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Head Injury

Head injuries are serious and can have a significant effect on the lives of the individual and his or her family. If you’re suffering from a head injury after an accident that wasn’t your fault, or you know someone who is, a financial settlement could help a great deal with the physical and emotional recovery.

If you think you might be due compensation for what happened to you, we recommend that you get in touch with a reputable firm of personal injury lawyers as soon as you can. A three-year time limit applies in most cases, starting from the date of the accident, so it’s important to act quickly.

We understand that this can be a very confusing and upsetting time, that’s why our team of experienced and compassionate solicitors aim to make the process clear and stress-free. Our dedicated team will fight for your, or your loved one’s, legal rights and will work hard to get you the best possible outcome.   

Types of head injury

Head injuries cover any damage to the scalp, skull or brain. These include:

  • Minor injuries, where the head is cut or bruised.
  • Concussion, where the individual experiences temporary loss of mental function after a sudden blow to the head.
  • Open injuries, where the skull is fractured and the brain is damaged by an object that penetrates the head.
  • Closed injuries, where a violent force causes the brain to shake.

The effects of head injuries vary significantly. However, all types, whether they’re considered minor or serious, can have a significant impact on the individual. The effects can include poor concentration, memory loss, seizures, sight or speech problems and reduced muscle control.

Any kind of accident can result in a head injury, including accidents on the road, at work and while playing sports. Trauma to the scalp, skull or brain can also occur because of medical negligence, a physical assault, or a slip, trip or fall. 

Compensation and head injuries

As the circumstances in each case are different, there’s no fixed amount of compensation given for head injuries. The more serious the injury and the bigger the impact it has on the individual’s life, the higher the settlement is likely to be. Brain injuries – which are categorised as ‘catastrophic’ – usually result in substantial payouts to reflect the severe and often permanent consequences.

As a guide, minor head injuries, including lacerations and bruising, can attract settlements up to £3,000. At the other end of the scale, serious brain injuries can lead to an award of between £214,000 and £307,000. 

You can find out more about compensation for catastrophic injuries on our Paralysis & Brain Injury Accidents page, and get an indication of the amounts awarded for head injuries with our Compensation Calculator.

How do I claim for compensation?

The first step is to contact a firm of personal injury lawyers with an excellent reputation in dealing with your type of injury. Here at Kerr Brown, we’ll have a confidential discussion with you about the nature of your injury and how it happened, and get back to you without delay to let you know whether you can claim for compensation. If we think you have a case, we’ll explain to you clearly what to expect from the compensation process, and will be happy to answer any of your questions.

If you decide to go ahead, we’ll begin to gather evidence to present to the insurance company of the party responsible for your injury. This can include medical reports, witness statements, photographs, evidence of loss of earnings and receipts (for example for treatment, rehabilitation and changes made to your home). We’ll keep you up to date with the progress of your claim and provide support throughout. If we can’t negotiate a satisfactory settlement with the insurers, we can take your case to court. We’ll persist to get you the result you deserve.

Contact Kerr Brown’s Head Injury Solicitors Glasgow, Scotland

If you’re suffering from a head injury that was caused by someone else’s negligence, expert personal injury professionals like Kerr Brown can help you get suitable compensation. We know that after an incident like this you just want to focus on getting better. A financial settlement that reflects the seriousness of your injury can help you to cope with what’s happened to you, both physically and emotionally, and get your life back.

Our compassionate team have helped many clients who’ve suffered from a head injury to receive the maximum award they’re entitled to. If you want to find out if you can claim for compensation, speak to our friendly and professional team today on 0808 278 6785 or contact us via our online contact form.