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Brain and head injuries can have serious lifelong consequences for those who suffer them and their families. Even in the best case scenarios, months of medical treatment and rehabilitation may be needed, while in the most severe cases, 24/7 care may be needed for the rest of a person’s life.
Compensation cannot undo the damage that has been done, but it can make a real difference to the level of support someone living with a brain injury receives and their overall quality of life. If you or a loved one have suffered a brain or head injury, finding out whether you may be entitled to claim compensation is therefore strongly recommended.
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 so there is no need to worry about how you will fund our services and there is no financial risk involved in pursuing a brain or head injury claim with Novum Law.
Many people are put off claiming by the thought of having to deal with contentious court proceedings. Fortunately, this is rarely necessary. Our team are experts in negotiating maximum settlements for our clients, which very rarely require court proceedings, making the claims process much faster and less stressful for you and your family.
If you need to claim on behalf of someone who is unable to do so themselves, our team can guide you through the process. This is a very common occurrence with brain injuries so we are well placed to make it as easy as possible for you to get your loved one the support they require and the compensation they deserve.
Book a Free Consultation with Our Head and Brain Injury Solicitors in Swindon
If you believe you or a loved one are entitled to brain or head injury compensation, our personal injury solicitors in Swindon are here for you.
Our Expertise with All Types of Brain and Head Injury Claims
Our personal injury solicitors in Swindon are experts in dealing with all types of brain and head injury claims for adults, children and babies. These include those arising from:
- Road Traffic Accidents
- Workplace Accidents
- Medical Negligence
- Sports Accidents
- Horse Riding Accidents
- 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 Swindon
We offer a free appointment with one of our specialist brain and head injury solicitors to anyone thinking about pursuing a claim. This will normally take place by phone or via videoconferencing, but we can also work via email if that is more convenient.
In this initial chat with a member of our team, we will:
- Ask you the details of your/your loved one’s brain injury and how it occurred
- Advise you on whether we think there are grounds for a claim
- Discuss the level of damages potentially achievable
- Explain how the claims process works
- Talk you through what will happen next if you decide to move forward with a claim
During and after the initial consultation, we will not place you under any pressure to pursue a claim. We understand this is a sensitive issue and not always an easy choice and simply want to give you the information you need to make the right decision for you and your loved ones.
No Win No Fee Brain and Head Injury Claims Funding
We take on brain injury clients on a No Win, No Fee basis, also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This means anyone can access our services, no matter their current financial circumstances.
A No Win, No Fee brain injury claim also avoids any financial risk to our clients as our fees will only be applied if we succeed in securing compensation. In the event a claim does not succeed, the client will not owe us anything. Where a claim does succeed, our fees are normally covered by the defendant.
Proving You Are Owed Brain or Head Injury Compensation
To make a compensation claim for a brain or head injury, it must be proven that:
- 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 Swindon brain and head injury solicitors have an investigative approach in building cases and make sure all relevant evidence is collected and presented effectively, to give the strongest possible claim.
Working Out How Much You Can Claim for a Brain or Head Injury
Through a process known as ‘assessing quantum’ or ‘assessing quantum of damages’, we will look at all the ways a brain or head injury has impacted your lives and make sure you get the compensation you are entitled to.
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).
You can claim for both losses experienced so far and the expected future impact of living with a brain or head injury e.g. paying for ongoing care.
Settling a Brain or Head Injury Claim Out of Court
It is very often possible to settle a head or brain injury out of court, even when dealing with high value and complex claims. Our team are experts in this, helping our clients to avoid court proceedings wherever possible and keeping the claims process as quick and stress-free as we can.
Pursuing a Brain or Head Injury Compensation Claim in Court
Should court proceedings be the best or only option to secure fair compensation, getting the right representation and having the best personal support are both really important to the outcome and your wellbeing.
We appreciate that clients often find the idea of going to court intimidating and will do everything we can to mitigate this, should going to court be required. Our team will explain exactly how the court process works, what to expect and the likely outcomes.
We will then prepare your case and secure expert representation for you, so you have the best chance of getting the outcome you deserve.
Transferring Your Brain or Head Injury Claim to Novum Law From Another Firm
Many people contact us who have started a brain or head injury claim with another law firm and are unhappy with the results. This might be because they feel their claim is not progressing fast enough, they are not getting good service from their lawyer, or that an inadequate settlement has been agreed by their current lawyers or any number of other reasons.
In these situations, our brain or head injury solicitors can provide an independent second opinion about how a claim has been handled. Where we believe we can do better, we are able to take over claims from other firms. Experience shows that, when this happens, we are often able to get a significantly higher settlement and/or secure compensation faster.
Time Limits for Brain and Head Injury Compensation Claims
Three years is the standard time limit for any type of personal injury claim, including brain and head injury claims. This is counted from the ‘date of knowledge’, which is the date when you were first aware that:
- You had suffered a head or brain injury.
- Someone else was to blame for your injury.
However, there are often exceptions to these standard time limits that apply in the case of brain and head injuries. The two most common are:
- Where the injured party is under 18 – A claim can be brought up until they turn 21.
- Where the injured party lacks mental capacity – There is no time limit for someone else to claim on their behalf.
Claiming Compensation for a Loved One Who Has Suffered a Brain or Head Injury
It is often the case where someone has suffered a head or brain injury that they will not have the mental capacity to make a compensation claim. In such circumstances, a friend, family member or other representative (a litigation friend) can make a claim on the injured person’s behalf.
Our brain and head injury solicitors can talk you through how this works and everything you need to do to make sure your loved one gets the compensation needed to provide the best possible care for them.
As stated above, there is no time limit to claim brain or head injury compensation on behalf of someone who lacks capacity, but the sooner a claim is started, the sooner they will be able to get the support they need.
Claiming Compensation Where a Loved One Has Died Due to a Brain or Head Injury
Where a loved has sadly died due to a brain or head injury, the impact on their family and friends is devastating. As well as the emotional trauma, there are often significant practical issues to deal with, such as how to provide for a family that was reliant on the deceased’s income.
Our team can guide family through this difficult time, providing advice and representation for coroner’s inquests to get answers about what happened and advising on the process for claiming compensation where appropriate.
We can advise you on whether there are likely to be grounds for a compensation claim and how the claims process works, then take care of progressing the claim for you, allowing you to focus on coping with your loss.
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
As stated above, there is normally a three-year time limit from the date of death to make a claim, so you should not delay if you think you may have grounds for a claim.
Have a Question About Claiming Brain or Head Injury Compensation?
Book Your Free Consultation With Our Brain and Head Injury Solicitors in Swindon
If you believe you or a loved one are entitled to compensation, our brain and head injury solicitors in Swindon are here for you.