After a head or brain injury, it is crucial that you and your family seek advice from specialist solicitors who understand the importance of brain injury compensation claims and early assessment, rehabilitation, and support.
A brain injury claim can be complex. It is imperative that you instruct a specialist solicitor who has both the legal knowledge to help with claiming compensation and the support network in place to provide the financial, physical and emotional help you need to get your lives back on track.
1.4 million people attend hospital each year in the UK after a head injury. Around 80% of head injuries are categorised as mild and the recovery time is fairly quick. However, in some circumstances, these injuries may result in a significant impact on the injured person’s life.
With over 30 years’ experience, we have dealt with many types of brain and head injury compensation claims. We understand the impact this may have on the injured and their family.
A concussion is classified as a mild traumatic brain injury and can cause both short and long-term problems. Often these injuries are not picked up on MRI or CT scans, which can lead to confusion over the diagnosis of a brain injury.
All brain injuries are unique, and even small knocks to the head can result in damage to the brain. Brain injuries are classified by the severity of the injury, as either mild, moderate, or severe - but these categories don’t necessarily indicate the symptoms a person may experience and how well they will recover.
In most cases, minor head injuries do not result in permanent damage and generally, people will make a full recovery within 3-4 months after the accident. However, different people recover in different ways and some people may not recover as well or as quickly as expected. For those people, a mild head injury can be anything but a mild experience.
The main concerns after an injury are your immediate needs and getting better over time. Picking a solicitor to make a brain injury compensation claim should tick both these boxes, and a good solicitor will prioritise early treatment as well as after-care to help ensure the best possible recovery and emotional wellbeing.
Making a brain injury compensation claim can offer a vital lifeline for patients and families. A claim isn’t just about compensating you for the pain and suffering you have endured. It can also provide much needed financial assistance (particularly if you are unable to work), and help with funding for treatment, rehabilitation, aids and adaptations, equipment and more.
It’s important to choose a solicitor who has the expertise to handle complex brain and head injury claims, which may not mean your most local firm. A good solicitor will travel to meet you in the hospital or at home and listen to you and your family’s needs to create an early assessment and rehabilitation plan.
As head and brain injury specialist solicitors, we understand that claiming compensation can give a lifeline to families. Statistics show that early access to rehabilitation and support will help achieve the best outcomes, having a direct impact on your recovery time, independence and quality of life.
Whilst you or your loved one are still in the hospital, we can meet with you to discuss how we can help and ensure you feel comfortable with your solicitor. We will work closely with the hospital to ensure all areas of treatment are covered. We work with the treating teams to see if there is anything we can help fund where there is no immediate provision available to help you, such as Neuropsychology, Neuro-physiotherapy, or assistive technology.
On discharge home, we can also make a considerable difference to you and your family’s quality of life. We will continue to visit and help with planning for life. We offer ongoing mental, physical health and wellbeing support, helping families to live fulfilled lives.
Right from the start, we pull together with you and your family and get to know you. We find out what your most crucial needs and concerns are and work with you to put a plan in place to help you to start to get your life back on track. This can include the provision of emergency funding, help to access early treatment and rehabilitation, as well as providing support for the whole family.
We build a team around you and your family, choosing solicitors with specialist expertise in dealing with brain and head injury compensation claims. A Client Support Manager will also work alongside your solicitor. They are highly experienced healthcare professionals who provide practical support and insight into your and your family’s needs. They work as part of a multidisciplinary team to ensure the best possible support for you and your family at all times. Our Client Support Managers will meet you at a very early stage to make sure we have a full understanding of your existing and future needs.
Providing our comprehensive support services requires time and dedication. To ensure you receive the support you deserve, our solicitors work with fewer clients than is typical in the legal industry, ensuring they have the time to dedicate to getting to know you and your family, and making sure your needs are met. It also means they can work intensively and proactively on your claim, resulting in full compensation for your injuries and the best possible outcome for you, without unnecessary delay.
Speak to one of our expert serious injury solicitors to see how we can help you and your family.
The amount of compensation you can claim for a brain or head injury can vary quite drastically based on the severity of the injuries you have sustained. For instance, some cases are settled for millions of pounds, which provides for lifelong care and support, both for the injured person and their family.
Broadly speaking, you can claim for the following: -
If you believe that you have a brain or head injury claim, then it is crucial you contact an experienced solicitor with expertise at the earliest opportunity.
There is a strict time limit when pursuing any compensation claim. Generally speaking, you have 3 years from the date of the accident to bring a claim. However, this period may be extended where the injured person lacks capacity or is under the age of 18 years old.
If you have sustained a brain or head injury during a criminal assault, there is a two-year time limit when claiming against the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).
The claims process can help fund the medical costs and expenses incurred as a result of a brain or head injury, including
Yes, you can.
In some instances, a family member may be unable to make a brain injury claim themselves as they lack capacity or are under the age of 18 years old.
In such cases, the injured party can appoint another person to manage their legal affairs. Usually, this is a close family member. This person is known as a Litigation friend.
If you, or a loved one, have sustained a brain head injury and you are seeking compensation, the first step is to speak to a specialist solicitor.
At CFG Law, we offer a FREE no-obligation help and advice service. We will explain the legal aspect and benefits of pursuing a claim and the chance of success.
Our brain injury solicitors take a different approach. We will listen and understand the needs of the injured person and their family. Our focus is not just on the compensation claim, but also on helping clients access early funding for treatment, support and comprehensive rehabilitation, as well as providing excellent legal advice and guidance every step of the way.
We pull together with you and your family to support you with expert legal advice, financial assistance including benefits advice and emergency funds, physical help with early intervention for treatment, rehabilitation and therapies, as well as emotional and psychological support for the whole family.
All of your team will, of course, be experts and specialists in serious injury but there’s much more to what we do.
Our Client First Service means that our solicitors work with fewer clients than is typical in the legal sector, ensuring they have the time to dedicate to working collaboratively with you and your family.
We work intensively and proactively on your claim, resulting in full compensation for your injuries without unnecessary delay.
Lack of funding should not get in the way of you receiving treatment and support when you need it. This is why we have an emergency fund to help plug any gaps in your support straight away.
Examples of our emergency fund in action include paying for travel expenses for your family to visit in hospital, funding additional treatment and therapy to assist your recovery and addressing any immediate financial concerns you may have.
We can also help with benefits applications and provide support with appeal processes and signposting to charities and other emergency funding.
We have Client Support Managers with expert clinical experience involved as part of your team from the start. They are able to provide well-informed guidance on available support and treatment options, helping you and your family to make the right decisions for you, as well as plugging any gaps in the information provided by your treating team.
Your Client Support Manager can also liaise with your treating team to help with discharge to suitable accommodation, including arranging and facilitating care packages and sourcing aids and equipment to improve your function and independence.
We work in collaboration with health and social care, as well as charities to ensure we all pull together to enable you to achieve your best possible outcome and lead a fulfilled life.
Sustaining a serious injury inevitably has a significant psychological, as well as a physical impact on you and your family.
We understand that it is important that all psychological and emotional factors are given as much attention as any physical injury to achieve the best outcomes.
That is why we listen carefully to you and your family to identify any possible underlying psychological barriers and emotional needs and ensure they are addressed as part of your support plan.
Find out how we have worked together to support our clients and their families throughout their recovery: