Personal Injury Claims
Support for personal injury claims in Northern Ireland
Get expert help with personal injury claims in Northern Ireland
When you suffer an injury that was someone else’s fault, you may be able to bring a successful personal injury compensation claim against that person for the harm you have suffered.
At SG Murphy Solicitors, we treat every client with dignity and respect. We know that the decision to pursue a claim is not always easy, so do everything we can to make things simpler for you. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case and whether you may have grounds to claim, with absolutely no pressure to move forwards unless you are ready to do so.
Should you decide to pursue a claim, we will be with you every step of the way. Our personal injury solicitors will guide you through the entire claims process with sensitivity and empathy, giving you the best chance of securing the compensation you need to get your life back on track.
Have a question about personal injury claims? Please read our guide to the claims process and our personal injury claims FAQs or get in touch to speak to a member of our team.
Types of personal injury claims we can help with
Accidents at work
As an employee, you are owed a duty of care by your employer. If you have suffered injury due to an accident at work you may be eligible to bring a claim. Our expertise includes:
- Accident at work claims
- Building site accident claims
- Farm accident claims
- Electric shock injuries
- Warehouse accident claims
- Waitress/waiter accident claims
- Head injury at work claims
- Fall from heights and ladders claim
- Manual handling claims
- Defective work equipment claims
- Slips & trips in the workplace claims
- Back injury at work negligence claims
- Workplace burns, scars & lacerations claims
Road traffic accident claims
Our personal injury lawyers understand how traumatic it can be to be involved in a road traffic accident. We will ensure that you receive the support you need throughout your claim and the compensation you deserve. Our expertise includes:
- Car accident claims
- Bicycle accident claims
- Motorbike accident claims
- Bus accident claims
- Passenger claims
Accident in public place claims
If you are injured in a public place, you may be able to make a personal injury claim if the public body, business or organisation’s negligence caused the injury. Our expertise includes:
- Council negligence claims
- Supermarket personal injury claims
- Hotel accident claims
Why choose SG Murphy for your personal injury claim?
Your satisfaction is our guiding goal throughout your claim from start to finish. Everything we do is to ensure we achieve this goal.
You deserve to be fully compensated for any harm you have suffered. This includes both physical and emotional harm, as well as the impact on your finances and quality of life. We focus therefore on achieving results that we can be proud of and you satisfied with
We take care
We understand how emotionally challenging and stressful a personal injury claim can be. We ensure, therefore, that you receive the support, communication and help you need to make your experience as comfortable as possible.
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Our business grows by our customers recommending us. Our satisfied clients trust us to the extent they refer us to their friends and family, knowing we will do a similarly excellent job for them.
Our personal injury claims solicitors in Belfast are specialised, experienced and focused on achieving results that meet our and our clients’ high expectations.
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Personal injury claims case studies
Funding your personal injury claim
Our personal injury lawyers offer flexible funding options to suit your circumstances, helping you to cover the legal cost of your claim.
Can I get Legal Aid for my personal injury claim?
Legal Aid may be available for your personal injury claim. During our free initial consultation, we will advise you as to whether you may be eligible for legal aid or any alternative funding arrangements.
We are here to help. Contact us now on 028 90 36 5595
How a personal injury claim works
- Initial free consultation
Speak to us, free of charge. Our team of experts will advise you if you have a case and what the next steps are. They will also advise you if Legal Aid or alternative funding may be available.
A full and detailed statement is taken from you and your medical records and documentation are requested. In addition, medical evidence is obtained and our personal injury claims solicitors will speak to any relevant witnesses.
- Present claim to Defendant
Your claim is submitted to the defendant and we invite them to accept they are at fault and negotiate with us, so that you can be fairly compensated.
- Issue proceedings
If a suitable offer of compensation is not made by the defendant, then having fully advised you of the merits of your claim, the next step to progress your case is to issue court proceedings.
Even if court proceedings have been issued, claims are often settled before reaching a court hearing. If a satisfactory settlement cannot be reached and your case has to go to hearing, we will provide you with the support, advice and information you need to feel as comfortable as possible.
We are here to help. Contact us now on 028 90 36 5595
Personal injury claim FAQs
Do I have a claim for personal injury compensation?
When we talk about a ‘personal injury’ with respect to making a claim, we mean an illness or injury, or worsening of an illness or injury, caused by someone else’s negligence.
Where you can prove that the negligence of a person or organisation resulted in harm to your health, you may be able to obtain compensation from the party responsible.
