Accident At Work Claims

Head Injury At Work Claims

Head and brain injuries can be life-altering for both you and your family. You could find your day-to-day life temporarily turned upside down while you recover, or even permanently if your accident has resulted in a serious brain injury.

When you’re at work, your employer has a duty to minimise the risk of accidents or injury. If for any reason they fail to do this and you’re harmed as a result, you may be able to make a compensation claim.

Common causes of a head or brain injury at work include:

Often head injuries could be prevented by the use of protective equipment such as hard hats or harnesses. If you weren’t given safety equipment, we may be able to help you claim. Sadly, even with this equipment people can still suffer serious injuries and you may have a case even if protective equipment was provided.

Our lawyers offer the highest level of professionalism and are dedicated to you and your claim. We will not only fight for your right to compensation, but we consider every aspect of your claim and do all we can to help with rehabilitation and getting you back to everyday life. We will guide you through every stage and will also ensure you get the medical assessments you need.

As one of the largest personal injury teams in the UK, with specialists in work accident claims and serious injuries, you can rely on us to help you claim compensation and make sure that you receive the medical support that you need.

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Head Injury At Work Claims - More Information
    • What Will Happen When I Make A Claim?
    • After you’ve contacted us, we’ll set up a free initial consultation to discuss your case and whether you have a legal claim. We’ll discuss what funding options are available to you to pay for your claim, including No Win No Fee agreements*.

      We’ll then get in touch with those responsible for your accident at an early stage to see if they accept the blame for your injuries. If they accept responsibility, we’ll try to secure interim compensation payments which can fund private medical care and ongoing expenses, before your claim fully settles. Any interim payments will be taken out of your final compensation award.

      Our lawyers will look into your case in detail, gathering evidence from independent medical professionals and health and safety specialists. These experts will analyse why your accident happened and can determine any future implications to your health. They’ll also advise us on the care you’ll need in the future.

      We’ll always try and negotiate claims out of court, keeping the claim process as short as we can. However, if your employer doesn’t accept responsibility or doesn’t agree with the amount of compensation we feel you need, we’ll start court proceedings.

      Even when trial dates have been set, claims are still often settled before reaching court. If your claim does need to go to court, we’ll be there to help you every step of the way, talking you through what will happen so you feel as comfortable as possible.

      Read more about what happens if your case goes to court.

    • How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
    • You normally have three years to make a claim from the date of your accident. However, there are some exceptions to this rule:

      • Under 18s – you can claim on behalf of a child who was on work experience or working part-time. No time limits apply in these circumstances until the child turns 18. When the child turns 18 they can make their own claim but the three year time limit will then apply.
      • Mental capacity – you can make a claim on behalf of someone who doesn’t have the ability to do so themselves, including when someone has suffered a serious head/brain injury as a result of their accident. In these circumstances, no time limits apply.
      • Fatal claims – if you’re claiming on behalf of a loved one who died, you’ll either have three years from the date of their death or the date of the accident to make a claim.

      If you have any concerns about the time limits for claiming compensation, we’ll be able to talk through your options in a free initial consultation.

    • Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim?
    • Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk* to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your claim, we’ll discuss the funding options available, advising you which we think is the most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI), or can access support through trade union membership, these may be best for you. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household and car insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re already covered.

      If we think you’re best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement, we’ll explain the process clearly. This involves setting up an insurance policy that will protect you, at no cost to you. You’ll only have to pay anything when your claim is successful – your opponent will pay most of our fees.

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.

    • Meet Our Experts
    • We have experienced solicitors based across the country who specialise in helping people to claim compensation after accidents at work. We know the issues that you and your loved ones may be facing, and we can answer all of your questions in plain English.

      As well as helping you claim compensation, we can also help with your rehabilitation and recovery. If you can’t work because of your injuries, then we can also advise you on benefit entitlement and arrange for the best possible support to help you recover.

      Having helped many other clients who have suffered head injuries at work, we can use our experience to get a positive outcome for you and your family.

      Meet the team

I will always hold Irwin Mitchell in the highest of regard. Best decision I ever made to choose them. Thank you."

Stuart, client

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Can Make A Claim?

Our lawyers have years of experience representing workers from many different industries in workplace brain and head injury claims. We could help if you were injured as:

  • An employee
  • A contractor or agency worker
  • A member of the public
  • A visitor to the workplace

Whatever the nature or cause of the accident, head injuries at work can have a devastating and long-term impact on your life. We help people who have suffered a range of head injuries as a result of employer negligence, including:

  • Brain injury
  • Burns
  • Concussion
  • Scalping

We understand the severity of these injuries, and we’ll make sure that your compensation takes into account their full effect on your life. We’ll also work hard to give you access to the best rehabilitation and care for your injury, helping you to get your life back on track.

Our specialist team can also help you claim on behalf of a loved one, if their injury has left them with reduced mental capacity.

For more information about making a claim for a head injury at work, please phone us on 0800 056 4110 or contact us online.

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What Safety Equipment Should An Employer Provide?

Employers have a legal duty to provide their workers with suitable protective equipment to do their job safely. If corners are cut, the consequences could be life-changing.

In a working environment where there’s any danger of falling objects helmets should be supplied to protect your head.

Similarly, working at height requires specialist safety equipment such as:

  • Safety nets
  • Harnesses
  • Rope access
  • 'Fall arrest’ lanyards to slow a worker’s descent if they fall

If you or a loved one have suffered a head injury at work after not being given suitable equipment, our solicitors could help you claim compensation. We’ll investigate the circumstances leading up to your injury and work out what should have been done to stop it.

Phone one of our legal advisers on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation about your case.

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What If I’m No Longer Able To Work?

We understand how frustrating and stressful it can be if a head injury means you’re unable to return to work. That’s why we’ll make sure that your compensation takes into account your lost earnings.

Our client liaison team will guide you through the claims process, advising you on your benefit eligibility and helping you access any specialist care or treatment you might need. Please visit our page on welfare issues for more information about how we can help.

We have a dedicated team of employment lawyers who can advise you on your employment rights after an accident at work. We can represent you in an employment tribunal if necessary, fighting for your best interests.

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Awards & Recognition

We're always proud to be recognised for the work we do for our clients and have been named as a leading firm in the latest legal guides - which provide information and recommendations about lawyers and law firms in the UK.

"They are forensic and analytical as well as campaigning and careful. All of the lawyers work tirelessly for the smaller cases as well as the bigger cases."
"One of the best’ and ‘go-to firm’ Irwin Mitchell covers the full range of work, and specialises in complex, unique cases."
We're delighted to have been named Claimant Solicitor of the Year in the 2016 Post Magazine Rehabilitation First Awards, an award we've won on seven previous occasions.

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We know how important rehabilitation is.

We’ve won Claimant Solicitor of the Year in the Post Magazine Rehabilitation First Awards on seven separate occasions. We also work with brain injury case managers, rehab providers and therapists across the UK.

Many of our staff volunteer with brain injury support groups and we raise money for and sponsor a number of head and brain injury charities. As a firm, we are supporters of:


  • Headway – the Brain Injury Association
  • Brain and Spine Foundation
  • UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum
  • Child Brain Injury Trust

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