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Very serious brain damage £245,000 - £350,000
Reasonably severe £190,000 - £245,000
Moderate £37,000 - £190,000
Mild head injury (minimal brain damage) £1,900 - £11,000
Epilepsy £9,000 - £130,000
There are many different ways in which a head injury can occur, during a road traffic accident, work accident or after a slip, trip or fall. For that reason, head injuries, which can be very serious, are also fairly common.
Though there are many types of accidents that may lead to a head injury. All head injuries fall into one of two categories; open head injuries or closed head injuries.
An open head injury, also known as a penetrating head injury, is when the skull is fractured by an object, consequently damaging the brain tissue. The most common cause of this is when a piece of skull bone perforates the brain tissue following a blow to the head and there is a subsequent skull fracture. However, gunshots, knives and other weapons can also cause an open head injury.
A closed head injury is the more common type of head injury. It is so called because although there may be a significant impact to the head, the bones of the skull remain intact, meaning there is no visible wound. This type of injury can lead to concussion and bleeding in and around the brain.
Effects of a Head Injury
Injuries can range from minor concussion - where the effect may not last longer than a few hours - to much more serious injuries, such as long-term brain damage, which can be life changing. The more severe a head injury, the greater the chance of permanent damage. Common symptoms include, but are not limited to:
- Reduced awareness
- Communication problems
- Memory loss
- Behavioural changes
- Weakness or paralysis
Serious head injuries can place a strain on you and your family - a strain that can be eased with the help of compensation. This is why it is important that you speak to a solicitor if you have been injured in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence.
How Compensation Could Help You
Seeking compensation can help to cover the cost of expenses incurred as a result of your head injury, as well as help to pay for certain treatments and assistance. This includes:
- Adapting or buying a new home
- Access to treatment not available on the NHS
- Special educational needs
- Lost earnings
- Full or part-time care
Take a look at the figures above to get an idea of how much you could claim for your injury, but remember, they are average compensation amounts, and do not take into account the cost of expenses incurred as a result of the head injury. These losses can be very significant and often significantly more that the injury aspect of the claim. Our team of specialist solicitors regularly secure multi-million pound settlements for claimants who have sustained a serious head injury as a result of someone else’s negligence. For a more specific calculation on how much you can claim, contact JMW.