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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Introduction

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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  1. Dale

    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

    Reply
    • 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.

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  2. Ersu

    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 id a finished property with no scaffolding which means it was not a hard hat site there fore it wasn’t my fault . If I proseed with your company how much compensation am I entitled to? Please email me back look forward to hearing from you

    Reply
    • 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.

      Please call us on 01225430285 so that we can further discuss your accident at work with you and help you start your claim for personal injury compensation. If you would rather that we call you, simply use our call back request function and we’ll be in contact with you.

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      • Vlad

        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?

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        • Ian Morris

          You describe a valid claim and we would be very happy to help you. Please call us on 01225430285 or ask us to call you and we’ll help you make your claim.

          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.

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  3. Isabel

    Dont know if I have a valid claim, I had to provide bottles of water for my ward, I work in a hospital, normally the water is stored in a fridge in a cage but last week it was still downstairs. I asked storeman where it was getting hadn’t time to bring it up so I went down as I loosened the strap off cage it bounced back and whacked my head above my eyebrow. I took 6 cases of water which was what I needed took it back to ward I had a sore head but it was my time to go home. I took cocodamal had dinner and went to bed, my head was sore all night again I took more cocodamal and more in morning I woke next day and felt very dizzy, got up had breakfast felt unwell went back to bed, woke and then it all kicked off, room was spinning and I couldn’t focus or see properly, this continued all day and I was very sick. I contacted emergency doctors and was told to go to AE I thought I’d took to much cocodamal this is what I told AE as i couldn’t remember much i was very confused they said I had high blood pressure but my paracetamol levels were fine it was nothing to do with the tablets. I was so unwell and out of it for 48 hrs I googled vertigo as this is what my doctor had thought it was as I contacted her the next day after being at ae as I still felt very scared at what was happening I say it said vertigo can be caused by trauma to the head then I remember what happened at work I called the doctor again and she says its definitely concussion caused by the accident at work I still am not feeling good 5 days later confused irritated and drained.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You may well have a valid claim. It is important that you have reported your symptoms to your Doctor and you should continue to update them regarding your condition. We would certainly like to look in to pursuit of a claim for compensation for you. Of course, if the injury was recorded at work – in an accident book or similar reporting system, your prospects of success would increase, but even if not, this is a matter we can investigate for you.

      Please reach out to us for more assistance on 01225430285 or if you prefer, you can ask us to call you and we’ll be in touch.

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  4. 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.

    Reply
    • 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.

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  5. Dawn

    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.

    Reply
    • 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.

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  6. 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.

    Reply
    • 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.

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  7. Mark

    My job allows many people to bring in 500-watt stereos and lets them people turn them up so loud that it makes my ears ring and gives me a massive headache. For 10 hours a day and I have told them that and their reply was for me to put my earplugs in deeper. Instead of getting the music turned down. Is it possible to sue for loss of hearing and all the headaches?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      To protect your interests, you should make sure that you report the concerns you have regarding your hearing and possible hearing damage from the powerful stereos to your employer in writing.

      You should request ear defenders and if this is ignored and a medical professional diagnoses hearing loss you may then have a claim against your employer.

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  8. Karen

    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.

    Reply
    • 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.

      Please call us on 01225430285 or we can call you when you are available so that we can help you.

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  9. Elonwy

    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?

    Reply
    • 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. Alternatively, if you prefer, you can let us know when you would like us to call you. Initially, we would spend around 5 minutes on the phone with you to take some basic details regarding the incident and we could then pass this to our specialist Solicitors so that they could review and consider this matter in full.

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  10. Angela

    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.

    Reply
    • 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.

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  11. 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.

    Reply
    • 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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  12. John

    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?

    Reply
    • 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.

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  13. Laurie Jordan

    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?

    Reply
    • 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.

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  14. Pat

    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?

    Reply
    • 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.

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  15. Stef

    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?

    Reply
    • 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.

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  16. Kieran

    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?
    Thanks

    Reply
    • 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.

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  17. Carolyn Mboya

    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.

    Reply
    • 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.

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  18. Steve Tuck

    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?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Steve

      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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