Our Brain Injury Solicitors know just how devastating brain damage and severe head injuries can be. If you or a loved one is dealing with the effects of such an injury and someone else is at fault, we can help.
We've helped many people in the same position to receive millions of pounds in head injury compensation. It can help you get the best care and treatment – and we could even arrange interim payments to help your rehabilitation while your case is ongoing.
By getting in touch with us now, we can help you build a brighter future – no matter how your injury happened or how severe it is. We can assess your brain injury claims for free, as well as visiting you at hospital or at home in England or Wales.
The law around brain and head injury claims is complex. But getting expert legal advice is one way to take the pressure off you and your family. Our specialist Solicitors have the experience and knowledge to secure the best possible outcome – while supporting you each step of the way.
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The Different Types of Brain Injury
Even what feels like a minor head or brain injury can have a lasting impact. If you're involved in an accident, it can be helpful to know what type of injury you're dealing with. At Simpson Millar, our team has experience of supporting a wide range of head injury compensation claims.
We've worked on claims involving some of the most common types of injury, including:
Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)
An ABI is any damage to your brain that happened since birth. As it's such a broad term, an ABI can be traumatic - caused by a physical force or impact including electric shock – or non-traumatic.
Non-traumatic ABIs are usually a result of pressure on the brain and are often linked to tumours or neurological conditions - such as strokes, brain haemorrhages or encephalitis.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
TBIs are the result of an external – and often sudden – trauma to your head. The forces involved cause your brain to move around and strike against the inside of your skull. Each time this happens, it can damage vital nerves or tissue.
Headway, the brain injury association, states that almost all (95%) of head injuries come under this category. The good news is that it's reported more than 75% of TBIs have no lasting effects. But it's no consolation for those involved in serious accidents when the impact is life-changing.
For any injuries where someone else is at fault, it's vital you get in touch with a specialist Lawyer who can help you claim traumatic brain injury compensation.
Hypoxic Brain Injury
A hypoxic injury is where the brain is partly or fully starved of oxygen. This could be the result of choking, drowning or suffocation. There are also some medical conditions that interrupt the flow of oxygen to the brain and cause hypoxic injuries – such as cardiac arrests.
Congenital Brain Damage
Unlike an ABI, congenital brain damage covers injuries to the brain caused by genetics or trauma suffered before, during or just after birth.
Subtle Brain Injury
If you experience a blow to the head, it's not uncommon to not realise that you're suffering from a brain injury. It can be easy to overlook because the symptoms can be so subtle. As part of our brain injury claims process, it's really important we speak with your family members and anyone else close to you. This is so we can uncover any effects they've noticed – but that you haven't.
In fact, the personal injury compensation we can recover for a subtle brain injury claim after suffering a head injury can result in high awards of compensation, often in excess of £1 million.
No Win, No Fee Brain Injury Claims
At Simpson Millar, we take many head injury compensation claims on a No Win, No Fee basis. It means you can make a claim without worrying about the financial risk if it's not a success. You'll need the right insurance, but this is something we can help to arrange.
If you start your No Win, No Fee brain injury claim with us, there are no upfront costs to pay. In the unlikely event that your claim isn't successful, you won't pay any legal costs either.
The only time you might need to pay anything is when your claim is settled in your favour. Some of the legal costs are met by the other side. But the rest are covered from the compensation you receive. And that amount will always be a share of your settlement we agree in advance.
Find out more about No Win, No Fee brain and head injury claims with Simpson Millar.
Why Choose Simpson Millar For Your Brain Injury Claim?
A brain injury can be devastating – even more so if it's caused by someone else. Making a claim for head injury compensation can help you get the financial, medical and emotional support you need to move forward. And we know how important it is to have someone you can trust by your side. So, once you feel ready, here are a few good reasons to get in touch with our team.
- Our specialist Brain Injury Solicitors have the experience and knowledge to get you the right result. Find out more about our people and the expertise they offer.
- You'll get the best treatment available from our network of case managers and medical professionals. You'll also get support from our independent financial advisors.
- We'll speak to you clearly and frequently while we handle your claim. Our aim is to keep you up to date at all times, while allowing you to focus on your rehabilitation. We will adapt our communication style to take account of any vulnerabilities and effects you are suffering from as a result of the head injury as we understand how brain injury can cause communication difficulties including language impairment (aphasia) and speech (dysartria and dyspraxia of speech).
- We are always open for you and we offer home visits and hospital visits for our seriously injured clients as well as video meetings where you cannot meet up if you are shielding or isolating.
