How Do You Make A Head Injury At Work Claim?

This guide will explain how to make a head injury at work claim. We will also explain how head injuries at work, such as a concussion, may happen. And we have included a compensation table so that you can look at the guidelines for evaluating injuries.

Head injury at work

Head injury at work

Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, your employer owes you a duty of care, which means that the employer is responsible for ensuring that your work environment is safe and hygienic as much as can be reasonably expected. So, what happens if you suffer a head or brain injury at work because your employer acted negligently? Your employer could be liable for your injuries and have to pay you compensation.

To begin your head injury at work claim, please call us on 0161 696 9685, or contact us via our website. A trained advisor can offer you legal advice. And what’s more, our panel of solicitors could offer to handle your claim on a No Win No, Fee basis. So please get in contact right now to begin your claim.

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Types Of Head Injury At Work Claim

You might be eligible to claim compensation for a head injury at work if your employer acted negligently. Let’s look at some examples of head injuries a worker may experience. Many of the types of head injuries below are serious medical emergencies that require immediate medical treatment. Otherwise, they can be life-threatening. If someone is severely injured, please dial 999 for an ambulance.

  • A concussion, Symptoms of a concussion include headaches, dizziness and nausea.
  • An intracranial hematoma (ICH), epidural hematoma, subdural hematoma is when there is a bleed on the brain.
  • Traumatic Brain Injury, TBI, trauma to the brain that can result in brain damage.

A blow (blunt force trauma) to the head can cause a fractured skull and broken skull bone injuries. Consequently, fractured skull injuries may require surgery to repair. So let’s look at some examples of broken skull bone injuries below.

  • A linear skull fracture is a crack in the skull. The linear skull fracture does not have any splintering or distort the bone.
  • Moreover, a diastatic skull fracture occurs in infants and newborn babies more commonly.
  • A depressed skull fracture causes part of the skull to cave inwards.
  • And a basilar skull fracture affects the base of the skull.

Work-Related Head Injury Statistics

According to the Health and Safety Executive, 2,542 non-fatal head injuries at work took place during 2020/21. The HSE also recorded an additional 98 injuries to several locations on the head during the same period.

Starting Your Head Or Brain Injury Claim

If your employer neglects proper health and safety standards, this could possibly lead to accidents causing a head injury at work. An accident can happen because a heavy object fell from a high shelf, or part of the ceiling came down, striking a worker on the head. Or the employer may not have provided a worker with a hard hat in a hazardous environment. Taking the following steps can help if you have a valid head injury claim.

  • Seek the appropriate medical attention, especially if you are severely injured. Your solicitor can use your medical records to prove your injuries.
  • Gather evidence that shows how your employer was responsible for your head injury. Such as photographs of the hazard that caused your injury at work.
  • Report your injuries to your manager. Your manager should record the workplace accident in your company’s accident log book.
  • Keep a diary of the symptoms you experience and your recovery.
  • Contact, and let our expert advisors assess the validity of your case.

Limitation Periods You Need To Be Aware Of

There is a time limit for making a head injury at work claim. According to the Limitation Act 1980, there is a three-year personal injury claims time limit. The time limit begins the day the accident at work occurred. Or the time limit will start on the date that you connect your injury to negligence.

There are exceptions, especially for those with reduced mental capacity or those under the age of 18. As minors cannot represent themselves a litigation friend can be appointed to pursue the claim on their behalf. If no claim is made by the time the minor turns 18 their 3-year time limit will begin. For those who have reduced mental capacity, the time limit is frozen until a recovery is made. Again a litigation friend can represent the victim.

How Much Could You Be Awarded In A Head Injury At Work Claim?

Please feel free to use the table below as a guide to how much your head injury at work claim is worth. The table shows how your general damages compensation is calculated. We used guidelines from the Judicial College to create this table.

Moreover, lawyers use these guidelines to help them value injuries in personal injury cases. However, please note the final compensation payment you will receive will depend on many factors. So please call our helpline, and an advisor can estimate how much you could claim.

SeverityInjury TypeDamagesComments
Very Severe (A)Brain Damage£264,650 to £379,100In the most serious of instances the person may be able to follow some basic commands. They could be able to open their eyes and may have a pattern of sleeping/ wakefulness.
Moderately Severe (B)Brain Damage£205,580 to £264,650The person could have a serious disability and will be very dependent on another person. They require professional help/ care.
Moderate (C) (I)Brain Damage£140,870 to £205,580This person suffered a moderate to severe level of intellectual deficit. The personality may also have been affected or altered.
Moderate (C) (ii)Brain Damage£85,150 to £140,870Intellectual deficits will be modest to moderate. The person either can not work, or can only do so at a reduced capacity.
Moderate (C) (iii)Brain Damage£40,410 to £85,150Memory and ability to concentrate are reduced/ affected. The capacity to work has been reduced.
Less Severe (D)Brain Damage£14,380 - £40,410Victims could make a good degree of recovery returning to work and their social life.
Minor (E)Head Injury£2,070 - £11,980Any brain damage caused should be minimal.

You can receive up to two heads of claim if your workplace injury claim is successful.

  • General damages compensate you for the physical and mental harm caused by your injuries. Shown in the table above.
  • Special damages compensate you for the expenses your injuries have cost you.

Examples of special damages you could receive could include the following:

  • Medical costs, including rehabilitation, an operation or any medication you may need.
  • Travel expenses, such as the cost of seeking alternative transport if you were unable to drive after your head injury.
  • Reimbursement for the cost of specialised care.
  • Reimbursement for your loss of earnings if you were unable to work after an accident.
  • If you become disabled, you can claim compensation for mobility equipment and adapting your home.

Begin A Brain Or Head Injury Claim With A No Win No Fee Lawyer

To begin your head injury at work claim, please contact us today. Our panel of personal injury lawyers can help you claim the compensation you deserve. What’s more, you will have the option to sign a Conditional Fee Agreement and make a No Win No Fee claim.

When you make a No Win No Fee claim, you will not have to pay a solicitors fee upfront. Therefore, it’s a more affordable way to hire legal representation. Instead, they will deduct a success fee from your final compensation payout if you win your claim. However, they won’t charge you a success fee if your compensation claim is unsuccessful.

At our advisors will only connect you to our panel of No Win No Fee solicitors if there is adequate evidence to prove that your employer caused your accident by acting negligently. And that your head injury was caused by your accident at work.

To begin your claim, please contact us using the details below:

  • Call our compensation advice line on 0161 696 9685
  • Or contact us using our website
  • Alternatively, ask us a question directly using the Advice widget

Learn More About Workplace Injury Claims

Feel free to read these online guides to find out more about claiming for an accident at work.

Back Injury At Work Claims Guide

How To Make Compensation Claims For Slip Trip And Fall Injuries

Can Agency Workers Claim Compensation If Injured In An Accident At Work?

Office Workplace Accident Claims

An NHS guide to traumatic brain injuries

NHS advice for treating a minor head injury

A Citizen’s Advice guide to claiming for accidents at work

Thank you for taking the time to read our guide to making a head injury at work claim.