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Brain and head injury compensation claims

Helping you rebuild your life after a brain or head injury

Every year around 1 million people attend hospital suffering from some form of head trauma or brain injury. A significant number of people will suffer on-going symptoms after head injury, ranging from mild, short term difficulty with memory, through to severe lifelong cognitive disability.

A severe brain or head injury can turn lives upside down. The whole family will be faced with the challenge of coming to terms with the injury and then re-building their lives. To do so, you will need lots of help and support to first recover, and then secure your financial future.

There is often a stigma attached to bringing a claim for compensation, but by doing so, you give yourself the chance of securing the best possible treatment, rehabilitation, care and support that would otherwise be out of reach. We have experienced, specialist brain and head injury lawyers to advise you about the merits of bringing a claim and guide you successfully through the process.

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What our injury lawyers can do for you

Understanding brain injury and its consequences is key to working with those that have suffered from one. Our team of brain injury solicitors specialise in dealing with the issues that arise from brain injury, such as bringing claims for brain injury compensation and advising on issues relating to capacity, financial affairs and care. Our goal is to help you recover from your injuries and get your life back on track as soon as possible.

How we can help:

Rehabilitation

Our specialist brain injury solicitors will focus on the provision of suitable rehabilitation at a very early stage and use the litigation process to meet the cost of this on a private basis from the outset. We may also arrange to appoint a case manager to coordinate on-going rehabilitation and to ensure that it is adapted to meet your continuing needs.

Compensation

Depending on the extent and effects of your injury, we can pursue compensation for:

  • medical treatment, rehabilitation and care
  • loss of earnings
  • accommodation (new or adapted), equipment and transport
  • an award for the brain injury itself

Ongoing legal support

Clarke Willmott is a full-service law firm, so unlike many other solicitors offering spine injury advice, we can give you expert guidance on any other legal matters arising from your injury, such as employment issues or protecting your interests if you lose capacity to manage your affairs.

Reasons to choose Clarke Willmott

  • Free initial consultation – to discuss the grounds for your claim and the likelihood of success. There is no obligation to go any further after this initial meeting.
  • Where you need us – specialist solicitors on hand in Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Southampton, Taunton and London. If you can’t come to us, we’ll come to you.
  • Recognised brain and head injury experts – we are accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and ranked as band 1 by Chambers & Partners legal directory. Our partners are also actively involved with brain injury charities and the brain injury community.
  • Help to fund your claim – we can help you explore your funding options including ‘no win no fee’ and legal aid.
  • Winning record – excellent track record of winning brain and head injury compensation claims, some with compensation worth several million pounds.
  • Partner led service – where many firms use unqualified case handlers to run your claim, at Clarke Willmott it will be overseen by a partner who is also one of our most senior lawyers, to ensure you receive the best possible service and advice.
  • Support step-by-step – we understand that questionnaires and form filling can be confusing and time consuming. That’s why we offer face to face meetings to talk you through the paperwork and help you complete it.

Frequently asked questions

How do I make a claim?

Start by seeking advice from one of our specialist brain and head injury solicitors. The initial consultation is free and will help you understand whether your claim is likely to have a positive outcome for you. In reality, not every claim is worth pursuing – some cases are simply too complicated or expensive and have a poor chance of success.

During your consultation, we learn about your case and outline our plan to achieve the best possible outcome for you, your rehabilitation, your recovery and your legal case. There is no obligation to go any further after this initial meeting.

How can I pay for the expenses of my claim?

It’s important to consider how you’re going to pay your legal expenses especially as the cost of pursuing an injury claim can be high. However, there are funding options available that could help reduce the expense, such as an existing insurance policy covering claims of this nature, a Conditional Fee Agreement (often called ‘no win no fee’) or legal aid.

Before you embark on your claim, we will talk you through:

  • The potential cost of pursuing your injury claim
  • What percentage of these costs you might get back
  • What funding options are available to you.

How much compensation could I get?

Every case is different – the level of compensation you receive will depend on the seriousness and duration of your injuries, plus the effect they have on your everyday life and future.

As a result of the long periods of rehabilitation and recovery from brain injury it is often difficult to calculate the amount of compensation, to be claimed for, until sometime after the accident.

Where the injured person cannot work, there may be an immediate loss of income. At the same time, extra expense may be incurred, to cover travel, medical expenses, childcare etc. Where possible we will obtain an interim payment, which is an advance of compensation to meet financial needs. Often several such advance payments can be secured as the case progresses.

When the medical evidence is finalised, it is generally possible to identify the losses and expenses to include in the compensation claim. These will often include such things as:

  • Partial or complete loss of earnings and pension
  • The cost of future medical treatment, rehabilitation and therapy
  • The cost of extra or adapted accommodation
  • The provision of nursing and/or domestic care
  • Transport and equipment
  • An award for the brain injury itself

Can I get financial help whilst I am unable to work?

If you have suffered a serious brain or head injury, it is unlikely that you will be able to immediately return to work following your accident, which often creates financial problems. We can request an interim payment on your behalf from the Defendant’s insurer to ease financial pressures and allow you to concentrate on your rehabilitation. We can also advise you about state benefits that you may be entitled to.

How long will my compensation claim take?

The length of your compensation claim could take will depend on many factors, such as the type of injury you have sustained and whether you are suffering financial problems as a result. Your solicitor will give you a better idea of the likely timescale for your settlement once they have investigated your claim. If necessary, they can seek to obtain interim payments to cover your immediate financial losses and ongoing expenses.

Can you take over from my current solicitor?

The success of your compensation claim can be dependent on your choice of solicitor. If you are worried about how your claim is being handled, we would advise that you first raise any concerns with your current solicitors.

Then, if your issues cannot be resolved and you would like to change solicitor we’d be happy to discuss your claim with you. If you transfer your injury claim to us, we can obtain your file from your current solicitor to help avoid any further delays in your case.

All Clarke Willmott’s brain and head injury lawyers are specialists in their field. Our partner led service ensures you will always receive the best possible advice. We also ensure there is always someone on hand to update and advise you on your case.

Contact our brain and head injury experts

Get in touch online now or call 0800 316 8892 to arrange a free, no obligation consultation with a specialist brain and head injury solicitor. We can meet wherever is convenient to you – either at your home, at one of our offices in Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Southampton, Taunton and London, or even in hospital.

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