- We have links with leading charities that support people living with the effects of brain injuries. We're listed on Headway's Head Injury Solicitors Directory, and we're a Legal Support Service Partner for the Child Brain Injury Trust (CBIT).
- Many of our Brain Injury Solicitors are accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and The Law Society's Clinical Negligence Accreditation scheme.
- We're fully authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).
Our work is recognised within the legal industry too. In the Legal 500, we're noted for "specialisms in brain injury". Meanwhile, Chambers and Partners highlights how we're "regularly instructed on brain injury cases". It's just one more reason why you can rely on us.
Here are some of the comments some of our clients have said about us to Legal 500
Matthew Clayton secures incredible results for those for whom he acts. He will leave no stone unturned in seeking to secure the right result for clients
Rose Gibson is head and shoulders above the competition in terms of client care
Caroline Fox is a very capable solicitor with a real passion for her clients and their claims
Major Trauma Unit: Your Lawyers For Life
Our Major Trauma Unit is a unique feature that we offer as a law firm. It's for anyone who suffers severe, life-changing injuries – and needs specialist support to help rebuild their lives.
A specialist, experienced Lawyer will support you at each stage of the claims process. From the start of your claim right through to the end, we'll be there for you.
We also have a wide range of other legal expertise across our firm. So, we can help you to deal with any issues that arise because of your injury. This can include making sure you have put in place a personal injury trust, resolving any employment law issues, or creating a Will.
Can I Make A Brain Or Head Injury Claim?
The brain is such an integral part of our bodies. It controls virtually everything we think, say, do and feel. So, it's no surprise that brain damage can affect every aspect of your life.
A brain injury can have a lasting impact on things like your career, relationships, physical health and mental wellbeing. That's bad enough in itself. But when the cause of your injury is avoidable and someone else is fully or partly at fault, you could claim head injury compensation.
By doing so, our Brain and Head Injury Claims Solicitors can help you get the support you need – financially, emotionally and medically.
Making a claim can hold the responsible party to account and even stop more injuries happening in the future. It can also help you or a loved one enjoy the best quality of life possible. So, if you think you might have a head injury claim, get in touch with our friendly advisors today.
Can I Claim On Behalf Of Someone Else?
Has a loved one suffered a severe injury that means they no longer have the mental capacity to make a claim themselves? If so, you could make a serious brain injury claim on their behalf. The same applies to parents or legal guardians of a child under the age of 18.
Like any other brain injury claim, we'll need to show that the other party was to blame. If you're not sure if you can, speak to our friendly legal experts to find out where you stand. We'll also tell you if you can actually make a claim on behalf of a loved one.
When you speak to us, we'll talk you through your options in plain English. We assess all claims for free and in confidence. And there's no obligation to start the process if you don’t want to.
Free Claims Assessment
Talk to us and find out for free if you have a claim. By telling us about your injury in your own words, our legally trained advisors can let you know exactly where you stand.
If you do have a claim and want to go ahead, we'll introduce your Brain Injury Lawyer. The first thing they'll do is start collecting evidence to build a strong case for you. This can include arranging an independent medical report.
Working Out Your Compensation
We'll work out how much head injury compensation you may get. We also assess your care needs now and in the future. After this, we'll submit your claim to the other side.
Your Solicitor will then negotiate with the other side on your behalf. Their aim is to get the best possible outcome for you. We are committed to taking the stress out of the litigation for you and we promote settlement meetings out of court known as joint settlement meetings and mediation to take away the strain of having to appear in Court where this can be avoided.
Your Claim May Go To Court
If your claim is disputed by the other side, there's a chance it could go to Court. This is extremely rare. But, if it does, rest assured we're with you every step of the way.
Receiving Your Compensation
If your claim is successful, you'll receive your compensation in a lump sum.
No Win, No Fee
We can take most claims on a No Win, No Fee basis. So, that means you'll pay nothing should your claim be unsuccessful.
You'll be kept updated by your Solicitor at each stage of your brain injury claim, which means nothing should come as a shock. And we'll tell you what you need to know in plain English. To find out more, get in touch with Simpson Millar today and get your free claims assessment.
How Do I Make A Brain Injury Claim?
It's traumatic enough to be involved in an accident that wasn't your fault. But, when it leaves you or a loved one with a serious brain injury, the impact can be truly life-changing.
If this is something that you're dealing with, it's important to know that you have the right to claim head injury compensation. It can't undo the pain and suffering. But it could make a real difference as you get your life back on track.
