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For any person in or around Birmingham who is considering making a compensation claim with regards to a head injury, your most important initial step is to select an expert head injury solicitor who is able to provide reliable legal guidance and representation. Hampson Hughes Solicitors can offer such head injury solicitors to our clients in Birmingham, as our experienced serious injury team provide expert legal support on this type of claim.
There are a wide range of possible head injuries, ranging from small cuts or bruises, right up to sustaining a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Currently, around 150,000 people each year have to be admitted to a UK hospital due to a head injury. Currently, the NHS guidelines state that while it is tough to specifically predict and avoid head injuries, at the same time there are a number of key steps that can be made to reduce any injury risk.
Should it be suspected that such risks were not adequately protected against, and that it resulted in someone suffering a head injury due to negligence by another party, then the head injury victim should look into pursuing a claim for compensation. As soon as you enlist a trusted head injury solicitor operating in the Birmingham area, a claim can be made related to your accident, whether at work, on a sports field, the road or even at home.
The victim of a head injury could have cause to claim compensation if an incident:
We have a track record of such compensation claims, won against such parties as:
The fact that Hampson Hughes Solicitors have extensive experience in this type of compensation claim leaves our serious injury solicitors in Birmingham in the ideal position to represent your claim. Should we take on your representation, we make it our endeavour to display that as well as any head injury incurred being because of the incident in question, that it is also a situation where a specific defendant should face legal accountability.
We will also make sure that any of our head injury clients are given an expert assessment on the seriousness of their head injury. The medical assessment portion of a head injury compensation claim not only provides helpful clinical advice, it can also add weight to a compensation assessment, allowing the injured party to receive the full and fair compensation in relation to any support and/or ongoing care they may require.
While the majority of head injury claims are covered by our serious injury solicitors, there may be cases where a brain injury has been caused by the negligence of a medical professional, whether in misdiagnosis, a surgical error or another area. Such an injury is known as an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), with this claim type – usually against a medical facility or professional – delivered by the expert legal guidance of our Clinical Negligence team.
Many people assume that if an action of a victim may have contributed to their head injury, it would end their opportunity to claim compensation. This is often not the case, as even where a claimant is found to have some measure of responsibility, a compensation amount could still be awarded. This figure would be determined in direct correlation to the level to which specific blame is apportioned, in what is termed ‘split-liability’ agreements.
Such a scenario could be an employee being offered protective headgear, but then not making use the item at the moment of the incident. In such a split-liability agreement, the ruling recognises that while an injured claimant may not be liable for the specific event where the head injury occurred, they could still have taken one or more specific steps in order to reduce the risk of injury and/or mitigate the level of possible harm.
The compensation awarded for different head injuries can differ greatly, with amounts depending on impact, whether short-term or life-changing. For example, a facial injury such as breaking a cheekbone brings one level of compensation, while a serious brain injury, often bringing long-term harm, brings higher compensation amounts.
The table below features the typical compensation amounts for a few of the most common head injury claims: (total settlements factoring in treatment costs and other associated losses are often considerably more):
(Parameters in line with the latest edition of the Judicial College Guidelines – 14th Edition, Sep 2017)
|£48,080 to £115,130
|Moderate to severe brain damage
|£37,760 to £354,260
|£5,660 to £26,370
|£2,040 to £13,840
|Minor brain or head injury
|£1,760 to £10,180
|£1,500 to £4,470
In the event that you or a loved one has suffered a head injury and are looking into beginning a legal claim, you can get in touch with our Serious Injury or Clinical Negligence legal teams today. They are available by email, web enquiry form, or telephone on 0151 236 1222. Hampson Hughes Solicitors offers the expertise of our head injury solicitors to clients around Birmingham and our team can chat over our legal services with you in more depth.
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Each case will have its own individual elements to consider, but the general process for pursuing a compensation claim with Hampson Hughes involves the following steps.
Once you get in touch, we can offer you a free consultation with the relevant specialist solicitor for your case.
Should we advise your claim is worth pursuing, and you choose our services, we will begin claim preparation.
We will help you to access and obtain all of the required medical evidence in support of your compensation claim.
Once we have submitted the claim to the defendant, we can begin negotiations on reaching a settlement.
Should no settlement be reached, your claim will proceed to court with a view to obtaining a favourable settlement.
Should your claim be successful and compensation be awarded, you should receive it within 14-28 days.
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