If a head or brain injury has set you back, we'll help you move forward

Head injuries, from mild concussions to severe trauma, can have a profound impact on an individual's life.

If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by a head or brain injury we can help. If your injuries were caused by someone else's actions or negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation for your medical costs, long-term care, loss of quality of life, and potential financial losses due to a change in your work prospects.

You can make a No Win, No Fee compensation claim with the help and support of a personal injury solicitor.

With over 150,000 head injury admissions every year, you are not alone

Head injuries range from superficial cuts and bruises, to serious life-altering injuries.

There were 356,699 UK hospital admissions for people with acquired brain injury in 2019-20, with males being 1.5x more likely than females to be admitted (headway.org.uk).

The number of unreported head injury accidents is likely to be much greater.

If you decide to make a head or brain injury claim, your personal injury solicitor will take you through every step of the claims process. Your solicitor will be with you until you win your claim and get the compensation you need to move forward.

If you need information on head injury symptoms and treatment, visit: Head injury (nhs.uk).

Am I eligible for head or brain injury compensation?

You will be able to claim compensation if you've been injured or diagnosed with an illness in the last three years and it wasn't your fault.

Use our injury claim calculator to find out if you can claim. Or you can call 0800 376 1001 to speak to a specialist advisor. Find out in minutes if you have a claim.

Can I claim if I feel I was partly responsible for my accident?

Determining who is to blame for an accident is not always black and white.

In our recent 2024 Personal Injury Claimant Survey, 13.99% of respondents believed they may have been partly (or wholly) responsible for their injuries.

When fault on both sides caused a claimant's injuries, this is called 'contributory negligence'. In these situations, compensation may still be payable on the basis of a split liability agreement.

Read more:

Can I claim if I feel I was partly responsible for my accident?

How long after a head or brain injury do I have to start a claim?

In most cases, you have up to 3 years from the date of your accident or injury to start a claim.

If you were injured due to someone else's negligence but didn't realise it at the time, the clock starts ticking from the 'date of knowledge' - the day you become aware of your injury.

For an injured child, the three-year limitation period begins on their 18th birthday, giving them until they are 21 to start a claim.

How much compensation can I claim for a head and Brain injury?

The amount of money you could claim will depend on:

  • the severity of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injury has affected your life. Your solicitor will take all of these effects into account to calculate the correct compensation award for you.

Head and Brain injury compensation calculator

Get an accurate compensation estimate (including for multiple injuries), confirm your legal position, and check if you have a No Win, No Fee claim.

Updated July 2024 Compensation Calculator v3.04

General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College (judiciary.uk) and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

How is compensation calculated if I have multiple injuries?

Special damages

If it can be proved that your injury left you unable to work, special damages can be awarded for any lost earnings, loss of commission or bonuses, and loss of pension contributions. It may also be possible to claim for loss of future earnings, if the medical prognosis establishes that you won't be able to work for any period in the future.

These damages will also cover the cost of any medical procedures you might need to treat or recover from your head or brain injury such as monitoring, medication for symptoms, surgical intervention if needed and rehabilitation.

Read more:

A complete list of recoverable losses in a personal injury claim

Average head and brain injury general damages compensation

The following head and brain injury payouts refer to the Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases, Sixteenth Edition by the Judicial College (oup.com).

These tables are used by solicitors or by the courts as a starting point when calculating your compensation.

Please note: these average figures represent general damages only, and do not include any element of special damages (e.g. lost wages).

Example Amount
Brain injury
Minimal injury with full or near-complete recovery £2,010 to £11,610
Minimal injury with full or near-complete recovery £2,010 to £11,610
Good recovery with a return to work and normal social life £13,930 to £39,150
Good recovery with a return to work and normal social life £13,930 to £39,150
Resulting in a lower degree of dependence £39,150 to £199,150
Resulting in a lower degree of dependence £39,150 to £199,150
Resulting in serious disability and substantial dependence on others £199,150 to £256,370
Resulting in serious disability and substantial dependence on others £199,150 to £256,370
Very severe with the need for full-time nursing care £256,370 to £367,260
Very severe with the need for full-time nursing care £256,370 to £367,260
Epilepsy
Less severe epilepsy £9,670 to £23,900
Established Petit Mal £49,850 to £119,430
Established Grand Mal £92,730 to £136,460
Facial injuries
Multiple fractures of facial bones £13,550 to £21,770
Le Fort fractures of frontal facial bones £21,650 to £33,400
Facial scars
£3,590 to £12,490
£8,280 to £27,350
£16,330 to £88,480

Claiming compensation for psychological injuries

If you have suffered psychological harm in addition to a physical injury or illness, you are not alone.

According to our 2024 Personal Injury Claimant Survey shows that 29.03% of potential claimants sustained a psychological injury, 70.97% of which related to a physical injury.

Brain injuries can cause significant anxiety and emotional distress due to potential cognitive and personality changes.

Compensation for psychological harm can help you access mental health support and therapies not always available through the NHS.

