In this guide, we will explore whether you’re eligible to seek compensation for a fractured skull following a road accident that someone else’s negligence caused.
All road users owe each other a duty of care to take reasonable steps to prevent each other from sustaining harm whilst using the roads. However, in some cases, another road user may have failed to uphold the duty of care they owed you causing you to sustain harm.
In these instances, you may be eligible to make a personal injury claim and seek compensation for the pain and suffering your injuries caused as well as any financial losses incurred as a result. This guide will provide an example case study that can give you an idea of what your settlement may comprise and the types of costs you could claim back.
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- A Guide On The Average Compensation For A Fractured Skull
- What Is A Fractured Skull Injury?
- Case Study – £250,000 Compensation For A Fractured Skull Injury
- What Could Cause Fractured Skull Injuries?
- Calculating Compensation A Fractured Skull
- What Could Special Damages Compensate You For?
- How To Get Free Legal Advice
- No Win No Fee Compensation For A Fractured Skull
- Get Free Legal Advice About Making A Claim
- Case Studies And Resources
- FAQs on Serious Road Traffic Accident Claims
In order to put forward a personal injury claim, you must be able to demonstrate that someone:
- Owed you a duty of care
- Breached the duty of care they owed
- Caused you to sustain physical or psychological injuries as a result
This guide will provide examples of accidents that could be caused as a result of someone failing to uphold the duty of care they owed you.
If you find that you hold a valid claim, you could speak with our advisors about hiring a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel. This means you won’t have to pay an upfront fee for the services they provide.
For more information, please get in touch using the number at the top of the page. Our advisors could assign a solicitor to start working on your case if they find it has a chance of succeeding. A solicitor can then begin helping you seek the compensation for a fractured skull you deserve.
There are various types of skull fractures including:
- Linear skull fractures: This is when a fracture occurs that does not move the bone.
- Depressed skull fractures: With this type of fracture, part of the skull may be sunken in as a result of the trauma sustained to the head.
- Diastatic fractures: A diastatic fracture involves the fracture line transversing with one or more sutures of the skull which causes the suture to widen.
- Basilar skull fractures: This involves a break at the base of the skull.
A fractured skull could lead to other injuries such as brain damage which can have a life-changing impact on someone’s quality of life. If you’re loved one has experienced a similar type of injury due to someone else acting negligently, please get in touch. Our team can advise whether you’re able to seek compensation for a fractured skull on their behalf.
Mr Black was rear-ended at a high speed whilst stationary at a set of traffic lights. Due to the high speed at which he was hit, he was thrown about in his car causing him to sustain damage to his head. He was rushed to intensive care where he spent three weeks in a coma. He had suffered from a fractured skull that left him requiring ongoing care for a short period of time.
After returning home from the hospital, Mr Black needed full-time care to help with day to day activities such as washing and eating. He was unable to return to work temporarily but lost a large amount of income.
Once Mr Black had recovered, he decided to seek legal advice to find out whether he could claim compensation for a fractured skull. Additionally, he gathered relevant evidence to support his claim, including the police report and dashcam footage of the accident.
How Much Compensation Was Awarded?
Mr Black was awarded £250,000 for the impact his injuries had on his quality of life and his financial status. The table below provides a breakdown of the costs claimed back in compensation for additional expenses.
|Types of Special Damages
|Private physiotherapy and counselling
|Lost future earnings
|Cosmetic surgery cost for scarring
Please be aware the case of Mr Black is purely an example designed to illustrate how compensation for a fractured skull is calculated.
There are various ways someone could sustain a fractured skull as a result of another road user’s negligence. Some examples might include:
- A driver may have been operating their vehicle under the influence of alcohol causing them to crash into a cyclist. As a result, the cyclist may sustain multiple injuries including a severe head injury.
- A motorcyclist may have been driving above the speed limit causing them to knock over a pedestrian who was crossing the road when it was safe to do so. As a result, the pedestrian may have experienced various injuries such as a fractured skull and severe spinal cord damage.
