If you have suffered a head injury as a result of an accident or because you have been the victim of crime, you may be able to claim for compensation. The process of claiming compensation can be complicated and there are different procedures to be followed depending how the injury has been caused.
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Workplace Injuries and Those Caused by Criminal Acts
Injuries caused as a result of crime are treated differently from other personal injury claims. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) provides compensation to victims who have been injured as a result of a criminal offence providing that the claim is made within two years of the incident. The CICA will also provide compensation to relatives of crime victims who have died, as well as to ‘good Samaritans’ who have been injured in the course of helping a victim of crime.
However, if you have an accident in the workplace this should be recorded in an accident book and may also need to be logged with the Health and Safety Executive.
Do You Have a Claim for Personal Injury?
A personal injury claim can involve an illness, physical injury or disease and can also be for a mental or psychological illness or disease. If you have ever suffered an injury, however it was caused, then there are certain things that you need to know before beginning a claim for compensation. You need to ensure that you have details about the injury itself as well as information regarding the circumstances in which the injury occurred. This information could come from a variety of sources, including medical records and reports, your insurance company or the police.
Before deciding whether you wish to make a claim for compensation, it is advisable to consult with a specialist firm of personal injury lawyers to ensure that you are receiving the best advice about how to proceed. Most personal injury lawyers will act on a no-win, no-fee basis and will recover their costs from the other party. If your lawyer is unable to negotiate a settlement with the other party and your case requires court proceedings then this can be a long process.
Claims for Head Injuries
There is no doubt that injuries to the head and brain are among the most serious and can also form some of the most complex claims for compensation. This is due to the fact that in head injury claims for compensation a number of specialists will often have to be consulted.
However a personal injury was caused, it is vital to keep accurate records of the circumstances in which the incident occurred and any medical treatment received, as these will form a key part of any claim for compensation. Your lawyer will need as much information as possible so that they can give you accurate advice about whether you have a claim and who it should be brought against.
Vickie Day writes regularly on legal issues for a range of websites and blogs. She has written about various types of cases, including head injury claims for compensation.