Unfortunately however accidents at work do occur with many individuals suffering from a head injury as a result of the accident. Common accidents at work involving a head injury include falls from a height, a blow to the head from equipment or machinery, malfunctioning machinery and driving accidents.
We have acted for several clients who sustained a head or brain injury when losing balance on a poorly secured ladder and others who fell from or through roofs or off scaffolding.
If you have suffered a head injury at work it is important that you seek medical assistance straight away, even if you feel that the injury is mild. It is also important that you insist the injury be recorded in the accidents book at work. Although you may feel that the head injury is minor, when it comes to head injuries the consequences of an injury can take some time to develop, sometimes having serious consequences on the life and daily routine of the injured person and their family.
First and foremost a specialist head injuries lawyer will understand that your main focus will be to access the appropriate medical treatment to treat the head injury. This could mean a lengthy stay in hospital or in a rehabilitation centre. As specialist head injury lawyers our priority will be to make sure that the injured person receives all treatments including any physiotherapy required to treat and negate the effects of the head injury.
Suffering a head injury after experiencing an accident at work may mean that you are not able to return to work either in the long or short term. The injury may also hinder you from performing the job you undertook before the accident and have an effect future earning potential.
Such consequences may not just affect the injured person but also their family. If the injured person has dependants which rely on them perhaps in a financial way or for any other support then it will be a concern of the family that this support does not stop. As expert head injury lawyers this is an area in which we can provide assistance to you.
When it comes to financial compensation, as has been discussed the full effects of the head injury can take a long while to fully develop and be diagnosed. You and your family will want to receive the correct level of compensation required to make it easier to adjust to your head injury. To ensure this happens the financial settlement should await these developments. With this in mind our lawyers will work at securing an interim payment to make sure you and your family are not under any financial pressures.
A real issue when suffering an accident at work is that you may feel uncomfortable about claiming compensation from your employer. It is important to remember that if your employer has failed to comply with safe working practices, you may be entitled to pursue a claim. In addition your employer is obliged to have insurance to cover claims from staff if things go wrong.
We understand choosing a lawyer is a big decision and would be very happy to have a no obligation conversation with you and to answer any questions you may have. Do contact Stuart Kightley, partner and specialist head injuries lawyer. Please note that anything you discuss with Stuart will always be in the strictest of confidence.