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Suffering a traumatic brain injury can have lifelong consequences, including the potential for serious physical and mental disability.
People living with a brain injury are often unable to work and care for themselves, and are likely to need ongoing medical treatment, rehabilitation therapy and personal care. This can have a huge financial and personal impact, both on the person with the brain injury and their loved ones.
If a brain or head injury happened due to someone else’s negligence, or deliberate action (such as an assault), you are likely to be entitled to compensation. The idea of pursuing a claim at this difficult time might seem intimidating, but with the right legal support, the claims process can be kept simple and stress-free for you.
At Novum Law, our specialist brain and head injury solicitors are here to provide clear, honest legal advice and dedicated friendly support through every stage of making a claim. When you contact our team, we can quickly provide an opinion on whether we believe your claim has a high chance of success, the amount of compensation likely to be available and the process involved. You can then decide whether you want to take things further.
With local offices in Bristol, Cardiff, the Isle of Wight, Plymouth, Salisbury, Southampton and Swindon, we offer a personal service to clients all over the UK.
We offer No Win No Fee, which means you can make a brain or head injury compensation claim with no financial risk or hidden costs.
Our team is highly skilled in negotiating maximum settlements for serious injury claims, meaning the majority of claims we handle are settled without any need for you to attend a court hearing.
In most cases, you will only have three years to claim brain or head injury compensation. However, if you are claiming for a loved one, who has been left without the capacity to pursue their own claim, there is no time limit. This being said, it is always worth contacting our team as soon as possible to make sure you don’t miss out on your chance to claim.
Think you or a loved one might be entitled to head or brain injury compensation? Contact us on 0800 884 0777 or online for a free, no-obligation chat with our friendly experts.
Our Expertise With All Types Of Brain And Head Injury Claims
Over the years, our personal injury solicitors have helped many people, including children, who have suffered serious brain and head injuries due to:
- Road Traffic Accidents
- Cycling Accidents
- Workplace Accidents
- Medical Negligence
- Sports Accidents
- Horse Riding Accidents
- Accidents In Public And Private Places
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
- Accidents In Rented Accommodation
- Serious Criminal Assaults
If you or a loved one has sustained a serious brain or head injury in a major incident that involves a public inquiry or inquest, our specialist solicitors have the in-depth knowledge and expertise to represent and support you and your family.
We always put the needs of our clients first and will do our utmost to ensure you get the answers you need and to push for positive change so that the same mistakes are not repeated.
We are supporting Anne and Graeme Dixon whose baby daughter Elizabeth (‘Lizzie’) was brain injured due to hospital negligence in 2000 and then tragically died in December 2001 following poor care received from a nurse at home. Dr Bill Kirkup’s Dixon Inquiry highlights both hospital and community care failings. Click here for more information.
Brain And Head Injuries Explained
What Are The Effects Of Brain Injury?
The effects of brain injuries vary widely. The more severe the brain injury, the more significant the long-term effects are likely to be. Survivors of traumatic brain injury tend to have complex, life-changing problems that affect their personality, relationships and their ability to work and lead an independent life.
Everyone is different and experiences different symptoms. The physical effects may include extreme fatigue, headaches, mobility issues, limb stiffness or weakness, paralysis, uncontrolled movements and epilepsy. The cognitive effects of brain injury can include memory loss or complication, language loss, visual impairment, reduced concentration span and problems with processing information. Behavioural effects may include disinhibition, impulsiveness, irritability and aggression.
Brain injuries can be especially damaging for babies and children because their brains are still developing. Brain injuries can also sometimes occur during childbirth. Click to find out more about child brain and head injuries and birth injuries.
If you’ve suffered a brain injury, you may also have sustained serious head injuries such as burns, excessive scarring, multiple bone fractures or loss of sight. Offering No Win No Fee, our team will help you to make a comprehensive claim, for all of your injuries.
Our specialist brain and head injury solicitors have strong links with support groups that help people and their families who’ve sustained serious head injuries, such as Headway, Brain Injury Group, and The Silverlining Brain Injury Charity. These groups offer information, advice and friendship.
What Is A Brain Injury?
An Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) is an injury that has been caused to the brain since birth. There are many possible causes including a fall, a road accident, and oxygen deprivation such as carbon monoxide poisoning or a stroke. A traumatic brain injury is a type of acquired brain injury that happens when a sudden blow causes damage to the brain. It can result when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, is shaken due to movement, or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue.
What Types Of Brain Injury Are There?
There are various types of injury to the brain including hypoxic and anoxic brain injury, diffuse axonal injury and coup and contrecoup injuries. A hypoxic brain injury is when the brain receives too little oxygen and an anoxic brain injury is where the brain receives no oxygen, potentially causing permanent brain damage. A diffuse axonal injury is a traumatic brain injury that occurs when the brain moves rapidly within the skull causing damage to the nerve connections surrounding the brain. Similarly, a ‘coup’ and ‘contrecoup’ injury refers to one site of impact on the brain and the opposite secondary site of impact on a brain, following a traumatic brain injury where the head and brain moves violently back and forth.
