Brain Injury Compensation

Brain Injury Compensation Examples
Injury SeverityEffect on IndividualCompensation
Minor Head InjuryMinimal, if any, brain damage£1,450-8,400
Minor Brain DamageMood swings and/or poor concentration and memory£10,000-£28,250
Moderate Brain DamageAbility to work reduced£28,250-59,500
Moderate Brain DamageAbility to work greatly reduced£59,500-98,500
Moderate Brain DamageUnable to work / Personality change / Reduced senses£98,500-144,000
Moderately Severe Brain DamageSerious disability / significant dependence on others£144,000-185,000
Very severe brain damageLittle response to environment / Need for full-time care£185,000-265,000

We Can Help with Your Brain Injury Compensation Claim

If you have suffered a brain injury, or you are acting on behalf of someone who has suffered a brain injury, Blackwater Law are here to help and advise you. With many years’ experience of handling compensation claims for brain injuries of all types and severity, our specialist personal injury solicitors have the necessary knowledge and expertise to help you secure the compensation you deserve. Our team of personal injury solicitors will handle your brain injury compensation claim with skill, dedication and the utmost discretion, and you can trust us to act in your best interests at all times. So if you or someone close to you has suffered a brain injury, call us on 0800 083 5500 for a free, no-obligation discussion about your potential claim.

Why Choose Blackwater Law to Handle Your Brain Injury Claim?

Dealing with the consequences of a brain injury is difficult enough as it, so finding the right law firm and solicitor to handle your case is an extremely important decision, as a good personal injury solicitor can help to alleviate much of the pressure and stress of dealing with a brain injury compensation claim. There are many reasons why Blackwater Law are the best choice for handling a brain injury compensation claim, such as:

  • Our expertise in dealing with severe head injury and brain injury cases;
  • Our proven track record of securing maximum compensation by building the strongest possible case through specialist investigation and expert legal argument;
  • Our unique national network of medical experts that we use to build strong evidence in support of the your case;
  • Personal, confidential and empathetic support for all of our clients; and
  • Our ability to support your recovery through private rehabilitation though a large and unique national network of health professionals.

What Types of Brain Injury Can I Claim For?

There are many different types of brain injury, ranging from relatively minor concussions to life-changing traumatic brain injuries. Identifying what type of brain injury you have sustained and how it has affected your life will be crucial to the success of your head injury compensation claim, and your financial settlement will depend, to a large extent, on how much long term pain and/or disability you suffer as a result of the injury.

Concussive Brain Injuries

A concussion often occurs when the brain receives trauma from an impact or a sudden momentum or movement change, such as a fall, road traffic accident or physical assault. As a result of the concussion, the blood vessels in the brain may stretch and cranial nerves may be damaged.

  • A concussion can be caused by direct blows to the head, violent shaking of the head or force from a whiplash type injury (often sustained in road traffic accidents).
  • A concussion can lead to a brief loss of consciousness (not exceeding 20 minutes). A person may remain conscious after suffering a concussion, but could feel “dazed” or “punch drunk” as a result of the injury.
  • A concussion may or may not show up on a diagnostic imaging test, such as a CAT Scan.
  • Physical signs of concussion, such as skull fractures, brain bleeding or swelling, may or may not be present. Concussive brain injuries are therefore sometimes defined by exclusion and is considered a complex neurobehavioral syndrome.
  • A concussion can result in a diffuse axonal type injury, which in turn can lead to permanent or temporary brain damage.
  • A blood clot in the brain can sometimes occur as the result of a concussion, and is sometimes fatal.
  • It may take a few months – or even a few years – for a concussive brain injury to heal.

Cerebral Contusions

Cerebral contusions are a form of traumatic brain injury that causes a bruise of the brain tissue. Often caused by a direct impact to the head, cerebral contusions, like bruises in other parts of the body, can be associated with multiple microhemorrhages, which are small blood vessel leaks into the surrounding tissue.

Contusions occur in approximately 20–30% of severe brain injuries. This type of injury can sometimes cause a decline in mental function in the long term, and in the short term may result in brain herniation, a life-threatening condition in which parts of the brain are forced past parts of the skull.

Coup-Contrecoup Brain Injuries

Coup-contrecoup brain injuries are contusions that are present at both the impact site and on the complete opposite side of the brain. Coup-contrecoup brain injuries generally occur when the force of the impact is great enough to cause a contusion at the area of impact and also on the opposite side of the head to the impact area.

Due to the force required to cause coup-contrecoup brain injuries, they often occur as a result of automobile accidents or abusive or violent events, such as physical assaults. Coup-contrecoup injuries often cause additional complications such as hematomas (bleeding of the brain), swelling of the brain, and can also cause disruptions to the flow of cerebrospinal fluid (which surrounds and protects the brain).

