Head (Brain) Injury
There are different degrees of head injury, which tend to be classed as minor or major.
Minor head injuries can occur as a result of falls, road accidents, assaults or sports injuries.
A minor head injury is defined by:
- A loss of consciousness of less than 30 minutes (or no loss of consciousness)
- Post-traumatic amnesia (PTA) of less than 24 hours after the injury (a period where people are confused and are unable to remember what has happened)
Only around 10% of minor head injuries involve a loss of consciousness so it is important to not to rely just on this as an indicator. Symptoms of post-concussion syndrome may include headaches, irritability, feelings of dizziness, nausea, self-control problems, sensitivity to light, difficulty concentrating, sensitivity to noise, feeling low or anxious and problems with memory or thinking and problem-solving.
In many cases, a good recovery is made.
A moderate head injury is defined by:
- A loss of consciousness of between 15 minutes and six hours, or a period of post-traumatic amnesia of up to 24 hours.
A severe head injury is usually defined by:
- Where a patient has been in an unconscious state for six hours or more or suffered post-traumatic amnesia of 24 hours or more.
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If you have ongoing problems such as poor memory and concentration but have returned to a normal social life and work, the likely damages award would be between £13,070 to £36,740, depending on the extent of any continuing disability.
If your ability to work is reduced, the award may be higher, in the region of £36,740 to £77,410 or higher still if the ability to work is removed or greatly reduced (£77,410 to £128,060).
If a head injury is more severe and includes personality change, has affected sight or speech, there is a significant risk of epilepsy and there is no prospect of being employed, damages are likely to be between £128,060 and £186,890.
A severe brain injury is probably the most devastating type of injury that can be suffered. As the body’s control centre, the brain is responsible for so many different functions that any damage can affect physical movement, speech and senses. Someone’s personality can change overnight. The injured person will be seriously disabled and have to depend on others for constant professional and other care.
This can be heart-breaking and exhausting for an injured person’s family. Damages can be a lifeline to get help, whether you are the injured person or a loved one.
By making a claim, you can put a care and assistance package in place. In cases of severe brain injury, this could mean round-the-clock care from a professional. While this is often extremely expensive, if you are not to blame for your accident, the law says that the other side should cover the cost. We can help you get reports from specialised medical experts to see if there are ways to improve quality of life, such as rehabilitation or adaptations to your home.
Whether you are the injured person, or you are making a claim on behalf of your loved one, we know this is a difficult time for you. We will give you the support you need, and work with you to deal with the lifelong implications a brain injury can have.
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