We are recognised as one of the leading Personal Injury practices within the Province having been involved in the field for almost 40 years. Our approach to handling claims has been centred entirely on caring for our clients.
From the moment of instruction until the settlement of claim and payment of damages, each of our clients embarks upon and completes a journey accompanied by a member of our talented and experienced Personal Injury Team.
Along the way, we offer friendly advice and support and quite often help identify solutions for clients to help alleviate their suffering. No stone is left unturned in achieving the best result possible.
Road Traffic Accidents
Road accidents account for a large proportion of all accidents.
Because it is compulsory for all drivers to carry insurance covering third party injury, individuals with valid claims can proceed with a claim knowing that they are eligible for compensation and will be paid.
In cases where a negligent driver has inadequate or no insurance at the time of the accident, a claim for compensation will usually still be possible through the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB).
Most motorcycle accidents tend to be collisions with cars and can sadly involve serious injuries. The Carole Nash Motorcycle Accident Survey 2007 reported that "over 66% of motorcycle accidents were caused not by the insured biker but other road users". Other incidents are due to defects in the road surface.
As an injured driver, you can claim for losses and injuries if it can be shown that someone else – usually another motorist – was negligent. In practice, this means that you must be able to demonstrate that the other motorist’s standard of driving fell below the standard of care normally expected of road users.
As an injured passenger you will, in almost all circumstances, be able to bring a successful claim for damages. Passengers who claim are generally successful in cases where they have suffered as a result of their own driver’s negligence, the negligence of another motorist, or a combination of the two. However, it’s important to note that failure to comply with the law in relation to wearing a seat belt may affect the level of damages awarded to a passenger.
If you have been injured as a cyclist where a motorist was at fault, a claim will be possible against the motorist. In addition to obtaining compensation for your injuries, you may also be able to recover losses for damage to your bicycle and clothing in addition to loss of earnings.
If you have been a pedestrian involved in an accident, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries and other losses if it can be shown that they were caused entirely, or to some degree, by a motorist. Even if the pedestrian is partly to blame for the accident, you may still be entitled to some level of compensation.
Accidents at Work
Busy workplaces can be a danger zone for accidents. If you have been involved in a workplace accident, you may be entitled to claim for compensation if it can be shown that your injury was caused by your employers negligence, breach of statutory duty or breach of contract.
If a work colleague’s actions contributed to a workplace accident which caused you injury, a claim is also possible against your employer.
It is important to note that you have an obligation to make your employer aware of any accidents that occur at work. This information should be properly recorded in the Accident Book.
Machinery at work
Many factors can contribute to accidents involving machinery in the work place. Poorly maintained equipment, or insufficient training for staff are just two examples of circumstances that might entitle you to make a successful claim.
Lifting at work
If you suffer a physical injury as a result of lifting at work, it may be that this was caused by your employer’s failure to provide adequate training or proper manual handling equipment.
Your employer is obliged to provide a safe system of work for employees and if you believe they have failed to do that, you may be entitled to make a claim.
Dangerous Conditions in the Workplace
An employer is responsible for providing a safe, hazard free workplace environment for all employees.
If you have slipped or fallen in work, it could be as a result of an employer’s failure to comply with current safety standards in respect of hazards in the work place.
There are also legal regulations in place for workplace standards in ventilation, indoor temperature, lighting, workstations and seating, room dimensions and working space, the prevention of falling objects, disposal of waste materials etc. Failure to comply with these regulations could result in injury to employees and the right to pursue a claim.
Accidents caused by co-employees
An employer must make efforts to choose appropriately skilled co-employees. The training, orders, record and personality of co-employees may all taken into account where an accident at work has occurred.
Absence of protective equipment
If a particular job requires the employer to provide adequate protective equipment such as goggles, gloves or special clothing and the employer does not this could result in injury and subsequently a claim.
If you need any further advice, contact us today.