Additionally, there are other places where you could sustain a skull fracture, such as in an accident at work or in a public accident. However, in order to seek compensation for a fractured skull, you must be able to show that someone failed to uphold the duty of care they owed you and caused you to suffer harm as a result.
For more information on seeking compensation for car accident injuries, please get in touch using the details below.
The settlement you receive following a successful road traffic accident claim may consist of two heads of claim called general damages and special damages.
General damages allow you to seek compensation for the pain and suffering your injuries have caused you. This includes physical and psychological injuries sustained as a result of someone else’s negligence.
In order to accurately calculate how much your injuries are worth, the medical evidence you provide in support of your case will be assessed to determine:
- How severely your injuries have impacted your quality of life
- The future impact your injuries will continue to have
The medical evidence you provide could include reports from a doctor or the hospital. In addition, you may be asked to attend an independent medical assessment to provide an up to date report on the full extent of your injuries.
Alongside medical evidence, a document called the Judicial College Guidelines may also be referred to by solicitors to help value your injuries. The guidelines provide bracket compensation amounts that correspond to different injuries at varying levels of severity.
For an accurate estimate of how much compensation for a fractured skull you could receive, please get in touch with our team. An advisor can provide a free valuation of your claim.
Special damages allow you to seek reimbursement of the financial losses you experienced as a result of your injuries. These could include:
- Loss of earnings
- Domestic care costs
- Travel expenses
- Child care costs
- Lost pension contributions
You must provide evidence of the losses incurred such as receipts, bills and statements.
Our team of advisors can offer you free legal advice on your potential claim and advise whether you’re eligible to seek compensation for a fractured skull.
Furthermore, if you’re interested in hiring legal representation, you might find it beneficial to work with a solicitor from our panel. They offer No Win No Fee services which allows you to avoid paying a fee upfront or ongoing costs during the course of your claim.
An advisor can assess your claim to determine whether you’re eligible to have a solicitor from our panel represent you on this basis. For more information on the services the solicitors on our panel offer, please see the section below.
A No Win No Fee service such as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) offers several benefits including no fee to pay upfront. Additionally, you won’t be required to pay a success fee should your claim fail.
In the event of a successful claim, you will be required to pay the success fee from your compensation. However, the fee is subject to a legal cap. Your solicitor will discuss the fee with you beforehand so you understand what it covers and how it is deducted.
If you would like to learn more about using this service to seek compensation for a fractured skull, please get in touch with an advisor using the details below.
Our advisors are available to provide further information regarding your potential claim. They can advise on whether you’re eligible to seek compensation for a fractured skull. Also, they could assess your case to determine whether a solicitor from our panel could help.
For more information, please get in touch using the details below:
- Telephone: 0800 408 7826
- Online form: Fill out our online contact form with your query
- Live chat: Speak with an advisor using the live chat feature below
Below, please find some additional resources that may be beneficial.
- NHS – Head Injury
- GOV – Compensation After An Accident Or Injury
- GOV – Road Traffic Accident Statistics
- Road traffic accident claims – can i get compensation?
- Motorcycle accident claims calculator
- Road accident death claim calculator
- How is car accident compensation calculated?
- Passenger car accident claims
- Car accident value calculator
- Compensation calculator for car accident injuries
In this section, we have answered some frequently asked questions regarding road traffic accident claims.
How long does it take to recover from a fractured skull?
Recovery times can vary widely depending on the nature of the fracture. For instance, a skull fracture involving brain damage may take longer to heal than a minor skull fracture without damage to the brain.
Could you claim against an untraceable or uninsured driver?
In cases where the liable party is untraceable or doesn’t have insurance, you may be able to make a claim through the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB). Call our team to find out more.
What if the other party denies liability in a road traffic accident claim?
If the other party denied liability, you could provide additional evidence to support your case. This could include witness statements, police reports and medical records.
We hope our guide exploring whether you could seek compensation for a fractured skull has helped. However, if you need any additional information, please call our team.