Our compensation calculator can estimate your compensation for psychological injuries. Or you can call us on 0800 376 1001 to speak to a specialist advisor.

Who is legally responsible (liable) for my injury?

Duty of care

When making a compensation claim, your solicitor will need to establish that you were owed a duty of care by another party.

A duty of care is when a person, company or organisation has a legal obligation to safeguard the well-being of others.

UK laws impose a duty of care on employers, businesses, road users, local authorities, landlords and the owners and occupiers of other premises, to protect people from harm.

Who is liable for your head or brain injury will depend on where your accident happened:

Road accidents

Road users owe a duty of care to other road users. If you were injured as a driver, passenger or pedestrian, a claim against the party at fault should be possible. A claim may also be possible if you were partly responsible for the accident.

Read more:

Making a road accident claim

Work accidents

If you were injured at work, your employer will probably be liable.

Businesses have a legal obligation to ensure that workers:

  • are provided with a safe place to work
  • are trained to carry out their role
  • have the necessary tools and equipment
  • are provided with any necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Even if your injury was due to the negligence of a co-worker or fellow employee, the employer will usually be held liable under the principle of vicarious liability.

Read more:

Making a work injury claim

Public place accidents

If you were injured in public place, like a shop, the owner or operator of the public space may be liable. If, for example, you are injured in a park or on a public road, the local authority may be liable.

The owner or operator should have public liability insurance to pay cover compensation if you are injured.

Read more:

Making a public place injury claim

Clinical negligence

Clinical negligence (also referred to as 'medical negligence') is when there has been a 'breach of duty' on the part of a healthcare professional.

A breach of duty means that the standard of care you received was below the standard that could reasonably be expected of a competent healthcare professional.

Medical negligence claims differ from personal injury claims as the following will need to be established in order to make a successful claim:

  • there was a breach of duty ("negligence" or "fault"); and
  • the breach of duty was the cause of your head or brain injury ("causation" or "avoidable harm").

Read more:

Making a medical negligence claim

What symptoms can I claim for?

Head injuries are when there has been damage to the scalp, skull, or brain resulting from trauma. Even relatively minor head injuries can lead to headaches, nausea, dizziness and impaired visions.

If your injury has resulted in any pain, suffering or loss of amenity, a claim may be possible. You will also be able to claim for any costs or losses you incur, such as lost earnings.

Medical assessment

To make a successful claim, you will need a medical assessment to help establish that your accident caused your injury, to ascertain the severity of your injuries and consider the long-term impact on your life.

The report will help ensure that you receive the support, care and financial compensation you need.

A medical assessment is a routine part of every personal injury claim.

Serious injuries

Any injury that has or will have a significant impact on your daily life would be considered serious.

Your injury may have left you unable to work and needing ongoing treatment

Concussion, brain damage and other serious head injuries can result in unpredictable symptoms, including:

  • Epilepsy and other seizures
  • Mood swings and depression
  • Personality changes
  • Problems with speech
  • Impaired coordination and movement

Whatever your symptoms, if your injury has had a detrimental affect on your life, a claim should be possible.

Sometimes, assessing the severity of a head or brain injury requires specialist medical expertise and additional medical assessments may be required.

How will head injury compensation help me?

A fundamental principle of personal injury law is that the law should try to return individuals to the state they would have been in if an accident and injury had never happened.

When making restitution to someone who has sustained a serious head injury, a financial settlement can only ever go so far.

The nature of a serious head injury is such that it can have life-changing repercussions for injured parties and their families. Recovery and rehabilitation can be a long, uncertain process.

Your expert personal injury solicitor will strive to get the maximum settlement for your head or brain injury:

  • for general damages to cover loss of amenity, including memory loss and loss of faculties
  • to reimburse medical expenses arising from the injury, such as treatment costs
  • to cover ongoing treatment and care costs
  • for other expenses, including travel costs to appointments
  • to cover any lost earnings, and future loss of earnings

Caring and sensitive support

Your solicitor will handle your injury claim from the initial consultation through to the financial settlement. In addition, your solicitor will work with other specialists to help you with:

  • Financial support: interim payments while you are unable to work.
  • Advice: on personal injury trusts, tax and welfare benefits.
  • Coordination: with rehabilitation providers and therapists.
  • Access: to treatment and therapies not always available on the NHS.

How has Quittance helped others?

We have assisted claimants in finding the right solicitor to help with a wide range of head and brain injury cases, including:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
  • Subdural haematoma
  • Subarachnoid haemorrhage
  • Injuries resulting in loss of senses, mental faculties or physical ability
  • Concussion
  • Diffuse axonal injuries
  • Open head wounds, including skull displacement and fractures
  • Minor head injuries, scars and burns

What happened?

The claims process for a head or brain injury will depend on where and how the accident happened. Click the icons below for more information:

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Citations

Source: (reviewed: 07/12/2023)

Chris Salmon, Director

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Chris Salmon, Director