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Make A Claim For A Head Injury At Work

If you’ve hurt your head in an accident at work, we can help you claim compensation 

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Can I Claim Compensation For A Head Injury At Work?

Suffering a head injury at work can have an impact on many aspects of a person’s life. Even a relatively minor head injury could mean you require time off work and have your concentration or memory affected. In this guide, we explain the eligibility criteria for head injury compensation claims following a workplace accident.

The overarching law relating to workplace safety is the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. This places a legal obligation on employers to take reasonable steps to keep staff as safe as possible in the workplace.

This means that they must:

  • Train staff adequately.
  • Ensure staff are aware of the company’s health and safety procedures.
  • Provide equipment that is fit for purpose, safe and properly maintained.
  • Conduct regular workplace risk assessments.
  • Provide protective equipment where needed.

 

If your employer fails to meet their duty of care, you might wonder whether you are entitled to make a personal injury claim following an accident at work in which you sustained harm.

In order to make a personal injury claim for a head injury at work, you must prove the following:

  • At the time you were injured, your employer owed you a duty of care; and
  • Your employer breached that duty and caused an accident; and
  • You suffered a head injury during the course of the accident.

 

If you’d like to check whether you could be compensated for a work-related head injury, please call our advisors today.

How Long Do I Have To Make A Compensation Claim?

If you suffer a head injury at work, you will have a 3-year time limit in which to begin the personal injury claims process. This is set out in the Limitation Act 1980. In most cases, this will begin on the date the accident happened.

However, there are some exceptions that could apply. To discuss these in more detail, please contact an advisor on the number above.

What Are The Causes Of Head Injuries In Workplaces?

Head injuries can happen in a range of different ways. Below, we’ve provided some examples of how an employee could sustain a head injury at work.

  • If you had a fall at work because the ladder you were using was damaged or poorly maintained.
  • Where your skull was fractured by falling items because your employer failed to provide a hard hat in a dangerous environment, such as on a construction site.
  • If you were struck on the head by a faulty piece of machinery.
  • Where you sustained a concussion after slipping on a spillage or leak that was not cleaned up quickly enough.
  • If you suffered a head injury because you’d not been trained on how to do your job safely.

 

To discuss your specific case, please contact an advisor at the number above.

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Do I Need Evidence To Prove A Head Injury At Work Claim?

If you begin a personal injury claim against your employer, you should gather evidence that demonstrates employer liability for your accident and injuries and how you’ve been affected by the harm you sustained. For example:

  • A diary about any medical treatment you’ve received and how your head injury has affected you physically and/or psychologically.
  • The contact details of anybody who saw the accident so that witness statements can be collected if required.
  • CCTV footage of your accident if your workplace was covered by security cameras.
  • A copy of your employer’s accident report form to confirm the location, date and time of the incident.
  • Photographs of any visible injuries as well as the accident scene.

 

If you have an eligible head injury at work claim and you wish to seek legal representation, you could benefit from working with one of our solicitors. They have experience handling workplace accident claims and could assist you in seeking evidence. Additionally, they can ensure evidence is collated and submitted within the relevant time limit.

How Much Compensation Could I Get For My Head Injury?

Following a successful head injury at work claim, you could be awarded a payout that comprises the following heads of loss, or types of compensation:

  • General damages: Compensating for the pain and suffering you have experienced as a result of your injuries. This includes physical or psychological injuries individually, or both together.
  • Special damages: Compensating for the financial losses you have incurred due to your injuries. This can include lost income, medical costs and travel expenses.

Evidence can help prove any monetary losses incurred due to your injuries. This can include receipts, payslips and travel tickets.

When valuing general damages, solicitors can use the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) alongside your medical evidence.

The JCG provides a list of guideline award brackets, some of which you can find in the table below. They correspond to different injuries. However, you should use them as a guide only because each claim is assessed individually.

The figures you can see below come from the 17th edition of the JCG, which was published in 2024.

Injury TypeSeverity LevelCompensation Bracket Guidelines
Head Injury And Financial LossesUp to £500,000+
Brain DamageVery Severe£344,150 to £493,000
Moderately Severe£267,340 to £344,150
Moderate (i)£183,190 to £267,340
Moderate (ii)£110,720 to £183,190
Moderate (iii)£52,550 to 110,720
Less Severe£18,700 to £52,550
Minor£2,690 to £15,580

If you’re not sure what compensation you might be entitled to, please get in touch today.

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How JF Law Can Help You With An Accident At Work Claim

Our solicitors provide a No Win No Fee service. If your claim is suitable, you’ll receive a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) to sign. This is a type of No Win No Fee agreement used in personal injury claims.

The CFA means that you won’t pay fees for your solicitor’s work up front, during the claims process or if the claim fails.

If you are compensated, a success fee will be deducted from any compensation you receive. This is taken as a percentage. However, as the percentage is capped legally, you’ll still receive the bulk of any compensation payout.

To check if you could make a head injury at work claim on a No Win No Fee basis, you can:

  • Speak to us by calling 0151 375 9916.
  • Leave a message on our “Contact Us” page.
  • Make use of our free live chat service.

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