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If you or a loved one is looking at pursuing a head injury compensation claim in the Wirral area, it would be of great benefit to enlist an expert head injury solicitor on the Wirral, ready to provide trusted legal advice and possible representation of your claim. Hampson Hughes Solicitors provide a team of expert head injury solicitors to our clients on the Wirral, through our serious injury team who possess the experience and expertise to offer expert legal guidance for claims of this type.
Individuals can suffer a range of head injury types, from small cuts and bruises right through to a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). At present, over 150,000 people a year are admitted to UK hospitals in relation to a head injury. NHS guidelines make it clear that while it is difficult to predict and protect against specific head injuries, there are several key provisions that can be made in order to reduce possible injury risk.
In cases where such risks were not properly protected against, resulting in a person incurring a head injury due to negligence from another party, a victim should explore a head injury compensation claim. When you’ve made the step of finding an expert head injury solicitor in the Wirral area, you can begin a claim related to your accident and injury, whether it happened at work, a sports field, on the road or even in your home.
A head injury victim could begin a compensation claim if an incident:
Our track record is strong in such compensation claims, against parties including:
Hampson Hughes Solicitors offer a wealth of experience in this compensation claim type, allowing us to offer a team of serious injury solicitors to represent claims expertly for clients on the Wirral. In any case where we take on a client’s representation, we work hard to display that not only was a head injury suffered due to the incident in question, but that the situation is one where legal accountability should fall on a specific defendant.
Our team will also ensure the any head injury client we represent receives an expert medical assessment on the severity of any head injury they suffered. This assessment not only provides helpful medical advice to the head injury compensation claim, it can also support and inform a compensation assessment, ensuring any injured party receives fair compensation relating to the full scope of support and/or ongoing care they are in need of.
While it is true that the majority of head injury cases are handled by our serious injury solicitors, in cases where there is a brain injury caused by negligent actions from a medical professional – for example misdiagnosis, or surgical error – then this type of injury is classed as an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). In a claim of this type – usually made against a medical professional or facility – you receive expert legal representation from our Clinical Negligence team.
In this type of situation, most people assume that if the actions of a victim contributed to their suffering of a head injury, it will end their chances of claiming compensation. Often, this is not so, as even in cases where a claimant is deemed to share a measure of responsibility, there could still be the award of a compensation amount. An exact figure is determined in correlation to the level of specific blame that is apportioned, known as a ‘split-liability’ agreement.
Examples of such a situation could be where a worker is offered protective headgear but they were found to not be utilising the item when the incident took place. A split-liability agreement gives recognition that while the head injury claimant may not have been liable for the event where their head injury happened, they could have taken one or several steps that would have reduced the risk of injury and/or mitigated levels of harm suffered.
The compensation awarded for each type of head injury will vary, 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 more):
(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 the Wirral 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.
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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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