Head Injury At Work Compensation Claims

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Head injuries can have a significant impact on a person’s life, both physically and financially. Seeking compensation for head injuries is crucial in order to alleviate the financial burden, hold responsible parties accountable, and ensure that the long-term effects of the injury are properly addressed.

Here we look at what’s involved in claiming compensation following a head injury at work, and how to know if you have a valid claim.

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What types of head injury can you claim for?

Head injury claims can be made after a variety of workplace accidents and for many different types injury. While some relate to very severe injuries involving loss of motor function or brain damage, less severe head injuries such as concussion or lacerations can still be serious and a successful claim for injury compensation can still be made.

There are several common types of head injuries, each with their own long-term effects. Concussions are one of the most common types of head injuries and occur when the brain is jolted or shaken inside the skull. While concussions are often considered mild traumatic brain injuries, they can still have long-term effects such as headaches, dizziness, memory problems, and difficulty concentrating.

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are more severe head injuries that can result in long-term cognitive, physical, and emotional impairments. TBIs can cause a range of symptoms, including difficulty with memory and thinking, changes in behaviour and mood, and physical disabilities. The long-term effects of TBIs can vary depending on the severity of the injury and the area of the brain that was affected.

Skull fractures occur when there is a break in the bone surrounding the brain. These fractures can range from minor hairline fractures to more severe fractures that require surgical intervention. The long-term effects of skull fractures can include chronic pain, cognitive impairments, and increased risk of future head injuries.

Common causes of a head injury at work include:

Any workplace that involves the use of heavy machinery or power tools, or has people working at height, presents the obvious risk of a head injury. But they can happen anywhere, including a relatively safe office. The chances of such injuries are increased should the employer fail to adequately assess risks in the workplace and adhere to a strict health and safety policy.

Are you eligible to claim for a head injury at work?

The key to being able to claim for a head injury at work is that your accident should and could have been prevented by your employer.

As with all accidents at work, you can claim for a head injury if it can be shown the accident was caused by the negligence of your employer in failing to comply with its statutory duties.

Workers are legally entitled to a safe and secure environment, must be trained properly and made aware of their obligations to work safely. Employers will be liable if they have exposed their staff to the risk of a head injury and failed to take such measures to avoid it. For example, employers must ensure the following:

  • That the working environment is safe, for example that floors are not slippery.
  • That staff are adequately qualified to use any tools or machinery that they are asked to use.
  • That faulty equipment is removed from use and only returned to active service once fully repaired.
  • That objects and stock are secure from falling.
  • That the correct PPE is provided.

Any person is entitled to claim compensation for a head injury at work in these or similar circumstances. Even if protection was in place, such as wearing a hard hat, you may still be able to claim if other areas of liability exist.

Note that a claim usually has to be made within three years of the accident, unless the injured party was under 18.

The benefits of claiming compensation

Head injuries can result in significant financial burdens for the injured person and their family. Medical bills, rehabilitation costs, and lost wages can quickly add up, leaving the injured person struggling to make ends meet. Seeking compensation can help alleviate these financial burdens and ensure that the injured person has access to the necessary medical treatment and support services.

In addition to the financial aspect, seeking compensation is also important for holding responsible parties accountable. If the head injury was caused by someone else’s negligence or intentional actions, it is important to ensure that they are held accountable for their actions. This not only provides a sense of justice for the injured person, but also helps prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.

Furthermore, head injuries can have long-term effects on a person’s physical and cognitive abilities. Depending on the severity of the injury, the person may experience difficulties with memory, concentration, and motor skills. These long-term effects can impact the person’s ability to work, engage in daily activities, and enjoy a good quality of life. Seeking compensation can help ensure that the injured person receives the necessary support and resources to manage these long-term effects and improve their overall well-being.

  • A successful head injury at work claim will provide a settlement that can pay for private medical treatment and rehabilitation therapies to speed and improve your recovery.
  • The settlement will include your lost income now and in the future (if you are prevented from working again because of your injuries).
  • In fatal accidents a claim will provide loved ones with some measure of compensation for their loss. In cases where the deceased is the major breadwinner or provider for a spouse or family, a loss of income claim can lead to substantial compensation.

We can help you to make a claim on a No Win No Fee basis where you will never be charged if your claim does not succeed. A successful claim will lead to a compensation settlement being made to you, with the value of the claim including any lost income and incurred costs as well as a settlement for the injuries and medical treatment that you have sustained.

How much is a head injury claim worth?

Head injury compensation levels vary according to injury severity and its long-term impact on the claimant’s life. The amounts below are a guide only and do not take into account the special damages element of a claim, just the injury itself.

Severity of Brain or Head InjuryCompensation Amount
Very severe brain damage£265k - £379k
Moderately severe brain damage£206k - £265k
Moderate brain damage£40k - £206k
Less severe brain damage£14k - £40k
Minor brain or head injury£2k - £12k
Epilepsy£10k - £141k

What you should do after a head injury at work

Employers have responsibilities after an accident at work. It is their responsibility to understand an accident and take the right measures, rather than the injured employee.

