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A brain or head injury can be life-changing, both for the person who suffers the injury and their loved ones. Months or even years of medical treatment and rehabilitation can be needed for even relatively mild brain injuries and the most serious traumatic brain injuries can leave someone needing 24/7 care for the rest of their life.
Claiming compensation for a brain or head injury can’t make everything right, but it can fund the very best care and support, while allowing someone living with a brain or head injury the best possible quality of life. Therefore, if you believe you or a loved one may be entitled to brain or head injury compensation, it is well worth exploring further.
At Novum Law, we are specialists in brain and head injury compensation claims. Our expert team can:
- Advise on whether you are owed brain or head injury compensation
- Provide a realistic estimate of the potential damages achievable
- Guide you through the entire claims process
- Make getting brain or head injury compensation as simple and stress-free as possible
We offer No Win No Fee funding, (sometimes referred to as a Conditional Fee Agreement, or a CFA), taking away any worry about how to fund our services and removing any financial risk from pursuing a brain or head injury claim with Novum Law.
Need to make a claim on behalf of someone without the mental capacity to manage their own affairs? Our team are highly experienced in assisting the loved one’s of people who have suffered a brain injury, so we can guide you through the whole process with sensitivity and empathy.
Book a Free Consultation with Our Brain and Head Injury Lawyers in Bristol
If you believe you or a loved one are entitled to compensation, our brain and head injury lawyers in Bristol are here for you.
Our Expertise with All Types of Brain and Head Injury Claims
Our personal injury solicitors in Bristol are experts in dealing with all types of brain and head injury claims for adults, children and babies. These include those arising from:
- Child Brain and Head Injury
- Road Traffic Accidents
- Workplace Accidents
- Medical Negligence
- Sports Accidents
- Horse Riding Injury
- Accidents in a Public or Private Place
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
- Birth Injuries
- Serious Criminal Assault
- Cycling Accidents
- Accidents in Rented Accommodation
Take a look at our team to find out more about their individual areas of expertise.
Our Approach to Brain and Head Injury Compensation Claims in Bristol
You can take advantage of a free consultation with one of our specialist brain and head injury lawyers to explore the possibility of making a claim. This will normally take place by phone or via videoconferencing, but we can also work via email if that is more convenient.
This will be your chance to:
- Explain how your/your loved one’s brain or head injury occurred and its impact
- Find out if you may have grounds for a claim
- Get an estimate of the level of damages that may be achievable
- Learn how the claims process works
- Discover exactly what will happen next if you decide to move forward with a claim
This consultation is for your benefit and we want to reassure you that you will be placed under no pressure to pursue a claim. We recognise what a sensitive and personal issue this is, so our goal is simply to give you the information you need to make an informed choice that is right for you and your loved one.
No Win No Fee Brain and Head Injury Claims Funding
To ensure everyone can access our expertise, regardless of their circumstances, we offer Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs) to cover the cost of pursuing a brain or head injury claim. This is often referred to as ‘no win, no fee’.
With a No Win, No Fee brain or head injury claim, you avoid any financial risk as our fees will only be applied if we succeed in securing compensation. Should no compensation be awarded, you will not owe us anything. Where a claim does succeed, the majority of our fees areovered by the defendant.
Proving You Are Owed Brain or Head Injury Compensation
You will be able to claim compensation for a brain or head injury if both of the following apply:
- You/your loved one suffered a brain or head injury.
- Someone else was at fault for that injury (either through negligence or deliberate action e.g. a criminal assault).
Our Bristol brain and head injury solicitors have strong investigative skills when it comes to building clients’ cases and ensure all the necessary evidence is collected effectively and presented in the strongest way. This gives our clients the best chance of a successful claim.
Working Out How Much You Can Claim for a Brain or Head Injury
Our goal is to ensure that all aspects of the impact of your brain or head injury are considered when making a claim. The process for working this out is referred to as ‘assessing quantum’ or ‘assessing quantum of damages’.
Damages for a brain or head injury can cover:
- Financial costs you have incurred (e.g. medical bills, rehabilitation costs, care and support fees, lost earnings etc.)
- The non-financial impact of injuries (e.g. pain and suffering, loss of amenity etc).
Damages can be claimed both for the losses you have experienced to date (e.g. medical fees, lost wages) as well as expected future losses (e.g. reduced earning potential).
Settling a Brain or Head Injury Claim Out of Court
Even high value and complex claims can usually be resolved out of court by our expert team. This allows our clients to avoid court proceedings in most cases, saving them time and unnecessary stress and uncertainty.
Pursuing a Brain or Head Injury Compensation Claim in Court
Court proceedings may sometimes be needed to ensure fair compensation can be secured. In such cases, is it essential to have the best possible legal representation for your case and the right personal support for your wellbeing.
Our team will make sure you understand exactly what to expect and be there by your side every step of the way. We will ensure you have expert legal representation for any hearings that take place, so you can have full confidence that your case is being given the strongest chance of success.
Transferring Your Brain or Head Injury Claim to Novum Law From Another Firm
Sadly, we hear all too often from people who feel they have been let down by legal representatives from other law firms handling their brain or head injury claim. Common complaints include that a claim is taking too long or has stalled entirely, customer service is below their expectations, or that their current lawyers have agreed a settlement that does not meet the client’s needs.
If you find yourself in this situation, our brain and head injury solicitors will be happy to provide an independent second opinion and can take over your claim where appropriate. Experience shows that, when this happens, we are often able to get a significantly higher settlement and/or secure compensation faster for clients.
Time Limits for Brain and Head Injury Compensation Claims
You normally have three years to claim brain and head injury compensation. This is counted from the ‘date of knowledge’, which is the date when you were first aware that:
- You had suffered a brain or head injury.
- Someone else was to blame for your injury.
However, exceptions to this rule often apply in brain and head injury cases. This includes where:
The injured party lacks mental capacity – This means that there is no time limit for someone else to claim on their behalf.
The injured party is under 18 – A claim can be brought up until they turn 21.
Claiming Compensation for a Loved One Who Has Suffered a Brain or Head Injury
Where someone has suffered a brain or head injury, they may lack the mental capacity to pursue a compensation claim themselves. If this is the case, it may be necessary for a loved one to take on the process of making a claim on behalf of the injured party. This is referred to as being a ‘litigation friend’.
We appreciate that this is a serious responsibility that many people might find over-whelming. However, our brain and head injury solicitors are highly experienced in guiding litigation friends through the claims processes, explaining exactly how this works and everything that you need to do.
While there is no time limit to claim brain or head injury compensation on behalf of someone who lacks capacity, we recommend not delaying as the sooner a claim is started, the sooner your loved one will be able to get the support they need.
Claiming Compensation Where a Loved One Has Died Due to a Brain or Head Injury
If a loved one has sadly died due to a brain or head injury, compensation can obviously never make up for this. However, it can make a huge difference to the lives of those left behind, including providing financial security.
Our team regularly assists the families of those who have suffered a fatal brain or head injury. We can provide representation for coroner’s inquests to help you get answers about what happened, as well as advising on whether you may be able to claim compensation.
Depending on your situation, it may be possible to claim for:
- Funeral expenses
- The loss of the deceased’s income
- Loss of services provided by the deceased (e.g. personal care support)
- Normal household costs
- Medical costs
- Childcare costs
Have a Question About Claiming Brain or Head Injury Compensation?
Book Your Free Consultation With Our Brain and Head Injury Solicitors in Bristol
If you believe you or a loved one are entitled to compensation, our brain and head injury solicitors in Bristol are here for you.