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Head Injuries

Severity Effect Compensation Bracket
Very severe brain damage Little, if any, response to environment, little or no language function, double incontinence, need for full time care £185,000 – £265,000
Moderately severe brain damage Serious disablement (mental or physical), substantial dependence on others £144,000 – £185,000
Moderate brain damage Moderate to severe effect on mental capability, personality change. Reduced sight, speech or other senses. Rendered unemployable £98,500 – £144,000
Moderate brain damage Moderate to modest effect on mental capability, ability to work greatly reduced £59,500 – £98,500
Moderate brain damage Concentration and memory reduced, ability to work reduced, limited dependence on others £28,250 – £59,500
Minor brain damage Person able to take part in social life and return to work but may suffer poor concentration and memory. May suffer mood swings interfering in lifestyle and work prospects £10,000 – £28,250
Minor head injury Minimal, if any, brain damage £1,450 – £8,400

The level of compensation awarded within each bracket will depend on:

For serious cases of brain injury

  • The effect on life expectancy
  • The extent of physical limitations
  • The degree of dependence on others
  • The ability to communicate
  • The extent of any behavioural abnormality
  • The extent of epilepsy or risk thereof epilepsy

For minor to moderate cases of brain injury:

  • The severity of the initial injury
  • The extent of any continuing or permanent disability
  • The extent of any change in personality
  • The effect on concentration and memory
  • The extent of epilepsy or risk thereof epilepsy
  • The extent of depression