The first step is to talk to specialist Brain Injury Solicitors with a track record in helping people like you. We offer a free claims assessment, which means you'll know right away if you have a claim. It all starts by getting in touch by calling 0808 239 3227 or requesting a callback.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- How Much Compensation Will I Get For A Head Injury?
There's no fast and easy answer to this question. Brain injury claims can often be complex, and each situation is different. As such, the amount you could receive will depend on several factors.
When working out how much compensation you should get, we'll consider:
- The severity of your injury and how it's impacting your life
- The cost of treatment and rehabilitation
- Any ongoing care needs – including home adaptations
- Your lost income if you're unable to work due to your injury
- If you were partly responsible for your injury. If you're involved in a road traffic accident, for example, were you wearing a seatbelt?
Every case is different and even seemingly minor head injuries can result in high awards of personal injury compensation if it affects your memory and concentration and your ability to work.
Examples of successful claims we’ve handled include:
- £12 million compensation in a medical negligence brain damage case
- £3 million compensation in a car accident brain injury case
No matter how your injury occurs, your specialist Brain Injury Compensation Lawyer will fight to make sure you get an appropriate amount. This total is based on guidance set out by the Judicial College in the first instance. But it’ll also be shaped by the details of your case.
We also aim to get interim payments during your case. This can be extremely helpful if you have any financial pressures or need to organise care and rehabilitation as soon as possible.
- What Can Cause A Brain Injury?
Anyone can suffer a brain injury. It can happen in a split second after sustaining a physical blow. Or it can be something that develops over time because of a degenerative condition.
Some of the most common brain injury claims that we deal with include:
- Road traffic accidents – whether you're a driver, motorcyclist, cyclist or pedestrian such as hitting your head on the dashboard, falling of your bike or motorcycle or being run over by a car.
- Workplace accidents – such as falls including falling off a ladder, falling from scaffolding, being hit on the head by a falling objects in warehouses, shops and building sites, falling out of a vehicle including falling off a lorry, a digger overturning, exposure to toxic substances, being assaulted at work by a customer or as a result of an armed robbery and electric shock.
- Public place accidents – such as falls in shops, restaurants, parks, being struck on the head by branches and other falling objects such as objects falling from shelves in a supermarket, falling debris from a building site, falling objects from loads not properly secured on vehicles, electric shock and some accidents on holiday.
- Sporting Injuries – such as concussion from a negligent tackle in football or rugby
- Horse Riding Accidents - such as falling from a horse or being kicked by a horse
- Medical negligence – including birth injuries, misdiagnosis, surgical errors and delays in treatment.
- Criminal injuries due to physical assault and shooting.
- Military accidents – including training and parachute accidents.
The main thing when making a brain injury claim is that we can prove that someone else was at fault. And you can see from the above list how broad our claims experience is. If you're not sure if you have a claim, get in touch today and we'll put you fully in the picture.
- What Are The Symptoms Of A Brain Injury?
The brain is the literal nerve centre of our bodies. As such, any injury or damage can show itself in a range of signs and symptoms. Not all of them will be physical either. Brain injury can also result in visual impairment.
Even with a minor or subtle brain injury, some of the common signs can include:
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering things
- Not being able to communicate properly – affecting your speech and/or including language
- Problems making decisions
- Struggling to plan and organise things
- Fatigue or feeling tired
- Altered sense of taste and smell
- Sensitivity to light and/or sound
- Dizziness/balance problems
- Headaches or ringing in your ears
- Sexual difficulties
- Depression or a lack of motivation
- Mood swings and angry outbursts
- Personality changes
- Visual impairment – this can range from visual field loss, visual acuity (clarity of vision) loss, double vision through to blindness in more severe cases
With more serious injuries, the signs and symptoms can be more visible – such as a seizure or a loss of consciousness. For all head injuries, however, it's essential that you get the right medical treatment as soon as you can.
- How Long Do I Have To Make a Brain Injury Claim?
In most cases, you have three years from the date of your accident to start your claim.
You can do this at any point during this period. But it's usually better to start a claim as soon as you can. This gives your Lawyer the best chance of collecting the evidence needed to make your claim successful. It also lets you access specialist treatment and services sooner.
In some cases, there are exceptions to the three-year time limit – such as:
- If the injured person lacks the mental capacity to make a claim themselves. The time limit is paused until they regain capacity, which means it can be indefinite.
