Head Injury Solicitors: Serious Head Injury Claims
If you or someone close to you has suffered a serious head injury, our Head Injury Solicitors can help you claim the compensation you are entitled to.
Talk to the head injury experts today for a free, no obligation consultation.
We understand that the idea of embarking on legal proceedings can be daunting, especially when you are dealing with so much, both physically and emotionally, already.
Let us help.
Due to the nature of the most serious head injuries it is often difficult or impossible for the victim to pursue a compensation claim independently, so they need your support now more than ever.
Helping them fight to secure a financial settlement that will provide the best possible quality of life in the future is the best thing you can do for them now, and we are here to make sure that happens.
If you or a loved one has sustained a serious head injury through no fault or your own, call Sheldon Davidson Solicitors today to arrange a conversation with our Head Injury Solicitors.
Based on the specific details of your situation we’ll be able to advise whether you have good grounds for a claim, and what you need to do next. SDS is recognised across Greater Manchester as the leading law firm for head injury claims.
We have over 20 years’ experience of helping people to get financial compensation when they’ve been the victim of an accident or negligence.
All you have to do in the first instance is pick up the phone and have an initial conversation with one of our specialist Personal Injury Lawyers in Manchester.
No Win No Fee Head Injury Claims
By focusing on the material circumstances of your case, we will be able to determine whether a compensation claim is the appropriate course of action.
In most cases, we are able to offer our legal services on a no-win, no-fee basis, so that our clients are able to get the support they need, without having to worry about the costs of legal representation.
Based on years of experience, we are able to judge, with a high degree of confidence, the likelihood of your claim being successful.
You have nothing to lose by calling us today to examine your case.
Can I make a Head Injury Claim?
If you have suffered a head injury in an accident that was caused by the negligent actions of another individual or organisation, and liability can be proven, then it will be possible to claim compensation.
In England and Wales, around 1.4 million people go to the hospital emergency departments with a head injury.
Many of these accidents could have been avoided had it not been for the negligent actions of someone else. The victims should therefore be compensated.
Whether your head injury was caused in a car accident, an accident at work, a health and safety breach in a public place, or through criminal violence, if someone else is responsible for what happened, talk to our trusted Head Injury Solicitors today.
What counts as a serious head injury?
The severity of a head injury is defined by the impact it has on the person’s life.
A minor head injury may involve facial injuries, dental injuries or loss of other senses that can have physical or psychological consequences long after the initial injuries have healed.
A significant bump, blow, or jolt to the head can cause injury to the brain that disrupts its normal function leading to serious symptoms that have a detrimental effect on a person’s work and private life.
Whether your head injury is mild or severe, you may struggle with certain basic functions that healthy people take-for-granted, and this can be life-changing, both for you and your loved ones.
From the circumstances of the accident, to the way the injury impacts the victim’s life, no two head injury cases are the same. In response, we tailor our services to each client’s individual needs, striving for the best outcome for you personally at all times.
The specialist Head Injury Solicitors at Sheldon Davidson Solicitors are widely recognised for their in-depth knowledge, compassionate approach and fierce determination to get the best possible results for clients with head injury compensation claims.
If you or someone you know has suffered a head injury, contact our trusted Head Injury Solicitors as soon as possible to find out how we can help.
We will be able to determine whether your specific circumstances are likely to warrant financial compensation and whether your case has a high chance of success.
What are the causes of serious head injuries?
Head injuries are the most common cause of disability and death in people aged 1–40 in the UK.
The head is extremely vulnerable in any type of accident, which is why we try to protect it by wearing helmets, hard hats and seatbelts.
Head injuries are caused either by a blow to the head or by shaking.
The most common causes of a head injury are:
Accidents at work
If a head injury is sustained in the workplace, there will almost always be good grounds for claiming compensation. Employers have a duty of care to protect their employees, and if a failure to do so leads to an accident a claim can be made against their insurance policy.
Road Traffic Accidents
Accidents on the road are a major cause of head injuries in the UK each year. Whether you were in a car, on a motorbike, on a bus or in a taxi, if the accident was someone else’s fault, you can claim compensation for your injuries.
Slips, Trips and Falls
People often hit their head on the ground or other hard object when they fall. If you slip, trip or fall in a public place such as an airport, hotel, restaurant, supermarket, or even just walking down the street, there is a good chance that someone was legally responsible for ensuring the accident couldn’t happen.
