, if the accident was not your fault, you may have a No Win No Fee claim.

By discussing your accident with one of our trained legal advisors we can assess whether you have a claim.  We will then be able to find a specialist solicitor to suit your needs.

Get in touch with us to find out more.

What percentage do solicitors take out of my compensation?

Our solicitors may take up to 25% of any compensation they win for you.

However, they will discuss the exact percentage that will be deducted prior to any work happening.

At this stage you are under no obligation to choose a First4Lawyers solicitor.  More about making a claim

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.

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