- We understand how upsetting having an accident is and how stressful having to take a claim can be.
- We promise that if you phone our office, you will be able to talk to an experienced professional on the day you call.
- We will guide you on the next steps you need to take and will arrange an appointment to see you as soon as necessary.
- We take a detailed note from you in relation to the circumstances of your case, let you know what other information we need to obtain and advise you on all aspects of your case.
Not all accidents and injuries give rise to a claim. Our legal system is based on allocating responsibility, known as ‘liability’, for an accident and, once liability has been established, damages are awarded to the claimant. Usually, the higher the amount of money awarded in damages, the more serious the accident and harm suffered by the claimant. Where a claimant has a weak case or was partly responsible for the accident (known as ‘contributory negligence’), damages will be lower.
Damages are paid in one of three ways:
- An award from the Injuries Board (all cases involving personal injury go to the Injuries Board as a preliminary step – this is based on an application form and medical report)
- An award from the court (the Injuries Board does not deal with psychological injury or medical negligence, some defendants do not agree to the Injuries Board dealing with cases and Injuries Board awards are sometimes insufficient)
- Settlement (this is by far the most common way for cases to be dealt with and settlements can happen at any time in the process from shortly after the accident to the day of court, depending on the circumstances. We advise on the right time to settle your case and the appropriate amount of damages to accept).
There are many types of accident and injury claims such as:
Road traffic accidents
- car damage
- pedestrian accident
- public transport
- bullying and harassment
- unsafe system of work
Accidents at work or related to employment
- construction or building site accidents
- factory or workplace accidents
- unsafe place or system of work
- accidents in a public place such as on a road or street
- accidents in a premises such as a shop, pub or nightclub
- unsafe access such as stairs, driveway, road or path
- trip and fall
- unseen obstacle
In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.