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How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Head Injury?

By Danielle Jordan. Last Updated 4th December 2023. Welcome to our guide on claims for head injury compensation. We understand it can be frustrating when you sustain an injury due to someone else’s negligence. However, if they failed to uphold the duty of care they owed you causing you harm as a result, you could claim compensation for a head injury.

In this guide, we will provide information on putting forward a valid personal injury claim. We’ll also provide information on the steps you can take to build a strong case.

Additionally, we’ll look at common symptoms of a head or brain injury and provide examples of scenarios that could lead to a successful compensation claim. Also, we will highlight when it may be appropriate to seek medical advice for a head injury.

Furthermore, we’ll discuss the different ways someone’s negligence could cause an accident resulting in a head injury compensation claim.

Most importantly, we’ll explore the question ‘how much is a brain injury claim worth?’ to give you an idea of what your compensation settlement may comprise.

However, if you still have any questions about brain injury claims, or you’d like to get the process started, simply:

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  1. Head Injury Compensation Amounts
  2. Can I Make A Head Injury Claim?
  3. What Causes An Injury To The Head Or Brain?
  4. Top Tips For Proving Head Injury Claims
  5. Claim For A Head Injury With A No Win No Fee Solicitor
  6. Learn More About Making A Head Injury Claim

Head Injury Compensation Amounts

There are two types of compensation that you could seek in your brain injury compensation claim.

The first is compensation for your pain and suffering. This amount would be referred to as general damages. To support your claim, you could present medical evidence of the extent of your head or brain injuries and personal testimony that could show the effect of your head injury to your life.

We cannot show you an exact figure for what you would be awarded as this would be determined by your personal circumstances. However, for illustration purposes, we can show you compensation brackets compiled from previous claims for a minor head injury up to very severe brain damage. These compensation brackets are taken from a document called the Judicial College Guidelines except for the first entry.

Injury Type Notes Amount
Multiple serious injuries plus financial losses. Serious multiple injuries, both physical and psychological, with special damages such as a loss of earnings. Up to £1,000,000+
Brain and Head Injury – Very Severe Little to no meaningful response to environment, no language function, and full-time care is required. £282,010 to £403,990
Brain and Head Injury – Moderately Severe Very serious disability, with a substantial need for constant, professional care. £219,070 to £282,010
Brain and Head Injury – Moderate (i) Moderate to severe intellectual deficit, personality change, and no prospect of employment. £150,110 to £219,070
Brain and Head Injury – Moderate (ii) Greatly lowered ability to work, moderate to severe intellectual deficit, with a risk of epilepsy. £90,720 to £150,110
Brain and Head Injury – Moderate (iii) Reduced employability, issues with memory and concentration, and a small risk of epilepsy. £43,060 to £90,720
Brain and Head Injury – Less Severe A good recovery will have been made, with the ability to return to work and normal life. £15,320 to £43,060
Brain and Head Injury – Minor Little to no brain damage. Several factors will affect how much is awarded, including severity of the initial injury, continuing symptoms and presence of headaches. £2,210 to £12,770

We offer information about the other forms of compensation for your traumatic brain injury or head injury you could seek in the following section. Our advisers are available to speak to you directly about how to start a claim for brain injuries, and the compensation you could seek.

What Are Special Damages In A Head Injury Claim?

As part of the claims process, you are entitled to seek reimbursement for any past or future financial losses under special damages. Below is a list of expenses and financial losses that can be compensated for as part of brain injury compensation claims:

Please note, you will need to provide evidence to support your claim for any financial losses. For example, you could provide payslips to highlight any lost wages or receipts for any travel expenses.

Can I Make A Head Injury Claim?

You may be able to claim head injury compensation if you meet the eligibility criteria. For personal injury claims, you must prove:

  • A third party, such as an occupier, road user, or employer, owed you a duty of care.
  • This duty of care was breached by the third party.
  • You suffered your head or brain injury because of this breach.

The points above form the basis of negligence in claims for a personal injury. If you can demonstrate that negligence occurred, you may be able to seek compensation for the harm you sustained. Evidence can help support your claim. This can include medical records and pictures of your injuries as well as the accident. 

It’s also important to make sure that you start a head injury compensation claim in time, as there’s usually a time limit for taking such action.

You can learn more about the time limit for starting a brain injury claim and evidence that can support this type of claim further on in this guide. To speak to an advisor about your eligibility to claim, call using the number above.

How Long Do I Have To Make A Head Injury Claim?

The general time limit you have to begin a claim is 3 years from the date of the injury or the date you become aware of your injury. The latter is known as the date of knowledge and needs to be supported by evidence.

