If you have suffered from any kind of head injury, and it was someone else’s fault or responsibility, you could be entitled to claim for compensation. It makes no difference if the injury was sustained at home, at work or even in a public place – it would be worthwhile to speak to a solicitor and find out the best action to take.
A serious head injury can make a huge difference to someone’s life. It can cause physical changes that can be difficult to adjust to, or can cause cognitive and personality changes that can make life very difficult both for the sufferer, and for those around them. The effects of a head injury can put a real strain on work, family and relationships.
Different Types of Head Injury
There are three most common types of head injury:
Concussion: Concussion occurs when the head is exposed to a violent knock or impact. While it can be a short-term, relatively minor situation, it can also lead to serious consequences, so it is always worth being checked over by a doctor if you suffer from a concussion.
Open Head Injury: This occurs when the skull is fractured or broken open, and leaves the brain exposed. This does not always necessarily include injury to the brain, but can significantly increase the risk of a serious brain injury.
Closed Head Injury: This type of head injury does not automatically involve damage to the skull, but can be just as serious as an open head injury.
Where Head Injuries Occur
Injuries to the head can happen anywhere, but the most common places for accidents to happen are:
In Public Places – slippery floors, uneven steps, moving vehicles and machinery all pose a high risk for people to sustain head injuries
Accidents at work – one of the most common situations for head injuries to occur is in the work place, whether by slipping or falling, or having an object fall onto you.
Hospitals – great care is taken to make sure slippery floors are clearly marked, but slips and falls do happen regularly in hospital. There is also the risk of medical negligence causing a head injury.
Car and vehicular accidents – accidents involving vehicles carry a high risk of head injury due to the speeds involved in the collisions.
What can you claim for?
If you’ve suffered a head injury and someone else was to blame you could claim compensation not only for the damage sustained to yourself and your pain and suffering, but also for any loss you have suffered as a result of the accident. For example if you had to give up work or pay for your treatments, travel etc, you can claim all of these costs and expenses back.
What to do next
If you or someone you know has suffered a head injury and it was someone else’s fault, contact us today to see if you can make a claim for compensation. Our team of highly experienced solicitors have many years of experience in dealing with cases like yours, so contact us today and see how much you could claim.