Slater and Gordon Lawyers has a group of expert brain injury solicitors who truly understand the many problems facing people suffering from brain injuries. We can help you to secure compensation and get rehabilitation support as quickly as possible. To find out more and to book an initial consultation, call us on freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online. Our contact centre is open 24/7 year-round.
We provide a sensitive, tailor-made service and can offer immediate legal representation and rehabilitation support anywhere in the UK.
Can I claim compensation for a brain injury?
Brain injuries can have a devastating impact on a person’s quality of life and they can also have major implications for the wider family. If you or someone you care about has suffered this type of injury, whether it’s due to an accident at work, a fall from height, an accident on holiday, a road traffic accident or medical negligence, you may be able to claim brain injury compensation.
In order to be successful in your claim, the injury must have been partly or fully caused by another party. Your solicitor must also be able to prove that the other party can be held legally accountable.
It’s important to be aware that brain or head injury compensation claims usually have to be made within a period of three years of the accident taking place. However, there are certain exceptions to this. For example:
- Children - If a child experiences a brain injury, the three-year time limit only comes into force at their 18th birthday. This means that it’s possible to make a compensation claim at any point before their 21st birthday.
- Mental capacity - If a person is deemed to lack mental capacity in the context of being able to take legal action, the three-year limit doesn’t come into effect until and unless they regain capacity.
- Injuries abroad - If a person is injured abroad, they may be subject to the time limits in place in the relevant country. Time limits for making claims are often shorter abroad.
- Criminal assaults - The time limit for claiming personal injury compensation following a criminal assault is usually two years.
Can I make a claim on behalf of someone else?
It’s possible to make brain injury claims on behalf of a friend or family member. If you do this, you’ll be referred to as a ‘litigation friend’ and you’ll be responsible for dealing with solicitors and making decisions in regard to the injured person’s claim.
The team at Slater and Gordon can advise you as to whether this is possible in your circumstances and, if you go ahead with the claim, we’ll support you and the person you’re claiming on behalf of every step of the way.
How do No Win, No Fee brain injury claims work?
The vast majority (98%) of our brain injury compensation claims are funded through a Conditional Fee Agreement, also known as a No Win, No Fee agreement. This means you can pursue compensation without risking your own finances, giving you added peace of mind.
Every brain injury compensation claim is different because each person has individual needs. We’ll try at a very early stage to give you our frank assessment of how successful your brain injury claim is likely to be so that you can plan for the future.
We’ve considerable experience of dealing with brain injury claims and can ensure that our expert solicitors support all aspects of your claim. As well as expert legal knowledge, brain injury claims require first class accident investigation and medical support. You can rely on our team to deliver this.
How much compensation can I get for a brain injury?
Because the brain is the control centre for the body, even seemingly minor injuries can have major consequences in terms of people’s physical and mental capacity and their quality of life. This means that brain injury compensation payments can be substantial.
The level of compensation you receive will depend on a range of factors, including the severity of your injuries and the extent to which another party was responsible for them. Your payment will also be affected by how much money you have lost or will lose in the future as a result of your injury, the level of care and support you need and how your injury has impacted on your life as a whole.
Our brain injury solicitors will assess your case and advise you on how much you can expect if you’re successful in your claim.
Can I get help with rehabilitation?
Compensation is essential to provide the best possible quality of life for people affected by brain injuries, but we also know that this isn’t always enough. Rehabilitation, aids, equipment and medical treatment all play a key part in helping someone with a brain injury return, as much as possible, to independent living.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers know that our role extends beyond securing financial compensation. We have a team of serious injury experts who’ll help manage your case and your care. We aim to provide a sensitive, tailor-made service for each individual client - and this includes helping you to meet your rehabilitation needs.
How long will it take to get compensation?
Brain injury cases can be complex and they often take longer than many other types of personal injury compensation claims to settle. This is because it can take time to understand the extent to which accident victims will recover and therefore how much compensation they’re entitled to.
Slater and Gordon will work to ensure a resolution to your case as quickly and efficiently as possible and our solicitors will provide you with realistic assessments of how long your claim is likely to take. This will help you to manage your expectations and plan your finances.
What are interim payments for brain injuries?
Once the other side has accepted responsibility for their part in causing a brain injury, we’re able to request interim payments for you. These payments, which are made before the brain injury claim is settled, can be used to cover expenses such as medical treatment, rehabilitation or housing or transport adaptations.
Headway: The Brain Injury Association
Headway is a registered charity that supports people who’ve suffered a head or brain injury and those who care for them. The organisation provides free advice and support throughout the UK. Slater and Gordon is proud to support Headway and the excellent work it does - and we’re members of its Personal Injury Solicitors List.
How Slater and Gordon can help you
Call our No Win, No Fee brain injury solicitors on freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online. As one of the largest and best known consumer law firms in the UK, and with offices around the country, you can rely on us to achieve the most favourable outcome in your compensation claim.
Many of our solicitors are members of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, the Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL) and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).