However, while your employer should have procedures for dealing with your injury, there is more you can do yourself. The following actions should be taken to give yourself the best chance of winning your compensation claim:

  1. Firstly, seek medical treatment. This could be at the scene, by attending a GP or A&E. However, you can still claim if you haven’t had treatment.
  2. The matter should be recorded in the employer’s accident book. The injuries should be described and their cause listed.
  3. Following medical treatment, explain the situation to the employer and discuss the likelihood of any return to work.

Don’t worry if you haven’t been able to do any of this yetget in touch and we’ll be able to guide you.

Remember, you have certain rights after an injury at work to help you to recover, including being able to return to work on lighter duties.

Gathering evidence and building a strong case for compensation

Building a strong case for compensation requires gathering evidence to support your claim. Here are some key pieces of evidence to collect:

  1. Collect medical records and bills: Gather all medical records related to your head injury, including doctor’s notes, test results, and treatment plans. Keep track of all medical bills and expenses related to your injury, as these will be important in calculating the financial losses you have incurred.
  2. Obtain witness statements: If there were any witnesses to the incident that caused your head injury, try to obtain their statements. Witness statements can provide valuable evidence to support your claim and establish liability.
  3. Document lost wages and other financial losses: Keep track of any time you have had to take off work due to your head injury, as well as any other financial losses you have incurred as a result of the injury. This can include costs for transportation to medical appointments, home modifications, and assistive devices.
  4. Work with your solicitor to build a strong case: Your solicitor will guide you through the process and ensure that your claim is supported by strong evidence.

Should I worry about claiming from my employer?

Making a head injury claim against your employer can be a worrying prospect. You may be concerned how it will affect the business and your job security, or that of your colleagues. Rest assured, these worries are typically unfounded.

Firstly, it’s your employer’s liability insurance that will pay any compensation, rather than the business itself.

Secondly, employers are not allowed to dismiss you or threaten you with the sack for making an accident at work claim.

Claiming for someone else

In some cases, the severity of a head injury can leave the injured person severely brain damaged and unable to care for themselves or manage their affairs without assistance and support. It is unlikely that someone in such a situation would be able to make a claim on their own and therefore may appoint someone to manage their legal affairs and protect their rights for them. This person could be a spouse, parent or other suitable next of kin such as a child or someone who has obtained a legal power of attorney over a loved one’s affairs.

Finding the right solicitor for your head injury claim

Finding the right legal representation is crucial when seeking compensation for a head injury. Here are some steps to help you find the right solicitor for your case:

  1. Research potential solicitors: Start by researching solicitors who specialise in personal injury and head injury cases. Look for those who have experience and a track record of success in handling similar cases.
  2. Consider experience and expertise: When evaluating potential solicitors, consider their experience and expertise in head injury cases. Look for solicitors who have successfully handled cases similar to yours and have a deep understanding of the medical and legal aspects of head injuries.
  3. Schedule consultations: Once you have narrowed down your list of potential solicitors, schedule consultations to meet with them in person. This will give you an opportunity to discuss your case, ask questions, and get a sense of whether they are a good fit for you.

During the consultations, ask about the solicitor’s experience with head injury cases, their success rate, and their approach to handling cases. It is also important to discuss fees and payment arrangements to ensure that you are comfortable.

How Direct2Compensation can help you

We can give you useful advice and help you to understand your rights. We have a simple and easy to understand claims process and can help you to find the right solicitor to pursue your claim.

Direct2Compensation are experts in managing claims for injuries caused in accidents at work. Over the years we have successfully assisted many claimants who have suffered a head injury. We can help you to understand whether the specifics of your accident are such that you are likely to win compensation.

We can advise you on important issues, such as helping you to make sure that the details of your accident and injuries have been properly reported and recorded with your employer, and can also give you a good understanding about how the no win no fee claims process works.

One of the first steps in making a claim is to get a medical assessment of the injury. We can arrange this for you at no cost.

Seeking compensation for head injuries is crucial in order to alleviate the financial burden, hold responsible parties accountable, and ensure that the long-term effects of the injury are properly addressed.

If you have suffered a head injury at work and want to know if you can make a claim for compensation, contact us today. You can start your claim online or , and one of our expert team will be in touch to offer help. Alternatively, call us on 01225 430285.

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    I had a minor head injury at work today where I was left feeling dizzy, with a bruise on my head and a headache for the rest of the day from something that was broken at the hotel I work at. A metal crate with broken hinges to be precise. I used some ice and got let home after by my manger. I wondering if there was anything I should do about this?

    Ian Morris

    The cause of your injury would certainly be something that would form the basis of a valid claim for accident at work compensation. The crate having broken hinges is dangerous and the employer should have removed the item or repaired it to prevent injury. As your accident only happened in the last 24 hours or so, it is important to monitor your symptoms and seek the appropriate medical attention should the symptoms warrant such action. Often in cases where someone has taken a knock to the head, along with the symptoms commonly associated with such incidents (dizziness, headaches, bruising), it is common for people to then notice additional painful symptoms presenting over the next 24/48 hours such as neck pain.

