Being the most common fatal injury among under-40s, you should always have your head injury seen by a medical professional immediately. If you suffered from a head injury at work because of someone else’s fault, i.e. your employer, you may be eligible for compensation. Garratts’ team of highly trained personal injury solicitors has handled hundreds of head injury claims. Fill in our contact form or call us on 0161 665 350 to determine if you’re eligible to make a claim.
Common causes for head injuries at work
Sadly, head injuries at work are often the result of negligent behaviour by employers who fail to provide employees with adequate safety equipment. By law, UK employers have a duty of care to manage health and safety risks in the workplace.
Head injuries at work can result from the following:
What are the symptoms of a severe head injury?
Severe head injuries can present with a range of symptoms, including:
- Loss of consciousness
- Fits or seizure
- Memory loss (amnesia)
- Severe speech delay
- Hearing loss
- Double vision
- Trouble staying awake
- Walking may be difficult
- Swelling may occur behind the ears or close to the eyes
- Vomiting (emesis)
- Nose and/or ears may bleed or have fluid running from them
Anyone who experiences any of these symptoms must seek medical attention right away. Failure to do so may result in a fatal outcome.
How long have I got to claim compensation?
Providing you are aged 18 years or over and a UK resident, you have three years from the date of your injury to claim compensation. If your accident occurred in the last three years, call Garratts as soon as you can. You may also claim on behalf of someone younger than 18 years old who may have completed an apprenticeship, work experience or was in part-time employment when the accident occurred. In this case, there is no time restriction until their 18th birthday.
How much can I claim for a head injury at work?
The amount of compensation awarded to you will vary based on the severity of your head injury and the level of impact it has had on your personal and professional life.
You may claim compensation for:
- general damages,
- medical expenses,
- loss of income,
- care costs,
- travel expenses.
Average compensation payouts recommended by the Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases (15th Edition) by the Judicial College can be found below:
- Between £1,760 and £10,180 for minor brain and head injuries.
- Between £12,210 and £34,330 for less severe brain and head injuries.
- Between £34,330 to £174,620 for moderate brain and head injuries.
- Between £17,620 and £224,800 for moderately severe brain injuries.
- Between £224,800 and £322,060 for severe brain injuries.