A brain injury is traumatic for everyone involved. Not just the patient but their family and friends too. There is such a wide range of brain injuries and the after effects from many of them can last months, years or even a lifetime.
When you have suffered an injury through no fault of your own, for example through a road traffic accident, medical negligence or an accident at work you may be entitled to compensation. Of course no amount of money is going to take away the injury and magically bring you back to full health but it can help with so many things and taking the financial burden off is much needed in these difficult cases.
Compensation for a brain injury is broken down into two categories –
- General Damages
- Special Damages
General Damages –
General damages are there to compensate you for any pain, suffering and loss of amenity. When we say amenity we mean the loss of your quality of life. Pain and suffering can be physical or psychological and in many cases is actually both.
The amount of compensation for general damages will depend on the severity of your injury.
- The most severe cases can received between £250,000 & £350,000
- Moderately severe can received between £190,000 & £250,000
- Moderate, the least extreme cases can receive between £35,000 & £190,000
Special Damages –
Special damages are there to help you recover your financial losses.
If you are out of work for a long period of time or in some cases unable to return to work at all. It will also take into account any medical rehabilitation you need and adaptations that you need to be made in your home.
You may need round the clock care leaving your spouse or a family member unable to work. Your compensation is there to ensure that your quality of life, although will undoubtedly be affected by your injury, is not affected by financial hardships.
Once you have been awarded general damages and special damages these are put together as your final settlement. In the most severe cases this can be upwards of one million pounds.
The first thing to do when you believe that you have a case for compensation due to a brain injury is speak to a brain injury solicitor. They will be able to advise you if you have a case and many will offer a no win no fee contract to be able to help you finance the legal fees.