    It is vitally important that you ensure that the details of your accident is recorded in writing within your employers accident book. You should seek to do that at the earliest opportunity if you haven’t done so already.

    We would be very happy to assist you with a claim for personal injury compensation. For further help, please call us on 01225430285 or use the call back form on our website to start your claim.


    I had a serious head injury at work due to misuse of heavy lifting equipment and faulty heavy lifting equipment where a big conveyor belt had fallen off of a crane and onto my head, I was lucky there was wire ropes above my head otherwise I’d be paralysed or even dead with the weight and height of that belt, when this accident occurred I was left without a check over from a first aider and left alone for most of the day when I was barely able to understand my own thoughts, I was left to write my own report which took me 2 hours because I couldn’t really see the page as my head was spinning, I later in the day phoned the NHS myself and they requested to see me and later kept me in overnight, but overall I was left basically by myself without any sort of check over from a first aider from around 9am – 6pm (when I finally got to the hospital) they determined I had a concussion and whiplash, which my management later on tried to tell me it was caused by shock and not an accident at work because all the guys I work with said they saw nothing which was bound to happen considering they weren’t following health and safety rules, now at 21 I’ve had a TIA and we don’t know what’s caused it yet but I think it is due to my head injury a few months ago as there’s no other reason and I just want to know if I have any basis for making a claim?

    Ian Morris

    There are certainly grounds to pursue a claim for personal injury for your initial head injury. Whether it will be possible to establish that the head injury has then caused the subsequent TIA is unclear, but our specialist Solicitors would instruct a medical expert to review your initial injury treatment and subsequent medical incident with a view to establishing a causation link if at all possible. You are young and conditions such as TIA’s tend to be less common in younger people, so there may well be a link that can be established.


    I worked in a chip shop. In December 2020, the chef mopped the grease up with a cold mop and this caused me to slip while going into the back for something. I worked all that day and the next and slept all of Sunday, took the kids to school then went to my friend before work then had a cup of tea and felt really ill. I vomited twice then felt all weird and strange as my body wasn’t functioning properly. I had to leave work early and ever since then I have been suffering with severe migraines, pains in my eyes and I am now very sensitive to light.

    I’m currently under an Optometrist, having many appointments and examinations including blood tests and mri scans. They are investigating the possibly that the problems were caused and linked to the fall at work as I was perfectly fine before the accident. I am now awaiting the results to find out what the next protocol is.

    Ian Morris

    Was your fall at work ever recorded in an accident book or did you ever text or email your boss to report what had happened? Also, was there a hazard sign on display when the chef had mopped the floor?

    It would certainly seem that you may well be in a position to pursue a claim for personal injury and if the reports and scans you are currently awaiting the results of do link your ongoing symptoms to the fall at work, you can seek to recover compensation for these issues.


    Hi! I have had a head injury at work (been taken to the hospital right away) caused by a low cage that fell on my head, although after an investigation my employer made me guilty for not handling the cage correctly, although I took some photos in that moment as the low cage was damaged and with the red tag wrongly attached to it.

    Ian Morris

    Please email the photographs to us and we’ll call you to help you to start your claim for personal injury compensation.


    Hi my husband recently collapsed at work and hit his head on the edge of a metal table. This has resulted in a minor head injury however has since struggled Walking without the support of another person or a walking stick. He was taken to A & E by his manager after the incident however due to his mobility he has been unable to return to work as yet.

    Ian Morris

    Not withstanding your Husband’s awful injury, I am not sure that he has a claim. You state that he collapsed at work. If he fainted or was taken ill, there is no claim. However, if he collapsed due to a demonstrable failure from the employer and the cause of his collapse can be attributed to negligence on the part of the employer he could potential make a claim and hold the employer liable for his injuries.


    I work for Asda unloading lorries and last week I had trays of carrots fall onto my head resulting in a deep cut (I didn’t notice till after shift) and a bruised head.

    The items coming off the ramp to the lorry are often not secured properly and by the time you find out, its usually too late. I immediately felt dizzy, had blurred vision and slurred speech (amongst other things) for the rest of the shift. I told the manager about the accident to which his only response was “oh s***.

    I haven’t had the incident recorded in any accident book and wasn’t advised to go home even though I was clearly not in the right state of mind when I decided to stay.

    Ian Morris

    Although your accident hasn’t yet been recorded in an accident book, you should still ensure that an accurate record of your accident at work is recorded within the employers accident book. If the employer won’t let you use the accident book, simply email your HR department to outline what you have explained here – making reference to the unsecured loads, the fact that your Manager didn’t record the details or even intervene in your continued attendance at work.

    You certainly have a valid claim for personal injury compensation and have every right to pursue such action. If you would like our help in taking this further on a No Win No Fee basis, please contact us on 01225430285.