What are the common effects of a head injury?
Common symptoms of a mild head injury include:
- A headache
- Ringing in the ears
Common symptoms of a severe head injury include:
- A loss of consciounesss
- Memory loss
- Inability to focus the eyes
- Serious disorientation
Many symptoms of a serious head injury won’t appear immediately, so you should contine to monitor the injured person for several days after the accident.
Concussion occurs when a heavy blow to the head causes brain injury. The brain’s ability to function properly is impaired temporarily causing problems with memory, speech, balance, coordination and other cognitive functions. There are increasing concerns about the long term damage caused by repeated concussions in professional sport such as boxing, rugby and football.
Following a head injury, many people experience visual disturbances, a loss of hearing , taste or smell and problems with balance.
Seizures occur when the normal electrical function of the brain is interrupted. The symptoms of a severe seizure include violent shaking, loss of speech, lack of understanding, and tremors. The three main types of seizure are focal onset seizures, generalised onset seizures and unknown onset seizures.
A strong blow to the head may cause a break in the cranial bone known as the skull. The most common type of skull fracture is a linear fracture which usually heals quite quickly.
More serious types of skull fracture are depressed skull fractures and basal fractures which may require surgery.
Studies have shown that a traumatic head injury increases the risks of having a stroke tenfold within three month of the injury. The risks appear to decrease over time, but head injury sufferers are still 2.3 times more likely to have a stroke than those without such an injury.
Can I claim on behalf of the victim of a head injury?
Yes. We frequently work with the family members or close friends of the victim, especially if they do not have the capacity to pursue a claim by themselves.
If you are unsure whether you are entitled to make a claim, pick up the phone and speak with one of our trusted Head Injury Solicitors who will advise you of your rights.
What can a head injury compensation claim cover?
At Sheldon Davidson Solicitors, we believe that life-changing injuries deserve life-changing compensation, enabling the victim and their family to have the best possible treatment and outcomes.
We will work with you to ensure that every aspect of the victim’s life before and after the injury is considered and valued. We will seek a compensation package that enables the victim to enjoy an optimum quality of life.
Such a compensation package may include funds to cover:
- Modifications to the home
- Modifications to transport
- Access to on-going care and rehabilitation
- Access to respite care
- Loss of earnings for the victim and his/her carers
There are just some of the main types of compensation that you may seek to claim. Every claim will be tailored to the unique needs of the client
Are there time limits for making a Head Injury Claim?
It is always recommended that you seek legal advice from us as soon as possible after your accident.
In most cases you must issue court proceedings within three years of you first being aware that you have suffered an injury.
However, in certain exceptional circumstances, a court may decide to extend a time limit e.g. if someone is unable to bring a legal claim themselves.
If a child is injured by negligence, they usually have until their 21st birthday to formally start a claim.
How much can I expect to be awarded in a Head Injury Claim?
As with all personal injury claims, the amount of compensation you are able to claim depends on the nature and severity of your injuries and the impact they have on your life.
Unfortunately, head injuries are among the most serious types of injury that can happen to a person. Significant pain, suffering and loss of amenity are typical outcomes of a head injury, and the law recognises this severity through the level of compensation that can be awarded to those whose injuries were caused through no fault of their own.
For those who survive a severe head injury, recovery can take many months or years. The effects can last a lifetime.
Even a relatively minor head injury can have serious implications for the long-term health of the victim, even causing changes in a person’s personality.
Longer term treatment is necessary for some patients, including vocational, physical, and cognitive rehabilitation.
Over a lifetime, the cost can be extremely high.
The team of trusted Head Injury Solicitors at SDS will make sure every factor in your case has been considered in detail, to ensure the value of the compensation awarded accurately represents the losses and damages you have suffered both now and into the future.
The Judicial College Guidelines set out the amount of compensation paid out for general damages relating to head injury.
Below is a summary of the current guidelines on compensation settlement amounts for pain and suffering caused by head injury.
This list should only be used as an indication of the approximate range of compensation.
Many factors combine to arrive at the correct settlement amount for any individual case.