Frequently Asked Questions
For a successful claim, it must be possible to show that someone else is responsible for the brain and head injury you or a loved one suffered.
There are two main circumstances where someone else might be liable for an injury you or a loved one suffered:
- They owed you/your loved one a duty of care and were negligent, resulting in an injury occurring (e.g. an employer who failed to provide a safe working environment).
- They deliberately caused you/your loved one an injury or acted in a way where serious injury was likely (e.g. they committed an assault).
To give your claim the best chance of success, we will need to gather strong supporting evidence, potentially including medical records, accident records, police records and witness testimony, depending on the circumstances. With many years of experience pursuing these types of complex claims, we can ensure all of the right evidence is collected and present this most effectively for your claim.
Our specialist brain and head injury solicitors have lots of experience helping people with traumatic brain injuries get the maximum compensation they deserve. We can help even if your case is very complex, the effects of your brain or head injury are more serious and life-changing than was originally thought or you are unhappy with the advice or service you’ve had from another law firm.
We will investigate the details of your claim very carefully and will advise you if we think you have a good chance of getting compensation. Our team will always be completely honest and we will never take on a claim where we think there is no realistic chance of success.
Yes. The general rule is that you have three years from the date of the injury or the date when you realised your injury may have been caused by someone else’s mistake or negligence.
If you are claiming on behalf of a child, you can claim at any time until the child turns 18. When the child turns 18, they can make their own claim but the three-year time limit will then apply and they will have until their 21st birthday to claim themselves.
There are exceptions to this rule. For example, there is no time limit for people who don’t have the mental capacity to make legal decisions and different time limits apply for some injuries or illnesses sustained abroad.
Time is an important factor, so it’s important to get in touch with our specialist brain and head injury team as soon as possible for expert advice.
The compensation you receive depends on the extent of your brain and head injury and the impact on your life.
Severe, life-changing injuries usually include compensation to cover medical bills, rehabilitation, care and support, adaptations to the home and loss of earnings and pension. You may also be able to claim for the non-financial impact of injuries, such as pain and suffering, loss of amenity etc.
Working out exactly how much compensation is available can be complicated and forms an important part of the claims process. However, your specialist brain and head injury solicitor will advise you on how much your claim could be worth at the outset, so you have a clear idea of what may be achievable.
Taking the first step is often the hardest part for many people, so we aim to keep this as simple and stress-free as possible for you. Following an initial phone call, one of our specialist head and brain injury solicitors will contact you via phone or video conference to discuss the details of you or your loved one’s claim and what you need to do next.
During this first meeting, you can explain exactly how your/your loved one’s injuries occurred, how they are impacting your daily lives and why you believe compensation may be appropriate. Your lawyer will then talk you through how the claims process works, including your funding options and any relevant paperwork that needs to be completed.
From that point on, your lawyer will pursue your claim on your behalf and keep you regularly updated as your claim progresses.
There are no upfront or hidden costs when you make a compensation claim with Novum Law. Every brain and head injury claim we take on is funded using a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), which you may have heard referred to as ‘No Win No Fee’
With No Win No Fee, you will only be responsible for our fees if and when we succeed in winning compensation for you. The advantages of this are that you don’t need to worry about finding the money to fund your claim and there is no financial risk to you in pursuing compensation.
We will explain exactly how Conditional Fee Agreements work during your initial meeting with your lawyer, including how our fees will be calculated in the event of a successful claim and the need for After the Event Insurance to cover any potential third-party costs.
Find out more about No Win No Fee
The vast majority of cases are settled without going to court through negotiation between ourselves and the defendant’s legal representatives. While, it is often necessary to issue court proceedings as part of the claims process, most claims that reach this stage will still be settled voluntarily before any hearing date arrives.
There is no set answer to this as it will depend on the circumstances. However, your claim will generally be resolved faster if a voluntary settlement can be agreed and may take longer should a court hearing be required.
Yes, if your loved one died and someone else was to blame, you may be able to make a claim on behalf of their estate of dependants. You will generally have three years from the date of death to do so.
Compensation available for a fatal brain or head injury may 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
Find out more about fatal injury claims
It is common for us to hear from people who are already working with another firm and are unhappy with the way their claim has been handled. This is usually because they feel matters are not progressing fast enough or because their current firm has agreed to a settlement that the client feels is too low.
We are always happy to provide a second opinion in these circumstances and will be entirely honest as to whether we think your claim has been mishandled. Where we do take over claims from other firms, we are typically able to get a significantly higher settlement and/or secure compensation faster.
If you have a question that is not listed above, please visit our FAQs page. Alternatively, please call our specialist team on Freephone 0800 884 0777 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation chat.
Book Your Free Initial Consultation With Our Brain And Head Injury Solicitors
If you believe you or a loved one are entitled to compensation, our brain and head injury solicitors in Bristol, Cardiff, the Isle of Wight, Plymouth, Salisbury, Southampton and Swindon are here for you.
To begin your claim, contact us on 0800 884 0777 or online for a free, no-obligation chat.