    On Tuesday I was at work using a power tool with a spinning wire brush on the end. I was using this to clean a bit of steel at head height, the tool got caught in one of the gaps on the bit of steel and bounced off and hit my head. My head has been sliced by the tool and left a gash above my eyebrow on my forehead, I notified my employer and went to the hospital to get it glued. I have recently asked for the accident book and got told the business owner had it but not yet received it. I was left with a lump on my head and an open wound.

    Ian Morris

    There is a strong likelihood that you can make a successful claim for personal injury compensation as a result of the injury you have sustained at work. Please call us on 01225430285 as there are questions to be asked of the training you had received, whether you’d been provided with the appropriate PPE and whether the employer had adequately risk assessed the method of work you were tasked with performing.


    At work today, at Waitrose, I work behind the meat counter the dishwasher is leaking which caused the floor around where I work to be slippery earlier in the day I tried to stop the leak and clear the wet floor, however the leaked continued. I was putting a tray into the display counter when I slipped and smacked my head on the top, I’ve got a lump on my forehead and a concussion.

    Ian Morris

    Make sure that your accident is recorded within your employers accident book. You should seek medical attention for the head injury and any associated symptoms including dizzyness, nausea, blurred vision and even soft tissue pain around the neck/shoulders as this is commonly associated with a knock to the head.

    Given the cause of your workplace injury, our view that you have a valid claim for compensation. We feel that you should take this further and contact us on 01225430285 for help.


    My mum slipped on path at her place of work a care home for adults with severe learning disabilities. It was icy and no grit on path where my mum fell and head Injury and high blood pressure when paramedics did their observations. They wanted to take her to hospital but she declined with the current situation in pandemic. She has only just been able to open her eye and is very bruised. They haven’t apologised. They have reported it to RIDDOR

    Ian Morris

    It is good to know that the incident has been reported to RIDDOR as that indicates that evidence will be available to support your Mother should she take any action against the employer.

    Your Mother has 3 years from the date of the incident in which she can seek to make a claim and we would very much like to help her to do so. As and when she feels able to, please ask her to call us on 01225430285 to discuss the incident and seek further help.


    I was hit by a battery powered hand jack. I had a brain bleed. I had brain surgery leaving me with a deformed area on my forehead. I have several problems after surgery. The operator of the jack had no license to operate the jack. He also failed a drug screen. The company sent out a memo listing people to have classes to attain a license to operate the jack. This was 6 days after my injury. The jack has a pre-inspection book that’s left on the jack. To this day the book is only filled out maybe once a week, not every day that is company policy. What are my chances on winning this claim?

    Ian Morris

    Our initial view is that you appear to have a valid claim with every prospect of succeeding. The employer appears to have realised that they need to ensure that staff are appropriately trained, but not done anything about that until you had already been injured due to a lack of sufficient training!

    Your injury was clearly serious and has caused permanent and ongoing problems from visible scarring/deformity and no doubt other physical or psychological problems. We would be delighted to hear from you and help you make your claim.

    Ian Morris

    The fact that an employee was allowed to use the tool in question despite the fact that they had no licence to use the item (and cannot therefore have been properly trained), indicates that you should pursue a claim and that the claim should have good prospects of succeeding. Further, the operative who caused the injury subsequently failed a drug test and the employer has closed the door after the horse has bolted by then requiring all employees to undertake training after your accident.


    I was working in the storage warehouse at work and was asked to help a customer take down some very large wooden shelving units, the top shelve then fell on my head and gave me a wound , was slightly concussed . Was bleeding quite a bit . Then went to office , put it in accident vook . After that went to the local hospital and had it glued. No ppe was offered to me to prevent this. Had a few days off work after this was like 5 years ago .

    Ian Morris

    As more than 3 years have passed since your injury, you cannot make a claim for this injury at work.


    At work, I hit my head when changing a bagging machine roll, steps were put next to a light and I hit my head resulting in concussion and time off work. I wondered if this results in any chance to claim

    Ian Morris

    We need to know more about this incident to be able to advise you. To make a claim, we’ll need to identify employer negligence – that could be a lack of training, provision of inadequate equipment or the working environment. Do you know who placed the steps by the light fitting that caused your injury?


    Hi I was working as a sub contractor in a business where a metal cabinet was mounted on a wall behind a opening exit door and boxes/obstacles behind the door. I moved rubbish from behind the door and when I got back up I hit my head on the edge of this cabinet and sub stained a cut to my head, treated by a staple and concussion a week later. Can you confirm having this cabinet on a wall behind a exit door is a serious hazard including the boxes/obstacles in accordance with the health and safety at work? Secondly that I can claim a successful injury claim as a subcontractor for my injury? Thank you

    Ian Morris

    We feel you have a valid claim and that the location of the cabinet was hazardous. As a sub-contractor, you have a right to make a claim against the business in question.


