What is a Head Injury?


A head injury is any sort of injury to your brain, skull or scalp. It can range from a mild bruise or bump to a catastrophic brain injury. The most common types of head injuries are: Concussion, Skull Fractures, Scalp Wounds. A head injury can be an open or closed injury. A closed injury to the head means that skull has not been broken. An open head injury is one where something breaks your skull and enters your brain.

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Causes of Head Injuries

The most common causes of head injuries where a claim for compensation is brought are: Road Traffic accidents, Trip and Fall Accidents and Physical Assaults. The most dangerous of head injuries, arising out of an accident, and which causes the greatest harm to the victim are:

This is caused by a collection or clotting of blood outside the blood vessels and can be extremely serious if it occurs in the brain. The clotting can cause pressure to build up inside the skull which in turn will lead to loss of consciousness.
There are two types of brain haemorrhage, subarachnoid and intracerebral. A subarachnoid haemorrhage occurs where there is uncontrollable bleeding in the space around the brain. An intracerebral haemorrhage is bleeding within the brain tissue.
A concussion occurs where the brain bounces off the hard walls of the skull. Concussions are generally temporary in nature, however, repeated concussions can lead to permanent damage.
This occurs when there is a swelling of the tissues surrounding the brain.
Unlike other bones in the human body, the skull does not contain bone marrow, therefore making it very difficult to break. If the skull has been broken it is likely that there will be damage to the brain.
This is the most serious of all brain injuries and can lead to permanent severe brain damage or even death.

Head Injury Symptoms

If you have been involved in an accident and if you suffer from any of the following symptoms it is vital that immediate medical attention is sought:

  • Headache
  • Light-headedness
  • Confusion
  • Spinning sensation
  • Nausea
  • ringing in the ears
  • Seizures
  • Vomiting
  • Inability to focus the eyes
  • Memory loss
  • Serious disorientation
  • Changes in mood
  • Balance co-ordination problems

Head Injury Claim Assessment

Due to the difficulties encountered in assessing the long term implications of a head injury, such as future health and assessing mental health issues and brain function, head injury compensation claims require considerable research, investigation and preparation.

The amount of compensation awarded to a plaintiff in a head injury compensation claim will vary depending on the circumstances of each case, however, the compensation will be assessed based on professional medical opinion. It is usually necessary in cases such as these to obtain medical opinions from a number of specialists. Having a personal injury solicitor deal with your head injury claim will ensure that you are being seen by the best specialists available and that the strongest possible case for compensation will be put forward on your behalf. Even minor head injuries can have repercussions for long term health and it is advisable to contact our legal team at Synnott Lawline Solicitors to ensure that you are claiming your full entitlement to compensation.

Compensation Guide

This booklet has been produced by Synnott Lawline Solicitors to give our clients an understanding of the personal injury compensation claims process. In some of our correspondence to you during the course of your compensation claim, we will make reference to the relevant sections of this guide by way of explanation of the particular aspect of your claim.

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Legal Fees

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There are factors which are taken into account in the assessment of a solicitor’s bill. In addition to the professional fee and miscellaneous charges payable to the solicitor, there will be items of outlay payable to third parties, including government agencies, which must be discharged by you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have you a question about your accident or claim? See our page on Frequently asked Legal Questions or contact our legal team today. Go to Personal Injuries Frequently Asked Questions for more.

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*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement. This statement is made in compliance with regulation 8 of the S.I. 518 of 2002.