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Personal Injury Claims

Personal Injury claims in Northern Ireland
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Personal Injury

When you suffer an injury due to someone else’s fault, you may be able to bring a successful compensation claim against that person for the personal injuries you have suffered.

Personal Injury Claim

Personal injury is an illness or injury or worsening of an illness or injury, caused by someone else’s negligence.

Where you can prove that person’s negligence you may be able to obtain compensation from the person responsible.

 

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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’s fault.

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?

Any personal injuries that you have suffered that were caused by the negligence of another person you may be able to bring a claim for.  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.  

Accident at work

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. 

 

  • 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, ladder 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

Road Traffic Accidents

We 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.
  • Car accident claims
  • Bicycle accident claims
  • Motorbike accident claims
  • Bus accident claims
  • Passenger claims
Accident in public place

Accidents in a public place

If you are injured in a public place you may be able to take a personal injury claim if the public body, business or organisation's negligence caused the injury.
  • Council negligence claims
  • Supermarket personal injury claims
  • Hotel accident claims
  • Creche accident claims

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Medical Negligence

How a Personal Injury claim works

1. 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.

2. Evaluate

A full and detailed statement is taken from you and your medical records and documentation are requested.  In addition medical evidence is obtained and we will speak to any relevant witnesses.  

3. 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.   

4. 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.

4. Conclusion

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.

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Information to help with your 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.

 

Some of the information we will need includes:

  • A detailed statement, giving an accurate description of the accident, where it happened, when it happened (date and time), what exactly where you doing, 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.  Details of any witnesses of the accident
  • Expenses.  A list of expenses you have incurred because of the accident, such as medical expenses, travel costs etc
  • Loss of earnings.  Have you suffered or are you continuing to suffer from a loss in earnings
  • 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:

  1. If the claimant is under 18, then they have up until their 21st birthday to issue a claim.
  2. 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.   

Can I obtain 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.

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.  

Satisfaction

Your satisfaction is our guiding goal throughout your claim from start to finish. Everything we do is to ensure we achieve this goal.

Results

You deserve to be fully compensated for any Medical Negligence you have suffered. 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.

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 date of the accident or three years from the date you found out that you were injured due to the accident.  There are two exceptions to this time limit:

  1. If a person under 18 is injured, then they have up until their 21st birthday to issue a claim.
  2. 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. 

Can I obtain Legal Aid for my Personal Injury claim?

Legal Aid may be available for your Personal Injury claim depending on your financial circumstances and the merits of your case.  During our Free initial consultation we will advise you as to whether you may be eligible for legal aid or any alternative funding arrangements.

What types of Personal Injury claims do you do?

Some of the Personal Injury claims that SG Murphy Solicitors can assist you with include:


Accident at work claims 

Road traffic accidents 

Accident in a public place

Contact us now on …. to arrange a Free consultation with an expert Personal Injury solicitor to discuss your claim. 

How much compensation will I receive with a Personal Injury claim?

The type and amount of compensation you are entitled to will differ from claim to claim, 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 endured due to the negligence.  The level of compensation you receive for this element will depend on how severe your illness or injury is that was caused by the medical professional’s fault.

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.

The aim in any award or settlement is to put you in the same financial position as if the accident never happened.  Obviously financial compensation can never fully compensate you for the emotional and physical suffering and harm an accident can cause you but a compensation award/settlement attempts as much as possible to do that.  

How can I start a claim with SG Murphy Solicitors?

To book your free initial consultation with a specialised solicitor at SG Murphy Solicitors contact us now on 028 90 36 5595 or by email at law@sgmurphysolicitors.com .  

Do not delay as there are strict time limits to start a Personal Injury claim. 

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.

 

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 McCann Law we cannot say we have experience in weather prediction litigation.  

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