    I work in a factory , I was pulling a pump truck behind me and turned around to make sure it was okay and walked/tripped into a thick metal pillow post , there is no caution signs present and nothing to stop anyone hurting themselves ,also there was no first aider present at all and had to take myself to the main office (over side of the site) to get medical attention.

    Ian Morris

    If the post that you hit is ‘in the way’ or obstructs a busy working area where it is not always possible to look in one direction – such as when you are moving goods or pulling pump trucks etc, there is an argument to be made that the post should be marked with warning signage and even padding.

    This is certainly a matter we can investigate further and would be happy to bring to the attention of our specialist Solicitors for you.


    Hello, I’m not sure if my employer is at fault, I work as a contracted Security Officer for at a site in Warwickshire, on Thursday 15th Oct 2020 I suffered a head injury when a vehicle pole barrier came down on my head.

    I suppose it was mild concusion. There was no visible outside injury to my head and no lumps, but massive headaches and fuzzyness and slight dizzyness and a feeling I am not well and should not be at work. Today (17th Oct 2020) I have lower back pain, that I didn’t have prior to the accident, I must have injured my back twisting and diving to avoid the barrier, which did not do what I wanted and avoid the injury, much much more to tell you.

    Ian Morris

    This is a matter our specialist Solicitors can help you with and you have a valid right to make a claim for personal injury compensation. Concussion is a nasty injury that in the more serious of cases can cause long term problems, including blurred vision, headaches, nausea and dizzyness. It seems that you are suffering such symptoms now. Also, the lower back pain you mention is almost certainly linked to this incident and we would strongly recommend that you speak with a GP or attend A&E or a walk-in clinic to ensure that your injuries are treated and importantly, noted, on your medical records.

    If you have not already done so, please make sure that an accident report is completed at work. The report should indicate what happened, where and when.We believe you have a valid claim and we look forward to helping you.


    I work in retail. I was on a ladder and on the top step when a heavy boarded shelf fell on to my head. Above my right eyebrow was very swollen and I felt like I was going to pass out. I went into the fitting room to sit down where I was crying, it wasn’t until 15 minutes later that I got any help when a colleague came and assured me.

    The store didn’t have ice packs or first aid. The managers completed an accident form and sent me home. I have been having such bad headaches and I’m now quite traumatised about heights.

    Ian Morris

    We feel that you have a valid claim and our Solicitors can help you with this. Impact injuries to the head – such as items falling from height – are commonly associated with headaches and whiplash and you have a right to make a claim for the damage done to you. If you are now anxious about heights, you should also discuss that with your GP as that too could be included in any claim you make in the future.


    Approximately 9 months ago, I had an accident at work. The employer had used a stand pipe for a sink to hold a window open – around 9 to 10 metres high.

    When I tried to open the door to enter the building, the stand pipe on to my head from that distance. I almost blacked out and was dizzy for a couple of minutes. Then I noticed that there was blood as well, so I went inside to stop the bleeding. I was then sent to the hospital to get it checked. I had stitches and they glued it closed as well. I have an accident report and also the report from the medical center.

    Also (and this is one of the reasons I am considering making a claim) I now have bad headaches, which are more frequent since this incident.

    Could you please advise what would be the best decision to do? Thank you

    Ian Morris

    You have every right to make a claim for the concussion injury caused and laceration to your head. Whilst none of your colleagues or your employer meant to harm you in this way, the use of the stand pipe to hold a window open is clearly unsafe and poses a clear risk to health of those working in the workplace.

    It would appear that the blow to your head from the falling stand pipe has caused ongoing symptoms consistent with such an injury, most likely concussion related. Our specialist Solicitors will ensure that a suitably qualified medical expert provides a report regarding your headaches and their link to the incident at work.

    We would be very happy to help you better understand your rights and explain how our specialist Solicitors can pursue a claim against your employers insurance cover. Our initial view is that you have a robust claim, likely to succeed. It is good to see that the incident was reported correctly and the accident report you have (along with the medical records) will be helpful evidence to support any claim.


    Hi. I hit my head at work on a shutter door that had jammed half way down. I thought it just didn’t come down all the way but will still go up because of the sensor but as I turned round to make sure the pallet I was pulling was okay I hit my head off the door and then onto the pallet truck. I just want to know if id have a valid claim. No serious injuries just bump on the front of my head a headache and feel bit dazed. This happened yesterday. Thanks

    Ian Morris

    At the moment, it would seem (fortunately) that your injuries are not sufficiently serious to warrant a claim. However, it is early days and although the injuries appear minor, that could change. With this in mind it is vitally important that you ensure that the details of your accident at work and the injuries sustained are noted. An accident book record should be made regarding the incident and injuries and you should take photographs of the visible injuries to your head.

    If in the coming weeks the injuries become more problematic, you could then look in to the possibility of making a claim.


    My gardener slipped on wet grass and banged his head on a wall. Am I liable?

    Ian Morris

    It is unlikely that liability would attach in such a circumstance. However, if your employee had previously mentioned that the area was dangerous when wet and that they felt it unsafe to work their in such conditions and you ignored that, there could be a case to answer.


