A brain or head injury is one of the most serious injuries you can suffer, with the potential for lifelong consequences for your health, wellbeing, ability to earn a living and more. Many people are left needing significant medical treatment and rehabilitation, while the most serious traumatic brain injuries result in the need for ongoing 24/7 care.
Compensation may not be able to undo all of the damage a brain or head injury has caused, but it can make a real difference to the level of care and support received, and the claimant’s overall quality of life.
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
- Help seek justice for those responsible
We offer No Win No Fee funding, sometimes referred to as a Conditional Fee Agreement, or a CFA, so you do not need to worry about how to fund your claim or take any financial risk when pursuing a brain or head injury claim with Novum Law.
As well as helping people who have suffered a brain or head injury to make claims, we also regularly work with the loved one’s of people who have suffered a brain injury and who are unable to pursue their own claims.
Whatever your situation, we will guide you through the whole claims process with sensitivity and empathy.
Book a Free Consultation with Our Brain and Head Injury Lawyers in Salisbury
If you believe you or a loved one are entitled to compensation, our brain and head injury lawyers in Salisbury are here for you.
Our Expertise with All Types of Brain and Head Injury Claims
Our personal injury solicitors in Salisbury 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
- Surgical Negligence
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 Salisbury
We offer a free initial consultation with one of our specialist brain and head injury lawyers to all new potential clients. This will normally take place by phone or via videoconferencing, but we can also work via email if that is more convenient.
At your free initial brain or head injury consultation, you can:
- Tell us how your/your loved one’s brain or head injury occurred
- Describe the impact of the injuries on your/your loved one’s life
- 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
We treat all enquiries with the maximum sensitivity and our goal at this stage is simply to give you the information you need, with no pressure to pursue a claim unless you are totally happy that this is the right choice for you.
No Win No Fee Brain and Head Injury Claims Funding
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’ and ensures that our expertise is available to everyone, no matter what their circumstances are.
A key benefit of No Win, No Fee brain or head injury claims is that it avoids any financial risk for our clients. This is because our fees will only need to be paid if we win compensation for our clients. If no compensation is awarded, there will be no fees to pay.
Proving You Are Owed Brain or Head Injury Compensation
To be able to claim compensation for a brain or head injury, it must be possible to show that 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 Salisbury brain and head injury solicitors are experts in investigating client claims, making sure every possible piece of support evidence is collected. This allows us to build the strongest claims for our clients and give them the best chance of winning maximum compensation possible.
Working Out How Much You Can Claim for a Brain or Head Injury
It is important that every aspect of how a brain or head injury affects someone is taken into account when calculating how much compensation they are owed. This is worked out through a process known as ‘assessing quantum’ or ‘assessing quantum of damages’.
Compensation for a brain or head injury can typically 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).
Brain and head injury damages can take into account both the impact 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
Our team are usually able to resolve even complex, high value brain and head injury claims through private negotiation. This approach allows our clients to avoid court proceedings in most cases, while also making the claims process faster and keeping legal costs to a minimum.
Pursuing a Brain or Head Injury Compensation Claim in Court
In some rare cases, it may be necessary to take a brain or head injury to court in order to secure fair compensation. In such eventualities, the best legal representation is essential, as is having close personal support to help protect your wellbeing.
Should court proceedings be required, our team will be there to support you every step of the way. We can assist with preparing your case and secure the best available hearing representation, while being by your side throughout the whole process.
Transferring Your Brain or Head Injury Claim to Novum Law from Another Firm
While there are many law firms and other companies that offer help with personal injury claims, the sad fact is that many of them do not offer a great service, especially when it comes to complex, high value claims such as those related to brain and head injuries.
We often hear from people who have started a claim elsewhere, only to find their claim is taking too long or has stalled entirely, that the customer service is below their expectations or a settlement has been agreed that does not meet their needs.
In such cases, our team will be happy to talk to you about whether we believe your claim has been mishandled and how we believe we can do better. We will always be honest about whether we think we can secure a better outcome and have a strong track record of getting significantly higher settlements and/or secure compensation faster for clients.
Time Limits for Brain and Head Injury Compensation Claims
Three years is the standard time limit for claiming brain or head injury compensation, although there are exceptions that can give you longer to claim.
It is also worth noting that this three-year time limit is counted not from the date of the injury, but the ‘date of knowledge’. This is the first date upon which you were aware:
- You had suffered a brain or head injury.
- Someone else was to blame for your injury.
Common exceptions to the three-year rule include where:
The injured party lacks mental capacity – There will be 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
A common issue where someone has suffered a brain or head injury is that they do not have the mental capacity to pursue a compensation claim by themselves. In such cases, the normal approach is for a loved one to make the claim on behalf of the injured party, which is referred to as acting as the claimant’s ‘litigation friend’.
Acting as a litigation friend for a brain or head injury claim can be a daunting responsibility, so it is important to have the best possible legal advice and support. Our brain and head injury solicitors can advise on being appointed as a litigation friend and guide you through the whole claims process.
Claiming Compensation Where a Loved One Has Died Due to a Brain or Head Injury
The death of a loved one is always devastating, but when it is due to an injury that was someone else’s fault, it can be particularly hard to accept. While claiming compensation cannot put things right, it can help to take some of the financial strain off your family and pay for counselling and other forms of support during this difficult time.
Our team regularly advises families on the potential for claiming fatal brain or head injury compensation. We can also provide expert advice and representation for Coroners’ inquests to help you get the answers you need.
Damages for a fatal brain or head injury claim can potentially cover:
- 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 Salisbury
If you believe you or a loved one are entitled to compensation, our brain and head injury solicitors in Salisbury are here for you.