Brain and Spinal Injury FAQs

  • Why should I choose IBB?

    IBB have a dedicated team of brain injury specialists, independently recognised by a number of organisations, including Headway, the brain injury charity and the Law Society Personal Injury Accreditation Scheme. Malcolm Underhill, Partner, is lauded as an Accredited Brain Injury Specialist by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. Malcolm Underhill and Simon Pimlott have both completed an academic period of learning, studying brain injury and its consequences with Headway, in partnership with Northampton University.

    IBB is uniquely qualified to assist a brain injury victim. Beyond skills as brain injury specialists, the firm is also able to offer advice on employment, capacity to manage financial affairs, family issues, conveyancing and crime, which frequently come into play where the individual requires life-long support.

  • How much compensation will I get?

    There is no set tariff for brain injuries. Each case is calculated by reference to the consequences of the brain injury and the needs of the injured individual. Full account is taken of individual circumstances.

    Although a solicitor may offer to act for you under a no win, no fee agreement, it is still likely to be the case that if you win your case, they will take some of your compensation, to cover part of the legal costs of pursuing the compensation claim. A solicitor is permitted by law to take up to 25% of the value of parts of your compensation. 

    However, at IBB Claims, when we act for someone who has spent at least 21 continuous days in hospital with a brain injury, we do not take any of your compensation.  At IBB Claims we believe that those who suffer a serious brain injury should be able to keep as much of their compensation as possible. For that reason we do not deduct money for our legal fees from your compensation.

  • I cannot afford to pay legal fees. Can I still claim?

    It is frequently the case that cases are funded by what is colloquially known as “no win, no fee” agreements, which means you do not to have to worry about having to pay legal fees to bring a claim. Furthermore, you can protect yourself from not having to pay the other side’s legal costs if you lose, by taking out a policy of insurance, which costs nothing if you lose. Therefore, you can bring claim without having to worry about paying legal fees either to IBB or the other party who caused the injury.

    Although a solicitor may offer to act for you under a no win, no fee agreement, it is still likely to be the case that if you win your case, they will take some of your compensation, to cover part of the legal costs of pursuing the compensation claim. A solicitor is permitted by law to take up to 25% of the value of parts of your compensation. 

    However, at IBB Claims, when we act for someone who has spent at least 21 continuous days in hospital with a brain injury, we do not take any of your compensation.  At IBB Claims we believe that those who suffer a serious brain injury should be able to keep as much of their compensation as possible. For that reason we do not deduct money for our legal fees from your compensation.

  • How long will my case take?

    Every brain injury is different and the consequences unique. Therefore, there is not a specific timescale to settling the claim. The time to settle the claim is either when the individual has completely recovered from their brain injury or, more likely, when the recovery has reached a plateau. At that point, it becomes possible to determine what the person’s requirements are for the future and thus calculated, financially. An important aspect of settling a serious brain injury case is to ensure that the correct amount of compensation is recovered, sot there are sufficient funds to meet the brain injury victim’s needs for the rest of their life.

  • Are you prepared to visit us at home if necessary?

    Yes. We will do this whenever we both consider it will be useful to meet to discuss the case. We will meet during the day, in the evenings, or at weekends.

  • Can we phone you if we have any problems?

    Yes. If your lawyer is not here, then one of our assistants can take a message and we will call back. You will have our landline and mobile contact numbers.

  • Will you keep in regular contact with us, and how will this be done?

    We will keep in regular contact, advising regularly on the progress of the case and identifying milestones. We will set out what we have to do to win the case. We will write, either letter or e mail, whatever you prefer.

  • Do you have links with your local Headway groups?

    We are actively involved in local Headway groups. IBB has supported Headway for some years.

  • Do you have experience working with brain injury professionals?

    Yes. We work with brain injury case managers, neurologists, neuropsychologists and neuro-psychiatrists, to name a few. We actively work with rehabilitation experts. We also, when necessary, instruct barristers who are similarly skilled in acting for victims of brain injury.

  • Would you be happy for us to take up a reference in relation to your ability to handle my claim?

    Yes. Let us know if you would like a reference and we will provide details of a client for you to contact, as well as a brain injury case manager.