    Hi there I had an accident at work which wasn’t my fault. I was just walking down the stairs and there was a hand safety rail which was made of four by two timber. Two or three pieces all about a metre long bolted together collapsed from the wall and dropped about ten to twelve feet directly on my head. The heavy timber which all came down in one heavy piece cracked my head open leaving a big hole on my head had to go hospital and have injections in my head and had seven staples in my head leaving me with a bad head injury and time of work have to have staples removed at later date and time of work with no pay. It was a finished property with no scaffolding which means it was not a hard hat site, therefore it wasn’t my fault. If I proceed with your company how much compensation am I entitled to?

    Ian Morris

    What we can say with certainty is that you definitely have a valid claim for personal injury compensation and that we would be very happy to help you in pursuing your accident at work compensation claim with our specialist Solicitors on a No Win No Fee basis.

    However, it is simply impossible to give you a figure of compensation at this time. If we were to estimate a figure, it would simply be a guess at this stage. The reason for this is that we do not yet know the full extent of your injuries and whether there will be any ongoing issues associated with such a heavy blow to the head such as tinnitus, neck pain, headaches, blurred vision, mood swings, loss of balance etc. As you will appreciate, it is vitally important that the full extent of the impact of an injury is understood before a claim is settled and our specialist Solicitors would ensure that a medical expert examined you and discussed all of the symptoms of your injuries with you in full to enable a full and maximum claim valuation to be reached.


    I have hit my head hard at work On either pipework or a valve when I was in a plant room with very low level pipework whilst I lost balance/tripped on a raise door for a pump.
    The plant room itself has no signage at all to tell you to mind your head and had nothing to indicate all of the low level pipework or have any padding on it either…
    I had a bad headache which was frobing and swelling where I hit my head all day but at the time when I hit it I felt dizzy, disoriented and unwell (basically had concussion as described by 111 helpline) which eventually passed after several hours and after I had something to eat.
    Not sure if it’s valid claim or not?

    Ian Morris

    You describe a valid claim and we would be very happy to help you.

    The lack of signage regarding the risks within the plant room is certainly something that gives you the right to make a claim for compensation.


    I was unloading a metal cage at work when I banged the top of my head on the metal hook of the cage as I was getting stock from it. I reported it to my supervisor who sent the first aider. The first aider came and said I should be ok but to go Hospital straight away if the symptoms get worse. I didn’t go to Hospital as I felt ok at the time. However, I am now getting pains and headaches. I’m back at work and the employer is saying it’s my fault due to not doing my safety checks – which I always do?! I just thought that I should have been wearing some kind of hard hat, but we don’t wear them as they aren’t supplied. I am now unsure what to do?

    Ian Morris

    It is important that you make a written report of the incident to provide to your employer. Make sure that you mention having conducted safety checks as you always do and that you have not been given any sort of hard hat or head protection by the employer. Making such a report will provide helpful and supportive evidence to assist you in any claim you go on to pursue. You should also attend your GP regarding the ongoing symptoms of pain and headache and inform them of the initial head injury at work so that this can be noted on your medical records.


    There was a meeting held in the shop where I work on a Saturday which were usually closed, my boss opened the shop putting the steel shutter half up after meeting i went out of the shop I walked in to the shutter hitting my head and knocking my self out with a massive blow to my forehead, now left with a scar. Is my manager at fault? I feel it was an accident waiting to happen.

    Ian Morris

    You can certainly attempt to pursue a claim for compensation in this scenario. A Solicitor will need some photographic evidence to demonstrate that it was an ‘accident waiting to happen’, so we would recommend obtaining some photographs showing the area and ideally some photographs showing the shutter in the position it was in when you sustained your injury.


    I was incarcerated 1995 and was in a work release program, while at work I was injured when a stack of roof trusses fell over and hit me in the head. I believe I have been permanently damaged and have been struggling in all areas of my life since I feel I was pressured by the work program and my employer to return to work and downplay the injuries I had.

    Ian Morris

    Regardless of your background and the reasons for your involvement in the work you were doing, UK health and safety at work law would still afford you the same rights to a safe working environment and the right to pursue a claim for compensation if you were injured whilst at work.

    To succeed with a claim, you need to have made a report of your accident and injuries to your employer or the work release programme staff and sought medical attention. You’ll also need to pursue your claim within 3 years of the date of the incident as UK law requires that ALL claims for personal injury are made within 3 years of the date of an accident.


    I had an accident at work, a disabled door shut whilst I was walking through and hit me on the side of my head causing bruising. I felt dizzy two days later, i had vertigo which caused me to stay off work for 6 weeks, after 4 weeks I was on half pay, can I claim for loses of earnings due to this shutting on me? The paper work was completed at time of injury and all accident forms were completed.

    Ian Morris

    Based on our initial assessment of your comment, it would appear that you have a valid claim that should be pursued.

