A brain injury can have a serious and lasting impact on the lives of both its victim and those closest to them. At Hudgell Solicitors we understand that your compensation case – and the support and rehabilitation that it will fund – are critical to your future.
We specialise in advising, representing and supporting victims of serious, life-changing injuries – throughout their claim and beyond. Our experienced solicitors have represented hundreds of clients who have suffered the life-changing effect of a brain injury. And our support network has helped many victims and their families to a better life and a brighter future.
Contact Hudgell Solicitors today to find:
- Helpful advice on your situation and compensation claims
- Answers to your questions about personal injury law
- Information about a consultation with a specialist solicitor
Help and support every step of the way
Our support doesn’t end with a successful compensation claim. Hudgell Solicitors partners with Paul Spence and PAUL: My Brain Recovery to help support and rehabilitate our clients and others affected by brain injuries.
How to make a claim
We have a team of specialist serious injury solicitors who are experienced and dedicated to helping people who have suffered serious injury that are available throughout the country.
- Expert advice and support.
- Early compensation payments, where possible, to pay for medical treatment, rehabilitation and to help to pay your bills if you can’t work.
- Other services such as personal injury trusts, wills advice and power of attorney.
The thought of going to court for many people is stressful in itself which is why in many head or brain injury claims, we endeavor to negotiate a settlement so that a court appearance is not necessary.
We also understand that there is the added worry of financial loss which is why we offer a free consultation to discuss your options for getting the right compensation and rehabilitation for you as soon as possible.
The following outlines the process we will go through with you:
- Before discussing the severity of a head injury and its impact on everyday life, we need to find out how it happened and get as much detail as possible.
- One of our expert claims solicitors will then assess and analyse the details of your case and determine whether you have a case for compensation.
- The next step is to fully review your case, at no cost to you, and ensure we are armed with all the details about the physical, emotional and psychological impact the brain or head injury has had on your life.
- In all of the compensation cases we take on, we then offer our client full access to independent medical experts as well as other help, advice and support networks which we have established.
- Brain injury sufferer Paul Spence, who runs the charity PAUL: My Brain Recovery, is an ambassador for Hudgell Solicitors and we can arrange for a one-to-one meeting where he can offer his first-hand experience and advice.
- Whilst doing all of this, we will always be in close contact to keep you informed at every step of the legal process so you are aware of what’s to come next and allowing you to plan for the future.
How long after suffering a brain injury can I make a compensation claim?
Unlike other personal injury claims, where legal proceedings must start within three years of the accident – or three years after they turn 18 if a child is involved, there’s no time limit if an individual is unable to manage their own legal affairs, due to mental incapacity.
How much compensation will I get for a head injury compensation claim?
Claiming personal injury compensation is a complex process, where the amount awarded will vary on a case by case basis. However, because of the potentially long-term impact on a victim, the final settlement will often be a lot higher than that of an average personal injury compensation claim.
The compensation awarded reflects the initial pain and potentially long term suffering that could be endured , alongside initial costs incurred and potential future losses as well. This may include costs for rehabilitation, nursing, home adaptations or specialist equipment as well as transport requirements. If the injured person was unable to return to work, the loss of future earning would also need to be factored in to any settlement.
What if my loved one doesn’t have capacity to claim?
If the person suffering from a brain or head injury is not able to manage their own claim, then a trusted friend or relative can do this on their behalf. In doing so they will adopt the role and responsibilities as if they were the claimant themselves, in other words take on the role of ‘Litigation Friend’ under duty to act upon the victims best interests.
Can I get free legal support and 100% of the damages settlement for a brain injury compensation claim?
We continue to offer free legal support to children, people without mental capacity, and families making claims following fatalities, with a promise of them retaining 100% of the damages secured.
Many law firms scrapped such price promises following statutory legal reforms in 2013. However, we are dedicated to providing vulnerable people with the best legal support free of charge, ensuring they receive the entire amount of damages awarded.
We know the damages received are vital for victims and families to start rebuilding their lives, and to make any adaptations needed at home to live as comfortably as possible in the future.
Meet our specialist, Jane Woodcock
At Hudgell Solicitors, we take a rehabilitation driven approach to our handling of all head and brain injury cases because we believe that by doing this it is the only way we will provide our clients with the best chance of rebuilding their lives.
It is never about simply assessing how the injury was suffered and taking legal action against those responsible. Instead, we try to fully understand the prognosis and implications the injury will have on the client for the rest of their lives.
We work to secure head injury compensation payouts that not only cover the cost of a quality care package, but also provides vital ongoing emotional, physical and psychological support at all times.
What types of head and brain injury are there?
Any type of trauma which causes an injury to the scalp, skull or brain has the potential to have a serious impact on the individual involved.
