Head and brain injuries

As one of the most important parts of the human body, any injury to the head or to your brain can lead to serious consequences that are traumatic and life-changing both for you and for those around you.

Head and brain injuries

As one of the most important parts of the human body, any injury to the head or to your brain can lead to serious consequences that are traumatic and life-changing both for you and for those around you.

In our experience, those with serious head and brain injuries require specialist treatment, rehabilitation, equipment, and care. That’s why it is pivotal that, if the incident was not your fault, that you claim personal injury compensation for your head or brain injury and ensure that you’re covered financially for the outlays in ensuring that you are taken care of, as well as ensure that you are not negatively impacted by being unable to return to work.

Head injuries vary in a number of ways including cause, impact, and type. If the accident that caused it wasn’t your fault, you could be able to make a claim if the accident happened in the last three years.

Claim Today has been a personal injury brand specialising in compensation claims including head and brain injury claims for over 20 years and we have the experience and expertise to get you the personal injury compensation and support you need to look ahead to the future.

What counts as a serious head or brain injury?

No matter the extent of the injury, in cases of head and brain injuries, the impact of injuries could become more pronounced over time and therefore it is best to monitor the situation and seek medical attention if its appropriate.

In regards to claiming compensation, we can let you know if you can claim at any stage of your injury, and monitor your injuries as time goes by to ensure that you’re receiving the correct treatment and that your claim is appropriate.

Types of head and brain injury

The main types of head and brain injuries we see are:

  • Concussion
  • Penetrating / open-head injuries
  • Diffuse axonal injury (DAI)
  • Subdural haematoma (SDH)


Concussions are fairly common, but that doesn’t mean that they are not serious. Often related to contact sports such as rugby and American football (and European football to a lesser extent), concussions occur with a hit to the head that causes someone to lose consciousness.

This can take place anywhere, whether it be part of the impact in a road traffic accident, a workplace accident, or a trip or fall in public.

There are many symptoms of a concussion, most commonly being unconscious for a period, headaches, and loss of memory. People can also experience confusion, dizziness, as well as problems with their vision and speech.

Those who have suffered a concussion should seek medical attention, preferably at Accident & Emergency (A&E) and be monitored for signs of other brain injuries such as a subdural haematoma or subarachnoid haemorrhage.

Penetrating / open-head injuries

As the name suggests, this is where someone has violently hit their head, or an object has cut their head open. There are various ways that this can be caused either on the road, at work, or in public.

As you can imagine, the severity and impact of these injuries will vary greatly case-by-case.

Diffuse axonal injury (DAI)

Diffuse axonal injuries (DAI) is a severe brain injury where long connecting fibres (axons) in the brain are sheared (or disconnected) from the brain as it is moving rapidly.

This type of brain injury occurs in fast-impact road traffic accidents where the head is jolted around very quickly.

DAI is one of the most common types of traumatic brain injury and a major cause of unconscious or vegetative state after head trauma. Those that wake from a vegetative state will likely have significant impairment in their brain activity.

Subdural haematoma (SDH)

A subdural haematoma is a serious head injury where blood collects between the skull and the surface of the brain. There are various ways that this can be caused either on the road, at work, or in public.

Symptoms of an SDH include the feeling of a headache that gets worse; feeling sick or drowsy; confusion; loss of consciousness; and mood swings. These can develop after a concussion or another type of head injury include a subacute, chronic, or acute subdural haematoma.

Those who SDH should seek medical attention immediately, preferably at accident and emergency (A&E).

Frequently asked questions

Personal injury compensation can help ensure that you have what you need to plan for the future and put you back in a situation that is as similar as possible to before the incident.

Compensation is calculated to cover a number of factors including:

  • the severity and impact of the injury
  • loss of earnings
  • costs of treatment
  • costs of equipment needed for day-to-day living
  • required aftercare or continuous care
  • house adjustments (such as ramps, modified rooms)
  • costs of re-training if a career change is unavoidable

If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, you are putting yourself in the best possible position both financially and in terms of finding the correct support going forward by enquiring about claiming personal injury compensation.

Our expert personal injury solicitors and experienced personal injury claim team will be able to breakdown what to expect from a claim and how it is calculated to ensure that any compensation you successfully claim puts you in the best position for now and for you and your family’s future.

There are three ways you can start your claim with Claim Today:

  1. Use our quick and easy online form – we’ll ask you about the incident and your injuries and let you know if you could have a claim; or
  2. Call our team on 0800 29 800 29 and we’ll guide you through the steps to see if you have a claim; or
  3. Use one of our live chat functions on this website, or on Facebook Messenger.

By contacting Claim Today, we will let you know whether you have a personal injury claim and give you the information you need to start a claim.

Should you claim with Claim Today, we will pass on your matter to one of our experienced and specialist personal injury solicitors to carry out your matter in a courteous and efficient manner.

As part of our commitment to keeping claims simple, we make personal injury claims on a no win no fee basis, removing the financial risk of making a claim. You will not need to pay your legal costs should your claim be unsuccessful, meaning that you can claim with no need to worry about the finances involved.

Our claim handlers will inform you whether you qualify for a no win no fee agreement and how much you would pay should your personal injury claim be successful (known as a success fee). This will never more than 25% including the price of after-the-event insurance, and is typically less than this.

Serious injuries are best identified by how long they’ve needed treatment for, if you are unable to return to work and how long you are unable to return to work, as well as if you need assistance in completing day-to-day tasks.

If your injury has impacted your life in a way that has set you back financially or it will do so in the future, then it is likely to be serious enough to enquire about making a claim.

The main things that you might be able to claim against are:

  • care and equipment both current and future;
  • loss of earnings, as well as potential future earnings if your future progression has been impacted as a result of the injury; and
  • the loss of being able to participate in activities such as sport or learning particular skills that you are now unable to due to your injury.

We do receive claim enquiries from people who are calling on behalf of somebody else, mainly parents on behalf of children, or spouses on behalf of their partners – particularly in cases of more serious injuries including comas and brain injuries.

You can certainly start the process on someone else’s behalf, and we will guide you through the steps needed to ensure that it is as simple as possible through this difficult time. You can start by using our online form, requesting a callback, or by calling us on 0800 29 800 29.

Under the upcoming personal injury reforms in 2020, a more claimants will have to go through the small claims court. Namely those whose injury claims from road traffic accidents are likely to recover £5,000, and £2,000 for other claims. The current threshold for small claims is £1,000.

Most firms will not be able to represent those who go through small claims due to the costs involved, meaning that you would have to take the claim on yourself. We may be able to assist you with making your application, to see if we can call us on 0800 29 800 29.

Claim Today has been a personal injury specialist brand for over twenty years, handling personal injury claims concerning injuries from road traffic accidents, workplace accidents, or accidents in public and shops.

It is our mission to ensure that everyone has access to legal assistance with their claims. Thousands of people have claimed personal injury compensation with us to help rebuild their lives and get the care and assistance they need.

We work with personal injury firms up and down the country to provide you with expert advice and a high-quality service so your claim is managed in the best way possible, suited to your needs and circumstances.

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