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For over 20 years our brain injury solicitors 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.

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.

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 Milan’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 brain injury solicitors have helped clients who suffered 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 e-scooter riders who were involved in a collision;
    • 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 and head  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.

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 do I make a brain or head injury compensation claim?

The easiest way to get started is to talk to one of our friendly, experienced solicitors. You can talk to us free and confidentially about your potential claim, with no obligation.

If you decide that you want to go ahead with making a claim, we will gather as much evidence as we can to support your claim. This evidence may include:

  • a statement from you about your recollection of the accident, the effect of your injury and other details relevant to your claim;
  • statements from any witnesses;
  • documents and reports relating to the accident (such as police accident report, photographs of the scene, accident book entries etc);
  • medical evidence (such as medical reports on your injury and any rehabilitation needs, medical records etc);
  • receipts and other evidence of the additional costs or financial losses as a result of the injury. (from pi page)

If you have or a family member suffered a severe injury caused by an employer, public body or other road user’s negligence, we can often obtain rehab funding. This allows your rehab to get started straight away. Early rehab means better recovery.

In many cases, our early help ensures that rehabilitation follows seamlessly from your acute NHS hospital care, building on the healing that has already begun.

Once our client’s rehab is underway, we are in a stronger position to secure compensation to cover future rehab costs to improve every aspect of their life, based on a realistic assessment of their abilities and lifelong needs. Rehabilitation is not a substitute for compensation.  (from rehab page)

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

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What are the time limits for claiming compensation for a brain/head injury?

The general rule is that court proceedings must be issued (formally started) within three years of the date of the injury. There are exceptions to the three years rule and these apply to:

  • Children - whose three-year time period only begins to run from the age of 18, meaning that their time limit expires when they reach the age of 21
  • Those who lack mental capacity – there are no time limits in these cases
  • Those injured in a different country - the law of the country where the accident happened will determine the time limit for making a claim. These time limits vary from country to country and can be much shorter than the deadlines in England and Wales
  • Criminal assaults – two years.
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Can you make a ‘No Win No Fee’ head injury claim?

An initial interview is always provided free of charge.  In serious injury cases, we often visit our clients in hospital or at their home if they are unable to get to our offices.  At the meeting we will discuss how to fund the claim.

We offer a range of funding options, but the majority of our clients’ claims are handled on a conditional fee agreement (CFA) basis, often known as ‘no win no fee’.

This means that there is nothing to pay at the outset or until the claim is settled and you receive compensation. If you win your claim, the defendant’s insurer makes a contribution towards your legal costs. You pay nothing if your claim does not succeed.

You may also have existing legal expenses insurance under a 'Household and Contents' insurance policy and we can help you to check the policy.

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How much compensation can I claim in a brain/head 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 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/head 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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What is a brain injury?

What is a traumatic brain injury (TBI)?

How common are brain injuries?

What causes other acquired brain injuries?

How are brain injuries treated?

Is it possible to recover from a brain injury?

What does acquired brain injury mean?

What is a hypoxic brain injury?

What causes traumatic brain injuries?

What are the effects of a brain injury?

What is brain injury rehabilitation?

What is rehabilitation?

Who can benefit from rehabilitation?

Who pays for rehabilitation?

Why is early rehab important?

Will rehabilitation reduce my compensation?

How we use rehabilitation to help our clients – the rehabilitation process

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Awards & Accreditations

Our teams have been nationally recognised over the past decade for their dedication and commitment to securing maximum compensation for our clients

             Brake | The Road Safety Charity

What our clients say

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"Thanks for everything"

“Thanks for everything. It’s been very nice to be able to put it all behind us and try to move forward.  I cannot thank you and Boyes Turner for all you have done for me. It goes without saying I would always recommend Boyes Turner. I couldn’t have done it without your support.”

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"You got us the best outcome and I can’t thank you enough"

 Thank you for all your hard work on behalf of myself and my family. You were recommended to us by a close friend back in 2017 and I will certainly recommend you again. You’ve been amazing and very reassuring considering how complicated I made things at times. It’s been one of the hardest times of my life but I was glad I had you on the end of the phone. It’s a surreal feeling now it’s all over but very relieved you got us the best outcome and I can’t thank you enough.

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"Extremely grateful for her professionalism and attention to detail. "

Through my dealings with Claire as my representative in a personal injury claim, I have been extremely grateful for her professionalism and attention to detail. 

I believe going above and beyond to help accommodate my needs and explain everything in a way that I could understand. Working around timing for video calls and zoom meetings with myself and my mum, often on weekends and evenings. We always knew she was just a phone call away to answer any questions we had and if she didn’t have the answer then it would be found out for us. Once the claim was settled, she has still offered her support and provided contacts to do with my injury fund and further surgery I need. 

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"Great support throughout a very emotional and difficult period"

Claire was very much the lynchpin in achieving settlement of a complex case. From the outset Claire ensured steps were taken to manage both rehabilitation and legal/case requirements in the correct sequence; this included the early appointment of a case manager.

In addition Claire has been a great support throughout a very emotional and difficult period in our lives.

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"I cannot recommend them highly enough"

After being involved in a Road Accident I enlisted the services of Boyes Turner to help settle our compensation claim for damages and ongoing injuries that I incurred as a result. I cannot recommend them highly enough. Their ongoing support throughout an extremely stressful ordeal was second to none. I suffered multiple injuries and they organised all my ongoing medical needs both physically and mentally, to help aid my recovery and rehabilitation. They managed my case with the utmost professionalism, concluding it satisfactorily so that I can move forward with my life and recovery. Thank you to Claire and her team for their amazing ongoing support and work with handling my case, in a time of great stress and uncertainty. Thank you so much for all you have done for me and my family.


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