Our personal injury claims solicitors in Northern Ireland can advise on whether you may have grounds for a claim during a free initial consultation. You can then make an informed decision about moving forwards.
What compensation may I be entitled to?
The type and amount of compensation you are entitled to in a personal injury claim will differ from case to case, but in general there are two main elements to what compensation may be due to you.
The first element is called general damages, which compensates you for the pain and suffering that you have suffered due to the negligence. The level of compensation you receive for this element will depend on how severe your illness, harm or injury is that was caused by the negligent person.
The second element is called special damages, which aims to compensate you for any out of pocket losses or expenses you have suffered. This can include losses and expenses such as loss of earnings, medical expenses and travel expenses.
We will guide you, based on the injuries and losses you have suffered, as to what compensation you should be entitled to in your personal injury claim.
What injuries could I receive compensation for?
You may be able to bring a claim for any personal injuries that you have suffered that were caused by the negligence of another person or organisation. An accident causing personal injuries can happen anywhere, from a road to a workplace to a public place.
Our expertise allows you to obtain the highest possible compensation, whilst ensuring the process is as easy and stress free as possible.
What information do you need for a personal injury claim?
To present as strong a case as possible, we will need as many relevant facts as can be given. We will request this information from you at our first consultation, so that the information is as accurate as possible.
Depending on the type of claim and situation, some of the information our personal injury claims solicitors may need includes:
- A detailed statement, giving an accurate description of the accident, where it happened, when it happened (date and time), what exactly were you doing and what exactly happened
- Photographs of the scene of the accident
- Confirmation as to whether there was any CCTV coverage of the accident
- Relevant medical history details
- Relevant claims history details
- Witness details, including the identities of any witnesses of the accident
- Expenses i.e. a list of expenses you have incurred because of the accident, such as medical expenses, travel costs etc.
- Loss of earnings that you have suffered or are continuing to suffer due to the impact of your injuries
- Details of relevant workplace training
- Details of any relevant PPE
Providing this information will help your solicitor to put forward as strong a case as possible and advise you fully regarding your claim.
Are there time limits to bring a personal Injury claim?
You normally have to start a personal injury claim in court within three years of the accident or three years from the date you found out that you were injured due to the negligence.
There are two exceptions to this time limit:
- If the claimant is under 18, then they have up until their 21st birthday to issue a claim.
- If an injured person suffers from lack of mental capacity, then no time limit applies, unless they regain mental capacity in which case the three-year time limit applies from the date they regained capacity.
How long does a personal injury claim take?
Each claim is different and depends on a number of things, such as whether the defendant accepts they were at fault and the severity of your injury. We aim to try and settle your claim within a few months of obtaining your medical evidence, but more complex cases can take a number of years.
How can I start a claim with SG Murphy Solicitors?
To book your free initial consultation with a specialist personal injury solicitor at SG Murphy Solicitors, please contact us now on 028 90 36 5595 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do not delay as there are strict time limits to start a personal injury claim.
Speak to SG Murphy Solicitors about your personal injury claim
To book your free initial consultation with our specialist personal injury solicitors in Belfast, contact us now on 028 90 36 5595 or by email at email@example.com.
We are here to help. Contact us now on 028 90 36 5595
Famous personal injury cases
Here we give you a selection of some interesting and famous personal injury cases from around the world.
Escola v Coca-Cola
This is a Californian case involving a claimant who was working as a waitress in a restaurant, when a Coca-Cola bottle she was holding in her hand spontaneously exploded, causing a deep 5 inch cut. Coca-Cola tried to defend the claim arguing that they were not in control of the bottle when it exploded. The court found that the defect in the bottle occurred when Coca-Cola made the bottle and awarded the waitress her claim.
Donoghue v Stevenson
This 1932 case set a very important precedent in product liability claims. A woman drank nearly an entire bottle of ginger beer before noticing a dead snail at the bottom. She then became very sick and sued the manufacturer who argued that as the woman did not originally purchase the bottle they owed no duty of care to her. The court however ruled that the company had a duty of care to the ultimate consumer of the ginger beer who was the claimant.
Personal injury claim against TV weatherman in Israel
And finally, a personal injury claim in Israel against a TV weatherman showing the funnier side of court litigation. The claimant in this case sued a weatherman on the basis he incorrectly forecast the weather causing her to be inappropriately dressed and catching the flu. At SG Murphy Solicitors we cannot say we have experience in weather prediction litigation.