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For over 20 years our brain injury specialists have helped individuals and families affected by head injury and traumatic brain injury recover compensation and rebuild their lives.

We have supported families as they struggle to come to terms with the immediate aftermath of an accident.

We have secured funding and arranged seamless transitions from acute hospital care to high quality, specialist rehabilitation to make the most of that important time for maximising recovery.

From the moment you instruct us to handle your brain injury claim, you can be reassured that we are using our experience and expertise to make a difference when and where it matters most. This means focussing first and foremost on recovery, meeting your most urgent needs, including the financial hardship which often follows a devastating injury.

We focus on helping the injured victim and supporting the family, whilst holding the defendant, and their insurer, to account by pursuing the claim.

The earlier you contact us, the sooner we can start making a difference.

Our head injury lawyers have the proven ability to secure cooperation and funding from the defendant’s insurers and manage  the needs of clients with the most complex brain injuries. We have rebuilt lives, brought relief and restored hope for the future in situations which might previously have seemed impossible.

Our compassionate and caring lawyers have helped client families through the most traumatic, devastating and deeply upsetting circumstances. We understand the devastating impact of a sudden brain injury on our clients and their families, many of whom tell us that they don’t know how they would have coped without our practical help, understanding and support along the way.

Personal injury claims - Brain injury compensation - Jessica's story

Following a road traffic accident where Jessica suffered a traumatic brain injury and stroke she required extensive rehabilitation and care.

Recent head/brain injury cases

  • £3 million compensation plus £225,000 of funded rehabilitation for a young woman who was hit by a speeding driver’s vehicle whilst crossing the road on a pedestrian crossing. Our client’s multiple injuries included a very severe traumatic brain injury (3/15 on the Glasgow Coma Scale) and an acute subdural haemorrhage with bruising and damage to her brain. Following rehabilitation, she managed to complete her education and achieve supported independent living. 
  • £2 million for a teenager who suffered catastrophic injuries including a severe head injury after running across the road at night into the path of a taxi. The case was strongly defended by the driver who claimed that our client’s actions left him no time to take evasive action. The £2 million settlement took into account our client’s own contributory negligence. 
  • £1,825,000 compensation plus £150,000 of rehabilitation for a pedestrian who suffered a brain injury when he was hit by a speeding driver’s vehicle. Interim (advance) payments eased the family’s financial hardship and paid for an immediate needs assessment (INA) and early rehabilitation. Kim Smerdon’s insistence on a cooperative approach to rehabilitation resulted in the defendant’s insurers fully funding our client’s ongoing rehabilitation. 
  • £1 million compensation settlement in an international RTA case for a man who suffered facial and head injuries, including a fractured skull and subdural haematoma, when he was hit by a lorry whilst standing on the hard shoulder in France. Interim payments of £100,000 paid for a support worker, case management and rehabilitation. Under French law, we also secured compensation payments for his (uninjured) family. 
  • £750,000 compensation plus funded rehabilitation for a young woman who suffered a severe brain injury in an RTA when her stationary car was hit by the defendant driver’s vehicle. Our client’s parents were told that she might not survive her injuries. With the help of rehabilitation she regained her independence and is able to work. Funding for rehabilitation was achieved despite the claim being hampered by lack of witness evidence or a police report, and the defendant appearing to have had right of way. Liability was finally admitted and settlement achieved after the driver was convicted of dangerous driving. 
  • £550,000 compensation and over £26,000 of funded rehabilitation for a teenager who suffered a head injury with multiple skull fractures and bruising to his brain when he fell from the boot of his friend’s  moving car. Our client’s compensation for his injuries was reduced by 35% from a total compensation figure of over £845,000 to take into account his own ‘contributory negligence’. We secured funding from the defendant driver’s insurers for a full programme of early rehabilitation. With the help of  rehabilitation and his compensation, our client will be able to undertake modest level work and live independently with ongoing support. 

What kind of accidents can lead to a brain injury compensation claim?

Where our client’s brain injury arose from an accident that was somebody else’s fault, our serious injury specialists can help our client claim compensation for their injury and its financial consequences from that person or organisation. In most cases, the compensation will be paid by the defendant’s insurer.

