Frequently Asked Questions about Brain Injury claims
Thompsons Solicitors’ personal injury solicitors have extensive experience in securing compensation for people who have sustained a brain injury.
1. What is a head injury?
Head injuries vary widely, as do their severity. Some head injuries cause serious damage immediately, such as a fractured skull or a brain injury. Other head injuries, such as concussion, can appear temporary but may lead to memory loss, behavioural or mood changes, regular headaches and sleep problems - all of which can impact a person’s ability to work and their quality of life.
2. What can cause a head injury?
Our specialist team has secured head injury compensation for clients injured in a variety of ways. Head injuries can occur as a result of accidents at work; slips, trips and falls; or road traffic accidents. Head injuries can also occur because of workplace assaults or an attack.
3. What is an acquired brain injury?
An acquired brain injury is caused by events that happen after birth, such as blows to the head, strokes, brain haemorrhages and injuries in the course of treatments for tumours.
Acquired brain injury symptoms include increased fatigue, headaches, and changes in vision, smell or touch. Patients with acquired brain injury may also experience changes in their learning abilities, and they may suffer problems with their memory and difficulty with their communication. Our head injury lawyers have significant experience of providing support to patients who are experiencing these symptoms and wish to make a claim for compensation. We also work closely with charities and support groups that specialise in offering acquired brain injury rehabilitation, and can signpost you to these during the course of making a claim.
4. Can I make a Brain Injury compensation claim?
If you have suffered a head injury in the last three years that you believe was caused by someone else, then you should contact our brain injury solicitors and lawyers, who specialise in brain injury claims. They can let you know if you have a valid case for head injury compensation and talk you through the legal process.
To speak to our specialist team, contact us on 0800 0 224 224, or fill out our online claim form.
5. How much head injury compensation could I secure?
There is no set amount of compensation awarded to people who have suffered a head injury. The amount you receive is dependent on many things, including but not limited to the severity of your injury and how long it will take you to recover. After reviewing your case, Thompsons Solicitors should be able to give you an informed estimate of how much your head injury claim may be worth.
6. How can Thompsons Solicitors help me to make a Brain Injury compensation claim?
Thompsons Solicitors has more than 90 years of experience in dealing with compensation claims, including complex cases where the consequences of an injury have been more serious than originally thought.
Our brain injury solicitors and lawyers will instruct medical experts to assess how long your head injury and its related symptoms may last. They will also assess any long-term impact your injury may have on your lifestyle, including your capacity to work. Working closely with head injury experts, we can evaluate whether you need additional treatment, acquired brain injury rehabilitation or other forms of support, and we will work with those who provide those services to ensure you can access the care you need.
If your case is complex and likely to take longer to settle, we will work to secure an interim payment to cover the immediate costs of any urgent rehabilitation, treatment or home adaptations you may need. We are proud to always work for the injured and never for employers or insurers. We will fight hard to ensure you get the full financial compensation you are entitled to.
7. Will Thompsons Solicitors tell me if my Brain Injury claim will be successful?
Our brain injury solicitors and lawyers will only progress brain injury claims if they believe there is a reasonable chance of compensation being secured.
Thompsons Solicitors would usually advise you to start a brain injury claim with a conditional fee agreement, otherwise known as ‘no win, no fee’. That way, if your brain injury claim isn’t successful, you will not be charged for any legal work conducted during the case.
8. What do I have to pay if my ‘no win, no fee’ Brain Injury claim was successful?
The majority of the legal costs incurred during a successful compensation claim case are paid for by whoever was responsible for causing the injury. If your head injury claim is successful, you will pay a ‘success fee’ to Thompsons Solicitors, but this is capped at 25 per cent of the amount awarded - unlike many high-street firms, which will charge more.
If you’re a trade union member, then you will likely be able to pursue a head injury claim free of charge within your union membership package. Thompsons Solicitors provides free support to many trade union members, who keep 100 per cent of the compensation awarded to them and do not pay a success fee.
9. When can I make a Brain Injury claim?
If you have had a head injury that you believe was someone else’s fault, you have three years from the date of the injury occurring to claim for brain injury compensation. There are a few exceptions to that rule, so contact Thompsons Solicitors as soon as possible to investigate whether you can make a claim.
If you, or someone you know, has suffered a head injury, get in touch with Thompsons Solicitors to find out more about starting a brain injury claim. Contact our friendly team on 0800 0 224 224, or fill out our online claim form.