The time limit can be found in the Limitation Act 1980. In some cases, however, it can be possible to start a claim later than this. For instance, if children sustain brain injuries, claims are not subject to a time limit until the child reaches 18 years old. Before this date, only a litigation friend may claim on their behalf, but they can do so without the constraint of a time limit.

The rules are similar if you are claiming compensation for a traumatic brain injury on behalf of someone with a reduced mental capacity. The time limit also only begins if a recovery is made. A litigation friend must be appointed if not.

Get in touch today to find out more about the time limits that could apply to brain injury compensation claims.

What Causes An Injury To The Head Or Brain?

There are various types of accidents that could cause someone to sustain an injury to the head. Subsequently, there are many reasons for brain injury compensation claims to be made. We have explored some examples of these in the sections below.

Head Injury At Work Claim

All employers have a duty of care to take all reasonable steps to prevent you from experiencing harm. In Great Britain, this duty is established in The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. This outlines the employer’s responsibilities to ensure that the work environment, facilities and equipment are safe enough to be used without causing harm.

Failure to uphold their duty of care could result in an accident at work causing someone to hurt their head. For example, an employer of a construction site may have failed to provide you with a safety helmet, where it was necessary and reasonable to do so. As a result, you may have sustained a skull fracture caused by falling debris.

Alternatively, you could have fallen down the stairs at work due to a spillage that hadn’t been cleaned up or signposted.

Another example could involve items being improperly stored on shelving, leading to them falling and you suffering an injury in a warehouse accident.

Road Traffic Accident

Each road user has a responsibility to ensure they take all reasonable steps to prevent others using the road from experiencing harm. In the UK, every road users’ duty of care is outlined in The Highway Code.

However, in some cases, there is a failure to uphold this duty. For example, you could hit your head in a car accident or cycling accident as the result of another road user’s negligence.

A more specific example may be that a driver fails to check their mirrors before overtaking on a narrow lane. As a result, they may have knocked a cyclist off their bike because they failed to leave enough space, causing them to sustain a severe head injury.

The Highway Code was updated on 29 January 2022. To read more about the changes made, refer to the Government website.

Public Place Accidents

A slip, trip or fall accident could occur in various environments, including public places. As per the Occupiers Liability Act 1957, the person in control of a public space is responsible for taking reasonable steps to prevent members of the public from sustaining harm.

For example, the council should carry out regular risk assessments to ensure they are aware of any hazards and take reasonable action to either remove or control the hazard. Failing to do so could mean they fail to fix a defective maintenance hole in a reasonable time causing someone to fall down the hole and hit their head.

If you have experienced a similar type of accident that caused you harm, you may be eligible to make a minor brain injury compensation claim or seek head injury compensation. The amount of compensation you could receive for a brain injury claim will depend on many factors, including the severity of the injury and how it has impacted your daily life.

For more information, call our team, they can discuss the details of your specific case to check you’re eligible to claim.

Top Tips For Proving Head Injury Claims

You might be wondering what steps you could take if you want to start a brain injury claim. Firstly, straight after the accident, you should prioritise getting the medical treatment you require for your injury. If you experienced your head injury at work, then you should check that the accident has been reported if you were unable to do so yourself.

After receiving treatment for your injury, you should then start gathering evidence as soon as possible such as:

  • Photographs of your injury and the accident site. This can highlight the extent of your injuries.
  • CCTV footage, if available. This can show the series of events that led to the accident and, in doing so, potentially highlight the liable party. Dash cam footage could also be used if you’re making a road traffic accident claim.
  • Medical evidence, such as copies of scans or notes from the doctor who treated your injury. This can provide details on your prognosis and diagnosis.
  • Witness statements. You can take contact details of any witnesses. They can be contacted as part of the claims process to give statements detailing what happened.

You can also arrange to get legal advice by contacting a personal injury solicitor. We recommend getting in touch with a solicitor who has previous experience in handling head or brain injury claims.

If you contact our advisors about your case, then a member of our team could potentially connect you with one of our personal injury solicitors. To learn more about how we can help, contact our team online or on the phone today.

Claim For A Head Injury With A No Win No Fee Solicitor

One of our experienced solicitors may be able to help you with your brain injury claim. They have experience with negotiating head injury compensation payouts for their clients, as well as guiding them through the claiming process.

Additionally, one of our No Win No Fee solicitors may offer to support your claim under a Conditional Fee Agreement. With this in place, you will not be expected to pay your solicitor anything for their work upfront or while your claim is progressing. Should your claim not succeed, you will not need to pay them for their services.

Alternatively, your solicitor will be owed a success fee should they succeed with your case. This fee will be directly taken from your compensation as a legally limited percentage.

Get in touch if you have any questions about the average compensation for brain injury in the UK, or if you would like to connect with our No Win No Fee solicitors. Here’s how you can contact us:

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