Our serious injury lawyers have helped clients who suffered brain injuries:

  • in road accidents:
    • as pedestrians when they were hit by a moving vehicle;
    • as cyclists who were hit by another vehicle;
    • as a child who was injured whilst on the back of a parent’s bicycle;
    • as a motorcyclist in an RTA or collision;
    • as a pillion passenger on someone else’s motorcycle;
    • as a driver of a car, van, lorry or other vehicle involved in an RTA;
    • as a passenger in a private vehicle or on public transport involved in an RTA;
    • as a hit and run victim or injured by an uninsured driver;
    • as a road user injured as a result of failure of the council, highways authority or other organisation to maintain safe road conditions, eg unlit skips or road works, faulty traffic lights, dangerous road surfaces;
  • as a passenger injured in a train, boat or aircraft accident;
  • in an accident at work that was their employer’s or a co-worker’s fault, such as:
    • as a result of unsafe practises on a construction or building site;
    • as a result of unsafe machinery or practices in a factory, warehouse or workshop;
    • as a result of unsafe working conditions on a farm;
    • as a result of unsafe working conditions involving working at heights;
    • claims by service personnel against the MOD;
  • as a result of unsafe conditions in a public building or facility;
  • in the hospitality industry, such as in hotels on holiday abroad;
  • as a student injured in an accident or as a result of unsafe conditions at school;
  • during organised sporting events;
  • as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning in hotels, rented accommodation or other buildings;
  • as a victim of violent crime.

Brain injury claims against the NHS or private healthcare arising from medical negligence are handled by our nationally acclaimed cerebral palsy & birth injury  and clinical negligence teams. You can contact our medical negligence brain injury team here.

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What kind of injury or disability counts as a brain injury in a compensation claim?

Leading brain injury charity, Headway, estimate that around 1 million people visit A&E with a head injury in the UK each year. Most of these will make a full recovery with no lasting effects, but some will suffer lifelong disability from the injury to their head. This is known as a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Where the head or brain injury was caused by someone else’s fault, brain injury compensation is valued on the disability and lasting effects of the injured person’s severe traumatic or acquired brain injury.

These may include:

  • death;
  • coma, persistent vegetative state (PVS) or minimally aware state of consciousness;
  • skull fractures;
  • problems with mobility and movement, walking, balance and coordination;
  • muscle weakness or paralysis;
  • tremors and clumsiness;
  • headaches;
  • epilepsy;
  • sensory impairment, such as loss of taste and smell, hearing or eyesight;
  • difficulties with speech, language and communication;
  • excessive tiredness or fatigue;
  • cognitive problems, such as with:
    • memory and concentration;
    • visual perception;
    • information processing;
    • lack of insight and understanding (empathy);
    • reasoning;
    • perseveration (repetitive thinking);
    • lack of motivation.
  • behaviour and personality changes:
    • impulsiveness;
    • disinhibition;
    • mood swings;
    • irritability, anger or frustration;
  • PTSD, depression, anxiety and psychological problems;
  • sexual difficulties;
  • hormonal imbalance (hypopituitarism).

Most of our brain-injured clients experience a combination of these problems, as well as any other injuries from their accident (such as major trauma, facial fractures or pain). These injuries, even if ‘hidden’, affect their mobility and dexterity, and their ability to work, participate in their former hobbies or activities, look after themselves or live safely and independently.

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How much compensation can I claim in a brain injury accident claim?

The amount of compensation that a head-injured or brain-injured claimant receives depends on their individual circumstances. The size of their claim will be affected by the type and extent of their brain injury, its impact on each area of their life, such as whether they can live independently, return to work, look after themselves and get around. Other factors, such as the client’s predicted lifespan, benefits they have already received, and occasionally their own contributory negligence, may affect the settlement value of the claim.

Compensation claims for head and brain injury are highly complex and must be handled by specialist solicitors who understand and are experienced in meeting the needs of brain injured clients and their families. 

We aim to secure the maximum possible compensation for every one of our clients. However, as brain injury specialists we believe that, in addition to a final settlement which fully meets our client’s injury-related lifelong needs, our clients also deserve the best help we can give them along the way.