- If you're making a claim on behalf of a child. A claim can be started at any point until their 18th birthday. At this point, the three-year limit will then start.
- If your injury is the result of an assault. You must usually start a criminal injury claim within two years.
- How Long do Brain Injury Claims Take?
All brain injury claims can be complex. With all the factors involved, they can sometimes take a few years to settle. One reason is because the true impact on your life may only become known over time. And by settling too early, you could receive less compensation than you need.
Even though a claim may take time to settle, you can still get financial help in the meantime. If the other party accepts fault, we can get you interim payments to cover any immediate costs.
- What Is the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Process Like?
The signs and symptoms of brain damage can vary hugely. So, rehabilitation must be decided on a case-by-case basis.
Unlike other cells in our bodies, brain cells don't regenerate if they're destroyed. But this doesn't mean recovery isn't possible. With the right treatment, you can enjoy life to the fullest after your injury. The key to rehabilitation is to help the brain learn alternative ways of working.
You could be treated by one (or more) of the following professionals:
- Physiotherapist: To help you overcome physical problems such as weakness, stiffness and poor coordination.
- Occupational therapist (OT): To help you adapt your home for any new needs you may have after your brain injury. OTs also find ways to minimise the symptoms of an One example is using white boards and planners to limit poor memory issues.
- Speech therapist: To help with any communication and eating, drinking or swallowing problems. This can include recommending useful devices, as well as training for carers and loved ones to encourage better communication.
- Psychological therapist: You might need cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) after your injury. This can both help you come to terms with your injury and improve your mental well The input of a neuro-psychologist and/or psychiatrist can be transformative.
- What Other Support Can Simpson Millar Provide?
The financial aspect of your brain injury claim is just part of our work in supporting you and your family. Our dedicated Solicitors can also:
- Organise specialist treatment: Getting referrals in your local area can have a major impact on your We can work with your case manager to arrange care from different providers, help buy appropriate equipment and train any care staff you need.
- Advise on relevant care services: Your case manager can tell you about the support you can get from your local authority and other services available nearby. Our Public Law team can also advise you on any legal steps you can take to access statutory funding.
- Help with Court of Protection issues: In severe brain injury cases, various decisions must be made on behalf of the injured person under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. The people given this decision-making power are known as deputies. Our Court of Protection Solicitors can help you with any deputy issues and include the costs in your claim.
- Help with a Personal Injury Trust and Benefits: If you can't work due to your head injury, your case manager can help you claim state benefits to ease any money worries. We also help clients with the benefits appeals process if they've been refused payments such as Personal Independence Payments.
When you receive your compensation, our Wills and Trusts team can help you to set up a Personal Injury Trust. This is usually when you receive your first interim payment. A Personal Injury Trust helps you to manage your compensation. But it also lets you keep claiming any benefits you're eligible for.
- How Can Friends And Family Help With The Recovery Process?
Friends and family have a huge role in helping a loved one to recover from a brain injury. Here are a few things you can do at home:
- List everything your loved one can still do: Make the most out of everyday It only has to be simple things such as laying the table. These types of tasks can be helpful for helping the brain to re-learn how to work.
- Find out about local support and facilities: Local activities, day centres and sports groups set up specifically for disabled people can have huge benefits. To start, they can provide a real psychological boost. But they can also help a loved one physically – while giving them the chance to meet others in similar situations.
- Plan clear routines: This can help towards building up But the schedule needs to be realistic. And it must include a range of mental and physical tasks.
- Be aware of tiredness: Rest is just as important as doing tasks. So, build in time for relaxing. Watching TV, napping or listening to music are great ways to do this.
- Celebrate achievements: It's uplifting to know that progress is being made. So, why not record any improvements and achievements along the way?
- Can I Claim State Benefits After A Brain Injury?
There can often be a financial impact of a brain injury – not least if you can't work.
If you're struggling to make ends meet due to your injury, you could be eligible for state welfare benefits. But the system can sometimes be confusing. That's why it's always a good idea to seek advice as you make your application.
You can also get lots of useful information on welfare benefits after brain injuries from Headway.
- Can I Drive After A Brain Or Head Injury?
Driving is just one of many abilities that can be affected by a head injury. Before you get behind the wheel of your car, you should first take the following steps:
- Speak to your doctor. They'll advise if it's safe for you to drive, based on your condition.
- Tell the Drivers Medical Unit of the DVLA. Not doing so is a criminal offence, and it could make your insurance invalid.
- Tell your insurance company. You may need to update your policy.
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