Simple nose fracture - £1,360 to £2,010
Simple cheek bone fracture - £1,850 to £2,390
Simple jaw fracture - £5,150 to £6,960
Loss or damage to front tooth - £1,760 to £3,150
Loss or damage to two front teeth - £3,470 to £6,080
Displaced nose fracture needing surgery - £3,150 to £4,070
Multiple facial fractures - £11,890 to £19,090
Impairment of Taste and Smell
Loss of smell - £19,920 - £26,230
Loss of taste - £15,300 - £19,920
Total loss of taste and smell - £31,220
Impairment of Sight
Minor eye injury - £3,150 to £6,960
Minor permanent damage to vision in one or both eyes - £7,270 to £16,720
Serious loss of vision in one eye - £18,880 to £31,320
Complete loss of sight in one eye - £39,270 to £43,710
Total blindness - Up to £252,180
Impairment of Hearing
Slight hearing loss or slight tinnitus - up to £5,590
Mild tinnitus with some hearing loss - £10,040 to £11,890
Moderate hearing loss - £11,890 to £23,670
Moderate tinnitus and hearing loss - £11,890 to £23,670
Total loss of hearing in one ear - £24,950 to £36,310
Total deafness - £72,330 to £87,410
Total deafness and loss of speech - £87,410 to £112,100
Less severe brain damage - £12,210 to £34,330
Minor brain or head injury - £1,760 to £10,180
Moderate brain damage - £34,330 to £174,620
Moderately severe brain damage - £174,620 to 224,800
Very severe brain damage - £224,800 to £322,060
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Less severe PTSD - £3,150 to £6,520
Moderate PTSD - £6,520 to £18,450
Moderately severe PTSD £18,450 to £47,720
Severe PTSD - £47,720 to £80,250
Less severe psychiatric damage - £1,220 to £4,670
Moderate psychiatric damage - £4,670 to £15,200
Moderately severe psychiatric damage - £15,200 to £43,710
Severe psychiatric damage - £43,710 to £92,240
Why choose Sheldon Davidson Solicitors?
Established in 1997, we have been handling personal injury claims, accident compensation and medical negligence claims for over twenty years.
Our expertise in this area allows us to guide victims of negligence through this often complex area of the law with compassion. Claims concerning life-changing head and brain injuries can be complicated, but Sheldon Davidson Solicitors have the knowledge, experience, and a track record you can count on.
Our extensive experience and network of specialists, including physiotherapists, medical experts and counsellors, means that we know how to ensure that you receive the treatment that you need to aid you on the road to recovery.
We recruit the best legal talent from across the country and we are dedicated to helping you to get the justice that you deserve. Speak to us today to discuss your case – we will quickly assess your circumstances and give you the best advice on how to proceed.
Contact a Head Injury Solicitor today
We are passionate about helping clients to seek appropriate justice and recompense, and our track record speaks for itself.
Based in Manchester, we work with clients across England and Wales, and we can offer you an initial consultation and a no win, no fee service if we think that you have good grounds for a case.
Our trusted Head Injury Solicitors act regularly for clients across Greater Manchester including Ashton, Bury, Bolton, Radcliffe, Prestwich, Middleton, Failsworth, Rochdale, Oldham, and Whitefield.
Sheldon Davidson Solicitors are a Lexcel accredited law firm. The Lexcel standard is only awarded by the Law Society to firms who meet the highest standards of practice management and customer service.
With Sheldon Davidson Solicitors in Manchester, you can be confident that your compensation claim is in safe hands.
Call us for free now using the number at the top of the page or complete the online contact form and a member of our team will get back to you.
Why choose us?
Established in 1997, we are a specialist personal injury, accident and medical negligence law firm acting for claimants who are victims of non-fault incidents.
At Sheldon Davidson Solicitors we also help our clients obtain the rehabilitation care they need without financial outlay.
Our personal injury solicitors regularly act for clients on serious head injury claims across Greater Manchester including Ashton, Bury, Bolton, Radcliffe, Prestwich, Middleton, Failsworth, Rochdale, Oldham and Whitefield.
Our team of recognised Serious Injury Claims Solicitors can support your needs wherever you live in Wales, England & Northern Ireland. We serve clients across the UK.
We specialise in no win no fee personal injury claims, which means if you don't win, you won't have to pay.
Call us for free now using the number at the top of the page or complete the online contact form and a member of our team will get back to you.
Sheldon Davidson Solicitors are a Lexcel accredited law firm. The Lexcel standard is only awarded by the Law Society to firms who meet the highest standards of practice management and customer service. With Sheldon Davidson Solicitors in Manchester you can be confident that your claim is in safe hands.