    We would be very happy to assist you on a No Win No Fee basis and if you were successful, you would be entitled to a compensation settlement for the impact that the incident had on your health for the period that you were off work and unable to live a ‘normal’ life. You would also be able to recover any loss of income or incurred costs caused by the incident too.


    I was recently injured at work. Someone left an empty plastic box on the floor in the hallway near the printer, I tripped over it while retrieving work from the printer and suffered a concussion. I’m now signed off work because I have post-concussion syndrome, basically means I am suffering from headaches that can last all day and are resistant to treatment. Already starting to feel the pinch of only receiving SSP. Is there a claim here?

    Ian Morris

    Potentially, you could claim compensation and recover your lost income for the concussion injury you have suffered as a result of your fall at work. We would certainly like to further investigate such a claim for you.

    Employers have an obligation to ensure that a workplace is as safe as possible and that the risk of injury to staff & visitors is minimised so far as possible. This obligation would also include an employer having to ensure that walkways were not obstructed and that tripping hazards are not left in situ.

    If you would like to further discuss this matter with us and allow us to present your claim to our specialist Solicitors for detailed consideration with a view to proceeding to claim on a No Win No Fee basis, please call our team on 01225430285.


    I had my head split open with a brush at work from a vulnerable adult!! I had to take time of work as I became very anxious and received medication from doctors. To this day I suffer panic attacks even though I still work there I have moved on to Nightshift as I feel I can’t leave the house through the day!! I lost earnings and returned back to work early against doctors wishes and for financial purposes and was told I would receive nothing.

    Ian Morris

    You may have a valid claim for accident at work compensation. Whilst the employer did not directly cause your injury as it was caused by an individual with limited capacity. However, the employer would have a responsibility to ensure that the risks posed by the vulnerable adult were properly assessed and that the appropriate mitigating steps had been taken to minimise the risk of injury in the workplace.

    Our specialist Solicitors will be able to identify whether or not your employer has breached their obligations towards your health and safety at work and whether you can pursue a claim for compensation. Please call us on 01225430285 or use our website to make further contact with us.


    Hi i deliver for a chinese takeaway. A company has erected scaffolding right outside door and 1 of the bars is very low and has no hazard tape on it. On my way in door i struck my head on it which resulted in an egg shaped lump on my head and headaches. Apparently im the second person to walk into it. Where do i stand ?

    Ian Morris

    You have a potential claim for compensation, but you’ll need to make sure that the accident is reported to the property owner and scaffolding company. It would also be very helpful to take photographs showing the lack of hazard tape and ideally, a photograph with a clear measurement as to the height of the bar that you hit. You should also seek medical attention from your GP or Hospital for the symptoms of headaches in order to get the details recorded.


    I work in an office and while i was at my desk I heard a loud noise and looked up the ceiling right behind were i was sitting fell through and pieces of which landed on me hitting my head back and neck. It did hurt and I still have a head ache, i’ve filled out the incident reports but a lot of people are telling me that i should take action against my workplace because it was a safety issue and that i should also go the the e.r or my dr to get checked out to make sure there’s no serious lasting effects. I don’t know anything about workman’s comp or the work places laws or what would be the right thing to do just looking for some advice.

    Ian Morris

    The important thing to do is to protect your interests in order that you have a choice and options should your injuries or situation lead you to feel that you should pursue a claim.

    Certainly, if you have been injured by falling masonary/plasterwork then you would have a valid claim – as long as you make sure that the incident is properly recorded (which you have done) and seek medical attention for the symptoms caused.


    I had an accident on a scallop beam trawler and part of my job is to tightening swords that scrape the sea bed. We had came into the harbour, landed everything then was sorting the fishing gear before we got away. Me and my work mate was tightening swords when the 4 ton of fishing gear came down and hit and squashed my head and I now have a scar on my head, broken nose, eye socket and awaiting 2 operations. I have been off a couple of months. They are paying me weekly but I want to know if I am eligible for compensation for injuries and loss of earnings and for my operations?

    Ian Morris

    Although you were injured at work, it is hard to advise whether or not you have a valid claim for accident at work compensation because of the location of the accident. As you were injured at sea it could be that maritime law supersedes UK law and that could make pursuit of compensation harder. However, we would like to further investigate this for you and work to find out whether or not you can pursue a claim.


    I cracked my head open at work while driving an order picking truck. I went to hospital and had my head glued. I filled in an accident form while my head was still bleeding until someone was ready to take me to hospital.
    What happens if I missed something out of the report due to shock, adrenaline and maybe concussion? The thing I missed out may result in that the company was at fault.

    Ian Morris

    If your accident happened recently, you should make an immediate written amendment to your accident report and send the same (by email) to your employer and whoever has responsibility for accident reporting within the workplace.

    Given you have hit your head on something in the workplace, it maybe possible for you to pursue a claim for compensation in this matter. Of course, to succeed with a claim you will need to be able to identify a possible area of negligence on the employers part. In this case, perhaps there was an exposed sharp metal item that should be covered with a protector or an obstruction that needs to be indicated or marked with a warning?

