30 Aug Personal Injury Compensation: What’s my head or skull injury claim worth?
Any personal injury to the head or skull can be extremely dangerous and any serious injuries will require medical attention. Most significant head injuries result from slips or falls, work accidents or road traffic accidents. As with all injuries, each head or skull injury will differ and be considered on its individual merits, with any figures below acting as only a rough guide.
Compensation claims for head or skull injuries can range from €21,800 for a concussion with no head injury to €144,000 for a skull fracture resulting in a severe and permanent condition, excluding brain damage.
The most serious head injuries are head and skull injuries which we will look at here, but can also include:
- Eye Injuries
- Injuries affecting hearing
- Facial injuries
- Damage to the teeth
Compensation claim for head or skull injuries
Intracranial injuries, including brain contusions and lacerations are severe head injuries. It is difficult to be specific about the compensation levels for these types of injuries due to the high number of variables involved and the number and severity of possible outcomes (e.g. personality and behavioural disorders).
Head injuries may also be rated in accordance with the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) which grades a person depending upon the level of consciousness and therefore level of potential injury to the brain.
Here we will look at compensation claims for some of the most common types of head or skull injuries
Concussion – Head Injury
Symptoms of a concussion injury commonly includes headaches, dizziness and nausea. Permanent symptoms may result but most cases recover.
Up to €21,800 for minor injuries up to €74,000 for severe injuries.
Skull Fracture (no loss of consciousness)/Minor Head Injuries
Under this category there will be little if any disability resulting from the head injury. €34,700 for minor injuries up to €105,000 for severe and permanent conditions.
Skull Fracture (with loss of consciousness)/Moderate Head Injuries
This category will include an injury that would have had an impact on the state of consciousness
€34,700 for minor injuries up to €124,000 for severe and permanent conditions.
Skull Fracture (with loss of consciousness)/Severe Head Injuries
The severity of injury will depend on the degree of awareness and response to surroundings, the duration of unconscious state and any impact on personality or behaviour, once the injury has stabilised. There may be a greater risk of future epilepsy with this level of injury, which should also be considered.
€52,800 for minor injuries up to €144,000 for severe and permanent conditions (excluding brain damage).
If you would like to speak to one of our Personal Injury Solicitors to discuss compensation for your head injury, please contact Ferrys Solicitors LLP, Personal Injury Accident Solicitors today or call into one of our offices around Dublin.