Every year, around 1.4 million people attend their local Accident and Emergency Department with a head injury. Around 200,000 people will be admitted to hospital, and about one in five of those people will be diagnosed with a serious brain injury or trauma.
Head injuries are one of the most serious forms of injury you can suffer, and even relatively mild injuries of this nature can result in long-term symptoms that can have a major impact on your quality of life.
If you’ve suffered a head injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, then you may be able to make a head injury claim in Accrington for compensation.
Head injuries can occur in all sorts of circumstances, including:
We understand that pursuing a claim can seem daunting, which is why we do everything we can to make it easier here at Farleys Solicitors. Our specialist solicitors take care to put you at ease, and don’t bury you under legal jargon. Instead, we lay out your available legal options in a way that’s clear and easy to understand, so you can decide on the best path forward for you.
Wherever possible, we’ll pursue your claim on a no-win, no-fee basis.
If you plan to make a head injury claim in Accrington, you must do so within 3 years from the date of the accident, three years from your 18th birthday (if it happened when you were a child), or from the ‘date of knowledge’. This last one is a legal term which refers to the earliest point at which you became aware of a tangible effect on your physical or mental health. Once this 3-year time limit has expired, you will be unable to bring a claim (with very few exceptions).
The complex and sometimes debilitating nature of head injuries mean that they often require extensive and costly rehabilitation treatment. What’s more, in some cases it’s not always possible for the sufferer to make a full recovery. These realities are typically reflected in the amount of compensation such injuries involve.
We’re here to help at Farleys Solicitors. When you make a head injury claim in Accrington, we’ll work with you to obtain a substantial financial settlement that reflects the realities of your own circumstances, and ensures that you receive the quality of medical care and support that you need.
Here’s a rough guideline to the levels of compensation that may be involved:
Wherever possible, Farleys will pursue your claim on a ‘no win no fee’ basis.
We are a friendly, trusted, and straight-talking local firm with over 60 years of experience in serving clients in Accrington and across the North West. Our solicitors draw upon a wealth of knowledge and industry-specific expertise in order to answer all of your most pressing questions regarding head injury claims.
For free initial advice on pursuing a claim, feel free to get in touch with our Accrington head injury claims solicitors today on 01254 367853 or contact us by email to arrange an appointment.
At Farleys Solicitors, you can trust us to be here to help. With decades of experience behind us, we take care to make everything as clear and simple as we can, sparing you from any unnecessary legal jargon. Above all, we’re passionate about achieving the best outcome for you.
To ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible, it can help for you to make a note of:
When your accident happened.
The details of any medical treatment you’ve had.
Whether or not you’re suffering pain, and if not, when it stopped.
Whether you’ve had to take any time off work.
How your daily life has changed.
What adaptations (if any) have you had to make to your accommodation or living situation?
What are the common symptoms of a head injury?
Head injuries can greatly vary in severity, from bruising and minor lacerations to concussion, a fractured skull, or a brain injury. Even minor head injuries should never be underestimated, as they can have serious effects on your physical and mental health. What’s more, these effects may not become immediately obvious, so if you’ve suffered a head or brain injury, make sure to seek appropriate medical care before you make a head injury claim in Accrington.
Even relatively mild head injuries can still incur a wide variety of distressing or debilitating symptoms, including:
The most severe types of head injuries can have even more long-lasting (and sometimes permanent) effects on your health and your overall quality of life. Therefore, more serious head injuries naturally tend to entail higher amounts of head injury compensation. The symptoms can involve any of the ones we’ve already outlined above, in addition to any of the following:
How can head injury compensation help?
Compensation from head injury claims in Accrington can help to reduce the stress and suffering that you’ve endured as a direct result of your injury. Crucially, it can help alleviate the costs of any medical treatments, lifestyle changes, or extra amenities you may need in order to focus on your recovery.
These may include:
It’s not unusual for people with head injuries to need specialist intervention in order to regain and retain their quality of life in the long term. (In some cases, it may even be a lifelong requirement.)
Therefore, if you’re receiving treatment for a no-fault head injury, you can claim for all medical expenses, including but not limited to: diagnostics, surgical and non-surgical procedures, hospital stays, and medication. You can also seek compensation for any medical assistance that’s not covered by the NHS.
Compensation from head injury claims in Accrington can also cover any specialist rehabilitative care you might need, including physiotherapy, speech therapy, or any other kind of therapeutic treatment.
You can potentially be reimbursed for the cost of any trips you’ve had to make because of your injury, such as regular visits to the hospital, or visiting specialist medical practitioners (such as physiotherapists).
If you’ve been forced to take any time off work due to your injury, you can choose to make a claim for loss of earnings. If you’re subsequently unable to return to work, our head injury claims solicitors in Accrington will make sure to take your future earning potential into account.
If your injury affects your ability to care for yourself, and you’ve subsequently been forced to hire a care-giver to assist you, you can claim compensation for the help they provide.
Similarly, if you’ve had to make any alterations to your home or environment in order to accommodate a change in your condition, you can claim recompense for the cost of these alterations.
These are damages for the pain and suffering, loss of amenity etc – that is, the injury itself.
What should I do if I have had a head injury?
If you’ve suffered a head injury that wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to compensation. However, before you launch your claim in earnest, it’s worth taking a moment to prepare your case by first doing the following:
If possible, take pictures of the scene of the accident, including the cause of it, and the object you may have been struck by. You should also take detailed pictures of your injuries. (You may need help with this bit.)
Ask for the names and contact information of anyone who witnessed your accident, and can vouch for the circumstances of what caused it – including all the people or objects involved.
This is a particularly important step – it’s vital to get proper care for your injury from the appropriate providers, whether that’s a hospital visit or a general practitioner or a dentist. It can help stop the injury or the pain getting worse, while at the same time generating an official record of your injuries, which can prove invaluable in legal proceedings.
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