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.
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 Injury||Compensation 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.