    Please call us on 01225430285 if you would like to discuss your accident further as we can then identify whether or not you can pursue a claim for compensation.


    I got hurt in the forehead at work. A cut that required stiches. I declined to go to hospital but do have headache and want to go home. Will it be covered?

    Ian Morris

    If you are unable to work, your employer may not pay your usual income to you as they are not obliged to. To recover your lost income you would have to make a claim for compensation against the employer which would succeed if the cause of your laceration can be attributed to employer negligence.


    I hit my head in work many months ago and never went sick in fear own how it would effect my job, but after months of constant neck stiffness and pain I sought physio therapy and was inform that my neck pain is from my head trauma. I had filled in accident claim report and sought medical advice to ensure I did not have concussion. I’m just wondering can I still claim even though the incident happened about 7 months ago and I’ve just been dealing with it ever since?

    Ian Morris

    The fact that you were able to carry on working despite being in pain and having symptoms of neck stiffness and discomfort would not have a damaging impact on any claim for personal injury compensation here. In the UK, the law allows an injured person a maximum period of 3 years from the date of an accident in which they can pursue a claim for compensation. As your accident at work happened just 7 months ago, you are well inside this and could still pursue a claim.


    Hi, I was making a delivery to a customer at work and hit my head on a low ceiling on some stairs with no warnings sign. Hurt my head, neck, back and had to go to hospital via ambulance. There was no accident book at the premises where I had the accident and it was a solicitor as well.
    Can you sue the solicitor or is it my work I sue?

    Ian Morris

    In this case, the liability – if it were to attach – would rest with the owners of/occupiers of the property where you suffered your injury. The claim in this case would be made against the premises owners on the grounds that they had not provided a warning of a possible hazard. Whilst in hindsight, it may seem obvious that a ceiling is low, when performing the job that you were doing, the risk of the low ceiling was probably not so obvious as you would have been carrying items or moving a delivery in to the premises. Therefore, it would seem reasonable to expect the occupier to place warning signs around the stairs in question to indicate that the ceiling is low and possibly a danger.

    Although there was no accident book at the premises, you could and should still record the details of the accident with your own employer in their accident book. The employer could then notify their client – the Solicitor practice to whom you were making a delivery – that you had sustained an injury on their stairs due to the low ceiling and lack of signs.

    We would be very happy to further investigate a possible claim for you.


    Probably something or nothing here but while at work today tidying the shop floor I banged my head on a glass shelf used for propping that’s hidden between arms of clothing. My head started to swell and suddenly became nauscious and dizzy. I have been sent home from work after completing an accident form. Just wondering if I could go further with any action or if it’s best left?

    Ian Morris

    It sounds like this shelf was invisible and therefore a hazard that should have not been there. In this case, I’d be hopeful that you have a valid claim for compensation.

    Clearly, we need to know more to properly advise you.


    Hi, I had an accident at work 3 weeks ago and I’m signed off for two weeks. I was hit on the head by the bin man, went to hospital and had to have a ct scan on my head as they thought I had a bleed. No bleed but I have concussion, still suffering with headaches after 3 weeks, have been told may last 6 weeks or longer.

    Ian Morris

    From what you say, I believe you have a valid claim for compensation. You have clearly suffered a serious concussion and as such, claiming compensation for this is something we would like to assist you with.


    I work in a kitchen. I reported a broken fire door which had come off its bottom hinge a week ago. Nothing was done. Yesterday I went to open the door and it didn’t move I carried on walking as I thought the door was going to open and banged my head on the corner of the door. The impact made me fall to the ground and I saw stars, thought I was going to pass out and I bit the inside of my mouth. I was helped outside by a colleague to get some fresh air. Later on that evening I started to get bad headaches and dizziness. I went to my GP today who diagnosed mild concussion and advised me to stay off work for a couple of days and then to return and take it easy. I told my boss of my symptoms but he just said that he doubted that they were caused by me banging my head. He was the one who should have got the door fixed last week but didn’t.. Am I entitled to anything?

    Ian Morris


    We would definitely be willing to help you with a claim for compensation after your accident at work.

    From what you have said, the liability against your employer is strong. You have reported a potential safety hazard, yet your employer has failed to do anything to ensure that the hazard is repaired and the workplace made safe again. Please make sure that the details of your accident are recorded within your employers accident book and don’t worry about what your boss has said of your symptoms, he is not a Doctor. If you have been to see a GP and the GP has made a diagnosis of concussion, then you have concussion. If your employer does not have an accident book, or you are unable to get to work to make an entry, simply send them an email describing what happened – and the fact that you had reported the hazard over a week ago – and ask them to place your email within their accident reporting system.

    As I said, we would be very happy to take this claim forward and can link you up with one of our specialist accident at work compensation solicitor partners. In order for us to do this, we’ll need to speak with you to obtain a few more details.

    We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your claim.

    Yours sincerely

    Ian Morris

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