We usually secure funding long before settlement of the claim to meet our severely brain-injured clients’ urgent need for rehabilitation. Early rehabilitation and our ongoing support are of critical importance in maximising recovery. This in turn provides greater opportunity for independence, active participation and enjoyment of a more fulfilling life.

We also obtain interim (advance) payments to meet other urgent needs, such as paying for home adaptations to suit our client’s disability, specialist equipment or easing financial hardship arising from lost earnings.

Depending on our clients’ injuries and personal circumstances, their claim may include compensation for:

  • pain, suffering and disability;
  • costs of rehabilitation:
    • if we are instructed whilst the client is still in hospital, we can usually secure fully funded rehabilitation straight away;
    • ongoing rehabilitation;
    • vocational rehabilitation;
  • case management costs;
  • costs of care, support workers or necessary domestic assistance;
  • loss of earnings and pension;
  • increased cost of suitable accommodation or home adaptations;
  • cost of specialist equipment;
  • cost of assistive technology;
  • cost of therapies, such as:
    • occupational therapy (OT);
    • physiotherapy;
    • speech and language therapy.
  • costs of medical or surgical treatment;
  • psychological treatment and counselling;
  • additional transport costs or adapted vehicles;
  • SEN costs (special education), if a child;
  • Court of Protection and deputyship costs;
  • other losses and additional costs arising from the injury, such as increased costs of holidays.
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Why choose Boyes Turner for you brain injury claim?

As a leading specialist brain injury claims firm, our partners all have more than 20 years' experience of supporting those with severe head and brain injuries.

Head of the Personal Injury team and Partner, Kim Milan, is accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) as a Brain Injury Specialist and is a Trustee of Headway Thames Valley, a local head injury charity based in Henley on Thames.

Our brain injury claims team are all members of the Headway personal injury solicitors list. This means we are recognised by Headway for our expertise and ability to make a difference to the lives of brain-injured people and their families, and we work within the Headway Personal Injury Lawyers’ code of conduct.

Our brain injury team also have strong, established links with brain injury associations and those who provide rehabilitation and support for people living with the consequences of brain injury.

  • Headway
  • Brain Injury Group
  • Brain Injury Social Work Group
  • British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers
  • Child Brain Injury Trust
  • Major Trauma Group

“Boyes Turner advises clients on a range of personal injury matters, with specialist expertise across the areas of brain and spinal injury” – The Legal 500 directory

“Highly experienced personal injury practice fielding leading capabilities in catastrophic injury claims. Particular strength in handling spinal and head injury cases” - Chambers and Partners directory

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How long do medical negligence claims take?

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How can you prove medical negligence?
Is there a time limit for claiming medical negligence compensation?
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"Happy to recommend your services"

Thank you again for all you have done for us and the way you have done it. We would be happy to recommend your services to anyone else in a similar position.

Boyes Turner client

"I’m proud of what I’ve achieved in my recovery"

"It really does turn your life upside down in a moment, not just for me but for my family as well. It’s been a difficult journey, sometimes very emotional, but I’m proud of what I’ve achieved in my recovery and in being able to tell this story tooMy story shows what can be achieved with the support of the right people and a little determination. I look back on where I was and I’m delighted with where I am now. I’ve still got a way to go and I still have some effects from the accident to deal with but I hope people see what I’ve achieved and it helps them as they begin their recovery."

Jessica Stevens

"We'd like to express our thanks to Kim and the team at Boyes Turner..."

We’d like to express our thanks to Kim and the team at Boyes Turner for the expertise, experience and professionalism in handling our daughter’s serious injury claim following a road accident. From arranging a team of rehab specialists and the necessary funding to the negotiation of the final very satisfactory settlement, the whole operation has been conducted very smoothly and we can recommend their service to anyone in a similar position.

"Thank you so much for all you have done..."

Thank you so much for all you have done for C and the family. I know that you have absolutely given it everything you’ve got and your devotion and commitment to the case has been spectacular.

Third party forensic accountant

"I wanted to take the opportunity to express my thanks..."

I wanted to take the opportunity to express my thanks to you for your professional attitude and handling of the claim throughout this tragic case.  It is in cases like this where the compensation can never compensate for the loss suffered, but hopefully it will help in some way to move forward.

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