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For anyone who is exploring the possibility of making a head injury compensation claim in Liverpool or around Merseyside, you will benefit greatly from the legal advice and guidance of a qualified head injury solicitor. Here at Hampson Hughes Solicitors, we have an expert legal team nearby, with specialist Serious Injury Solicitors who will be able to help you to determine your legal options with regards to a claim.
There are obviously a wide range of possible head injuries, ranging from minor cuts and bruises through to serious types of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Around 150,000 people in the UK are admitted to hospital each year after sustaining a head injury. NHS guidelines are that head injuries may be difficult to specifically predict or avoid, but there are relevant steps to mitigate the risk of injury.
Where these risks were ignored and an injury has resulted from the negligence of another party, there may be cause for the injured person to make a compensation claim. With the guidance of an expert head injury solicitor in Liverpool, a claim can be made for an accident at home, in the workplace, a sports field or on the road.
In short, you may have cause to make a compensation claim for a head injury, provided the incident:
Successful head injury compensation claims have been brought against a range of parties, including:
If our Serious Injury Solicitors in Liverpool took on your claim, we would look to demonstrate that any head injury you sustained was due to the incident in question and that the defendant should be held legally accountable. This is what is required to succeed in a head injury compensation claim.
We can also help with ensuring you receive a full assessment on the severity of a head injury, as the medical support provided during a compensation claim can help with the overall compensation assessment. This process makes sure the injured party receives fair compensation for any support and/or care they require.
In the event that the brain injury was shown to be caused by incorrect medical care, misdiagnosis or a lack of medical care, this would class as an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and the claim – usually against a hospital or medical professional – would be handled by our expert Clinical Negligence team.
Many people think that if they have done something which may have contributed to their head injury, they’d have no right to a compensation claim. This is not necessarily true. Even if the claimant shares some of the responsibility with the other party, compensation could still be awarded in proportion to how specific blame is determined. This would be referred to as a split-liability agreement.
An example of split-liability in a head injury case could be where a work employee was supplied with protective headgear but was not wearing it at the time of the incident, or a cyclist injured on the road while not wearing a helmet. A split-liability agreement recognises that while the injured claimant may not be at fault for the accident that caused the head injury, they could have taken steps to mitigate the risk and/or reduce the extent of injury.
The compensation awarded for different head injuries varies greatly, with the value depending on impact, whether short-term or life-changing. For example, a facial injury such as breaking a nose or 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 greater):
(Parameters in line with the latest edition of the Judicial College Guidelines – 14th Edition, Sep 2017)
|Injury Type||Compensation Amount|
|Epilepsy||£48,080 to £115,130|
|Moderate to severe brain damage||£37,760 to £354,260|
|Broken jaw||£5,660 to £26,370|
|Broken cheekbone||£2,040 to £13,840|
|Minor brain or head injury||£1,760 to £10,180|
|Broken nose||£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 Liverpool and our team can chat over our legal services with you in more depth.
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Should we advise your claim is worth pursuing, and you choose our services, we will begin claim preparation.
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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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