Whilst a visible wound may be present in some cases, a thorough investigation is always advised so that the extent of any head or brain injury can be properly assessed.
Even if an injury not always visible, all head traumas should be closely monitored, because symptoms can develop later on.
The 3 main types of head injury are:
Concussion: Most common and a minor type of head injury. Symptoms should be checked because any deterioration in response levels may mean there is compression on the brain and may lead to a more serious complications.
Open: Pressure or force which is strong enough to cause a fracture or displacement of the skull. An open head injury may not always include a brain injury.
Closed: A type of head injury where the structure of the skull is not affected or fractured, despite undergoing impact or trauma.
What can cause brain injury?
Serious head traumas can happen due to a number of causes, and this will influence the course and outcome of any potential claim.
Below are some common activities which can lead to head or brain injury claims:
- Road traffic accidents
- Clinical/medical negligence (e.g. failure to diagnose infections) – see our dedicated page for more information.
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Accidents at work
- Assault (e.g. violent attack from member of public)
- Falls from height
- Military accidents
- Sporting accidents
Meet Matthew Burke:
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) explained
Apart from injuries resulting from clinical negligence, this is the most common type of injury we deal with – it is caused by physical damage to the head resulting in knock-on effects to the brain.
The large majority of TBIs are caused by impacts to the head, although they can also be caused by the head being crushed or penetrated by foreign objects.
Aside from the preliminary physical damage caused by the actual accident, which can be severe in itself, the brain can also suffer subsequent damage resulting from the initial trauma.
A common secondary effect of brain trauma is oxygen starvation, or cerebral hypoxia. This is where the brain doesn’t receive as much oxygen as it requires and cells die as a result.
Another secondary effect is intracranial swelling, where the brain becomes compressed by fluids building up within the skull. This increased pressure can constrict blood vessels, decreasing circulation and therefore starving parts of the brain – sometimes leading to irreversible damage.
Clotting is another common secondary effect consistent with traumas that result in a bleed within the brain. When this blood pools and subsequently clots, it can cut off circulation and, much like with swelling, lead to oxygen starvation in the deprived areas.
How might you be affected by a brain injury?
Depending on a head or brain injury’s cause and severity, its effects can be widely varied and may present themselves in a number of ways. The location of the injury to the brain can also significantly affect the subsequent symptoms.
Each area of the brain caters for certain mental and physical functions, so it is hard to quantify or fully cover the potential impact a serious brain injury may have.
As a general outline it can be broken into three groups:
Cognitive function: This may be affected, and this can have a big impact on the patient’s ability to function independently after the accident. Problems such as memory loss can present serious problems for a patient in reintegrating with society following an injury, and may require extended therapy to regulate or overcome. Likewise, a reduced ability to solve problems, multi-task and plan ahead can also significantly affect a patient’s life.
Motor function: Physical abilities (known as motor function) may also be impacted, which can result in reduced mobility and increased reliance on others to do everyday activities. This loss of independence can also result in negative emotional reactions.
Emotional responses: These may be altered, resulting in symptoms that can be hard to diagnose or quantify and are therefore can be complex to treat. They can be relatively minor but nonetheless distressing, such as mood swings, or could extend to significantly changed behaviour, such as feelings of depression and apathy or a lack of personal awareness.
Brain and head injury associations
We are members of the Brain Injury Group (BIG), the UK’s first dedicated panel of brain injury solicitors. BIG’s and Hudgell’s aim is to make access to legal support, rehabilitation and care easily available to anyone affected by brain and head injuries.
Hudgell Solicitors are also accredited by the brain injury association and charity, Headway. Headway offers an extensive network of support groups across the UK that offer extensive aftercare services such as rehab programs, social reintegration and carer support. Hudgell Solicitors have pledged to operate within the Headway Personal Injury Lawyers’ Code of Conduct, and this helps us to continue delivering excellence in the service of those affected by head and brain injuries.
To ensure all of our clients receive this excellent service, we’ve partnered with Paul Spence and PAUL: My Brain Recovery in order to continue providing aftercare excellence. Campaigner and fundraiser, Paul Spence, suffered a serious brain injury himself but, as an ambassador for us, now focuses on helping to support and rehabilitate those affected by head and brain injuries that we represent.
How we can help
We have a team of specialist serious injury solicitors who are experienced and dedicated to helping people who have suffered a head or brain injury for clients throughout the country. We provide:
- expert advice and support
- providing early compensation payments, where possible, to pay for medical treatment, rehabilitation and to help to pay your bills if you can’t work
- other services such as personal injury trusts, wills advice and power of attorney
In many cases we can negotiate a settlement rather than going to court. So, if you or a loved one has suffered a head injury contact us today for free initial advice about making a claim for compensation.