Can I claim compensation for a head injury?
Head injury claims can arise in a variety of different ways – falls at work – motorcycle accidents – car accidents – cycling accidents – medical negligence.
It may be you that’s been injured or, in a serious case, you may be enquiring on behalf of a family member.
Whatever the circumstances, our team of expert lawyers have been dealing with brain injury and serious head injury cases for many years, and we will be able to give you free initial advice about whether there are grounds for bringing a claim.
We appreciate that the aftermath of a serious head injury can create a chaotic situation at home, so we won’t put you under pressure or give you a “hard sell”.
If you need to talk about a head injury claim we will be able to give you straightforward free advice in plain English.
How do I Claim?
We will be able to tell you very quickly, and free of charge, whether or not we can help you with a head injury claim.
If we agree to investigate your case we will suggest an early face-to-face meeting, so that we can get full details of what has happened.
All sides in a brain injury or serious head injury claim have to abide by the rules of a pre-action protocol, which encourages the parties to settle the claim without ever getting involved in court proceedings.
However, in our experience, insurers are reluctant to settle major claims on sensible financial terms, and it is usually necessary to commence court proceedings for most of our clients.
If court proceedings are needed, we will arrange a meeting with a specialist barrister so that we can all discuss all the evidence in the case carefully before any proceedings begin.
Calculating the right amount of compensation in a head injury claim usually involves gathering evidence from a large number of experts – neuro-surgeons – neuro-psychiatrists – neuro-psychologists – care experts – housing experts – rehabilitation experts – physiotherapists – occupational therapists and so on.
Our team of expert head injury claim lawyers have many years experience . We are in regular contact with the top barristers and medical experts, so that we can achieve the best possible results for our clients.
How much will it cost?
If you ask us to deal with your head injury claim we will discuss the fee arrangements clearly and carefully before asking you to sign our terms and conditions.
Although other fee arrangements are available, “no win no fee” is usually the best option for our clients.
There are no “upfront” fees, no hidden charges, and we will never leave you out of pocket.
Most importantly, if you lose the case you pay nothing at all.
We have never had a complaint from a client in relation to fees.
How much compensation could I get?
The amount of compensation in a head injury claim can be very, very substantial.
The final valuation of the claim will take account of things like:
Compensation for the pain and suffering the person has endured and will endure in the future.
There can be many permanent symptoms from a serious head injury including things like constant pain – seizures – muscle spasms – headaches – vision impairment – balance problems – loss of smell – loss of taste – speech difficulties – fatigue – memory loss – poor judgment – inability to concentrate – difficulty communicating – anxiety – depression and mood swings – impulsive behaviour.
– Loss of earnings to the date of any settlement
– Any future loss of earnings
– Future loss of pension rights
– Housing costs
– Rehabilitation and treatment costs, such as nursing care, specialist equipment and transport costs
How long will it take?
Head injury claims often take quite a while to reach a settlement or trial.
The main reason for that is that we have to wait quite a while until a client has reached an end point in their recovery from the injury. In serious cases, this can be up to two years or more.
We often have to gather a great deal of expert evidence in order to make sure that we get the best possible settlement for our client, and this can also take time.
In our experience, it’s nearly always necessary to bring court proceedings in these cases.
But please rest assured – we will get on with things as quickly as we can!
Why choose Mulderrigs?
We understand the dramatic impact of a serious head injury and our team deal with clients very sensitively.
We have been dealing with serious head injury claims for over twenty years, and we have recovered millions of pounds for our clients.
We have dealt with cases arising from accidents at work, car accidents, motorcycle accidents, trips and falls.
We promise to speak to you in plain English.
We’ll come to see you at a time and place that’s convenient for you.
We have held the Law Society’s LEXCEL quality mark since 2002. Only around 5% of law firms have achieved that recognition.
In our most recent survey 97% of our clients described our service as good or excellent.