Over 1.4 million people every year attend their local Accident and Emergency Department, seeking treatment for a head injury. About 200,000 people will then be admitted to hospital, and 20% of those people (40,000) will subsequently be diagnosed with a serious brain injury or trauma.
It’s a deeply distressing experience, and in some cases it can sadly be a life-changing event for those affected. Head injuries are one of the most severe types of trauma that you can suffer; even relatively minor cases can result in long-term repercussions, which can end up having a dramatic impact on your home and family, your employment, and ultimately your quality of life.
We understand that all too well here at Farleys Solicitors. With 60 years of experience behind us, we know that sustaining a head injury often means you’ll have to deal with new costs, lifestyle changes, and other stressful factors, in addition to dealing with the pain of the injury itself.
However, these sorts of costs are exactly what head injury compensation claims are intended to cover, and you may be eligible for a head injury compensation claim in Manchester if your accident was the result of someone else’s negligence.
Pursuing a head injury claim in Manchester may seem daunting, but that’s where we can help at Farleys. Our head injury compensation claims solicitors concentrate on making everything as simple and straightforward as we can for you, sparing you from any unnecessary legal jargon, and taking care not to put you under any undue pressure to make a decision. Instead, our job is to listen, understand, and lay out your legal options in a clear and comprehensible way, so that you’ve got the freedom to make the choice that you feel is best for you.
Wherever possible, we’ll pursue your claim on a no-win, no-fee basis.
For your head injury compensation claim in Manchester to be successful, you’ll need to submit it within 3 years of the date of the incident, or from the ‘date of knowledge’. In case you need a quick refresher, ‘date of knowledge’ is a legal term which basically refers to the earliest point at which you became aware of any negative effects on your physical or mental health – specifically, ones that could be directly linked to your injury. Once this 3-year time limit has expired, you’re very unlikely to be able to then bring a claim. (There are sometimes exceptions, but these are exceedingly rare.)
If you sustained the injury in childhood, then you have three years to make a claim starting from the date of your 18th birthday.
Head injuries can be notoriously complex and difficult to treat, and their sometimes debilitating nature means that they often require extensive and costly rehabilitation treatment. What’s more, sadly a full recovery is not always possible, leaving those affected with life-changing consequences. These realities are typically reflected in the average head injury compensation payouts for claims in Manchester.
Here at Farleys, we know how difficult and distressing these situations can be if you’ve suffered a head injury yourself, and so we’re determined to do everything we can to make things go as smoothly and stress-free for you as possible. With decades of specialist legal expertise at our disposal, we’ll work closely with you to obtain a substantial financial settlement that helps you to better cope with the realities of your daily life, including getting the medical care and support that you deserve.
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 Manchester 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 Manchester head injury claims solicitors today on 01254 367853 or contact us by email to arrange an appointment.
As soon as you’re ready, you can trust us to be here to help at Farleys Solicitors. We’ve got decades of experience to our name, enabling us to identify all the possible routes forward for your case, and explain them to you in a clear, straightforward manner – free of any technical jargon or other unnecessary legal terminology. And of course, we’ll make sure to be compassionate and understanding throughout, as we focus ourselves on achieving the best possible outcome for you.
To make sure that everything goes as smoothly and efficiently as possible, it can help to tell us the answers to the following:
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?
Dizziness, headaches, and vision problems are some of the most well-known consequences of head injuries, but they’re far from the only symptoms. In fact, even mild head injuries can result in a huge range of possible complications, which can have significant knock-on effects on your mental and physical health.
Most importantly, the full extent of these repercussions might not be readily apparent for days, weeks or even months after the event, so before you take your first steps to making a head injury compensation claim in Manchester, you should first ensure that you’ve sought professional medical treatment from an appropriately qualified practitioner.
Even relatively mild head injuries can still incur a wide variety of distressing or debilitating symptoms, including:
If you’ve sustained a more critical head injury, the symptoms you suffer could accordingly be more painful, severe, or long term. In some cases, they may even be permanent. All this can take a significant toll on your physical and mental health, as well as your overall quality of life. (This is a large part of the reason why cases focused on more serious no-fault head injuries often involve higher amounts of compensation.)
The symptoms of more serious head injuries can include any that we’ve already outlined above, as well as one or more of the following:
How can head injury compensation help?
Head injuries can have notoriously complex repercussions on your physical and mental health, and it’s not unheard of for these consequences to last weeks, months, or even years into the future. (Sadly, sometimes the most severe types of head injuries can even have permanent consequences.)
This is where compensation can help. It might not provide the be-all and end-all to your issues, but it can take the pressure off with regards to the financial costs, especially those of continuing medical treatments or lifestyle changes. That can help give you back some valuable freedom and emotional energy to let you fully concentrate on your recovery.
The effects of even minor head injuries often means that sufferers require ongoing specialist care in order to regain (and retain) their quality of life. Some may be lucky enough that they only need this in the short term, whereas others may need it for a much larger proportion of their lives. (Sadly, some people may even end up with a lifelong requirement for specialist care.)
Depending on the specifics of your situation, you may be able to claim for all medical expenses, such as diagnostics, surgical and non-surgical procedures, hospital stays, and medication. This doesn’t apply solely to treatments that are available on the NHS – you may also be able to claim for services from private care providers, too.
Physiotherapy and speech therapy are just two examples of the sorts of specialist therapeutic treatments that you may need for effective treatment of your injury, and the good news is that they’re all the sorts of services that can be covered by head injury compensation claims in Manchester, too.
If you’ve had to make any one-off or regular trips to medical facilities or practitioners in the course of treatment for your injury, you may be able to claim compensation for the cost of these trips.
If you’ve been forced to take time off work because of your injury, you may be able to make a claim for reimbursement of lost earnings. And if your injury restricts your ability to return to full-time work, our head injury claims solicitors in Manchester will make sure to account for this when putting together your claim.
If your head injury has had a severe knock-on effect on your ability to take care of yourself, and you’ve had to hire outside help for assistance in daily life, you may be able to claim compensation for the cost of their services.
On a related note, if you’ve had to make any alterations to your home or living area to accommodate any change in your condition, then you can potentially claim renumeration for the cost of these alterations.
General damages include those for pain and suffering, loss of amenity etc. In other words, they’re damages for 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 may have a case for compensation to help you with the costs we’ve outlined above. For your claim to have the best possible chance of success though, it’s best to first take the time to ensure you’re properly prepared. Here’s what we recommend:
If you’re able, take pictures of the scene of the accident, including anything that may be relevant to how it was caused (such as wet floors, flimsy furniture, or unsecured fittings). You should also take detailed pictures of your own injuries, although you may need someone to help you with this bit.
Ask for the names and contact information of anyone who was present to witness your accident. They’ll be able to provide valuable testimony to back up your evidence for what happened, and vouch for its causes and circumstances.
This is an absolutely vital step. Before you do anything else, it’s important to ensure that you’ve received the appropriate medical care, whether that’s within a hospital setting, or through a visit to your GP or dentist. This is a critical step for several reasons. To start with, it can stop the pain or the injury itself from getting worse. What’s more though, it also generates an official record of your injuries, which can later prove invaluable in legal proceedings.
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