Head injury at work? See if you can claim compensation, and how much.

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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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Head injury claims regularly relate to very severe injuries, with serious and permanent consequences faced by the injured claimants and their families. The effects can range from amnesia and loss of motor function, to brain damage and intensive 24/7 care for the remainder of the injured persons life. Less severe head injuries, such as concussion or lacerations, can still be serious and a successful claim for injury compensation can still be made.

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.

How to know if you have a valid claim

Suffering a head injury whilst working falls under the commonly used claim term of an accident at work.  As such, a claim for head injuries as result of a workplace accident will succeed if the injured party can demonstrate that their injuries were caused because of the negligence of their employer.

Employers will be liable if they have exposed their staff to the risk of a head injury, but have failed to provide adequate protections, such as PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), adequate training or the correct tools to work safely.

Common causes of head injuries include a lack of enforcement for wearing PPE such as a hard hat. Other areas of liability that we have seen include workplace or construction site safety management, staff members using machines with faulty or missing safety guards, and poorly repaired or broken tools.

The benefits of claiming compensation

Anyone who suffers a head injury in a workplace accident can be left unable to work for a period of time, suffering with a loss of income as well as pain. The severest of head injuries are often invisible in their effect, leading to memory loss, brain damage or loss of senses such as taste or smell. When viewed in this light, it is clear that someone should be fairly compensated for being placed in such a difficult position.

You can make a claim for compensation which may help with medical costs, care fees and most importantly reclaiming any lost income. Making an injury compensation claim on a no win no fee basis is your legal right.  If successful, it will fairly compensates you for injuries and losses that were not your fault.

  • 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). Lost income claims are known as special damages claims.
  • 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.  With Direct2Compensation and the specialist injury compensation solicitors with whom we work, 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.

Claiming on behalf of the injured party

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. In these circumstances, it is unlikely that someone in such a situation would be able to make a claim on their own. Therefore, someone who has suffered a head injury at work 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.

Compensation amounts

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£214,000 - £338,000
Moderately severe brain damage£166,000 - £236,000
Moderate brain damage£32,000 - £184,000
Less severe brain damage£11,650 - £36,000
Minor brain or head injury£1,600 - £11,000
Epilepsy£8,000 - £125,000

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 know your rights and 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.

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 request a call back, and one of our expert team will be in touch to offer help. Alternatively, call us on 01225 430285.

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Questions & Answers

  1. Yaser

    I work as a security officer in an Amazon warehouse and a metal tap flew off whilst I was performing ablution to go and pray and smacked me in my forehead and has left a bump. I fell back and felt dizzy. It happened today at 16:15 Sunday 29th Match 2020

    • Ian Morris

      Please call us on 01225430285 or ask us to call you as we can help you claim compensation for the injury you sustained at work.

  2. kent

    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.

  3. Amber

    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.

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