Diffuse Axonal Injuries

A diffuse axonal injury (DAI) is a type of brain injury in which the trauma occurs over a widespread area of the brain. DAI is one of the most common and devastating types of traumatic brain injury and often results in unconsciousness and persistent vegetative states. DAI occurs in approximately 50% of all traumatic brain injuries and frequently results in the victim entering a comatose state immediately or shortly after the injury occurs. Over 90% of patients who suffer a DAI never regain consciousness. Those who do wake up often remain mentally and physically impaired and require a high level of care for the rest of their lives.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Closed Brain Injuries

Closed brain injuries occur when the head accelerates and then rapidly decelerates or collides with another object (for example, the windshield of a car) and the brain is damaged, not by a penetrating blow to the skull and brain, but by the violent shaking, stretching and twisting of brain tissue within the skull. The nerve endings connecting the skull to the brain are often torn or become completely separated from the brain in cases of traumatic brain injury. Closed brain injuries typically cause diffuse tissue damage that result in mental and physical disabilities, which are highly variable.

Open (Penetrating) Brain Injury

An open brain injury occurs when an object (such as a bullet, knife or piece of shrapnel) fractures the skull, enters the brain and injures the brain tissue in the process. These injuries tend to damage localised areas of the brain and, if the victim manages to survive, often result in catastrophic injuries and severe disabilities.

Anoxic Events

Anoxic brain injury (also known as cerebral hypoxia or hypoxic-anoxic injuries (HAI)) is a serious, life-threatening injury that can cause serious cognitive disabilities. HAI injuries are caused by a partial or total lack of oxygen to the brain. The greater the loss of oxygen, the more wide-spread and serious the brain injury will be. The common causes of anoxic brain injuries include respiratory arrest, choking, chemical poisoning (accident at work) and complications at birth (birth injury).

Second-Impact Syndrome “Recurrent Traumatic Brain Injury”

Second-impact syndrome (SIS), also known as “recurrent traumatic brain injury”, occurs when the brain swells rapidly after a person suffers a second concussion before the symptoms of an earlier concussion have subsided. This second impact may occur minutes, days or even weeks after an initial concussion, and even the mildest grade of concussion can lead to SIS. Second-impact syndrome can be fatal.

How Much Compensation Can I Expect to Receive?

The table below will give you an idea of the amount of brain injury (damage) compensation you or a close friend or relative can expect to receive. Although each case is judged individually, the severity of the brain injury combined with the effect on the individual as detailed in the table are likely to lead to the kind of compensation amounts shown below.

Brain Injury Compensation Examples
Injury SeverityEffect on IndividualCompensation
Minor Head InjuryMinimal, if any, brain damage£1,450-8,400
Minor Brain DamageMood swings and/or poor concentration and memory£10,000-£28,250
Moderate Brain DamageAbility to work reduced£28,250-59,500
Moderate Brain DamageAbility to work greatly reduced£59,500-98,500
Moderate Brain DamageUnable to work / Personality change / Reduced senses£98,500-144,000
Moderately Severe Brain DamageSerious disability / significant dependence on others£144,000-185,000
Very severe brain damageLittle response to environment / Need for full-time care£185,000-265,000

The level of compensation awarded for serious brain injuries will depend on:

  • The effect on life expectancy;
  • The extent of physical limitations;
  • The degree of dependence on others;
  • The ability to communicate;
  • The extent of any behavioural abnormality; and
  • The extent of epilepsy or risk thereof epilepsy.

The amount of compensation awarded for minor to moderate brain injuries will depend on:

  • The severity of the initial damage to the brain;
  • The extent of any continuing or permanent disability;
  • The extent of any change in personality;
  • The effect on concentration and memory;
  • The extent of epilepsy or risk thereof epilepsy; and
  • The extent of depression.

What Do I Do Next?

Call Blackwater Law today on 0800 083 5500 and speak with a specialist brain injury compensation solicitor. The solicitor you speak with will quickly assess the strength of your brain injury compensation claim and offer advice on the best way to proceed.

All accepted cases relating to brain injuries are operated on a “no win, no fee” basis.

The friendly personal injury experts at Blackwater Law will guide you through each stage of the legal process and keep you informed about the progress of your brain injury compensation claim throughout. In acting for you in making your claim, we will aim to build the strongest possible legal case on your behalf and endeavor to secure the maximum amount of compensation to help you move on from your injury.

Along with brain injury compensation claims, we also handle personal injury claims for other types of injuries, including neck injuries, wrist injuries, leg injuries and back injuries.

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