If an injury has a catastrophic impact on the victim’s life, it’s considered to be a serious injury. This usually involved life-changing, extreme or long-lasting consequences. Traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, limb amputations, polytrauma and multiple injuries, and long-term psychological trauma are all examples of serious injuries.
If you’ve experienced these or other catastrophic injuries because of someone else’s actions, you’re eligible to make a serious injury claim in Northern Ireland. Claiming the compensation that’s rightfully yours will help you to deal with the financial and medical impact of your injuries.
Some common causes of serious injuries in Belfast and Northern Ireland include:
Serious Injuries on the Road – Being involved in a road traffic accident as a driver, passenger or vulnerable road user, such as a pedestrian, cyclist or motorcyclist.
Serious Injuries at Work – Being injured due to unsafe machinery, inadequate risk assessment, co-worker negligence or other dangerous working conditions.
There are various different types of serious injuries. The seriousness of an injury depends on which part of your body is affected and how badly it affects your ability to return to a normal, independent life.
Some of the serious injury claims we can help you with include:
Although these are some of the most common types of serious injury claims, this is not an exhaustive list. Please get in touch for no-obligation legal advice on your claim.
Serious Injury Claim Process
Dealing with a life-changing serious injury can be stressful and hugely disruptive. Our highly experienced solicitors have created a claims process that is straightforward and hassle-free. Here’s what you can expect.
Step 1: Contact Reid Black First, get in touch to discuss your claim. You’ll be offered free, no-obligation legal advice on the best way to progress your claim.
Step 2: Gathering Information We’ll then gather as much evidence as possible to support your serious injury claim. This might include medical records, video footage or witness accounts.
Step 3: Medical Assessment Next, we’ll arrange for you to be assessed by an independent medical professional. Serious injuries can have a long-term or lasting impact so we want to know the full extent of your injury before seeking compensation.
Step 4: Compensation Negotiations We will negotiate with the at-fault party or their insurer to secure the maximum compensation payout to which you’re entitled.
Step 5: Compensation Payout We’ll continue to support you to ensure your compensation reaches you promptly.
You usually have three years in which to make a serious injury claim in Northern Ireland. There are some exceptional circumstances in which the time limit can be extended:
If you were under 18 when you sustained a serious injury, you can claim up to your 21st birthday.
If you or the person you’re claiming on behalf of don’t have the mental capacity to make a claim, there are no time limits.
If your injury or the negligence that caused only becomes known later, you can claim within three years of the date you became aware.
Serious Injury Compensation – What is My Claim Worth?
It’s important to claim the serious injury compensation you deserve. This is money that you’re entitled to and which can be used to help to alleviate any hardship you’re experiencing because of your injury.
The amount of serious injury compensation you get will depend on the seriousness of your injury and several other factors. Your payout will be split into two categories:
This is compensation for the direct impact of a serious injury. General damages include compensation for the pain you suffered at the time of your injury, any ongoing pain and suffering, and any impact on your quality of life.
Special damages are awarded based on the financial impact of your serious injury. This could include loss of earnings, medical bills, rehabilitation costs and adjustments to your home or transport.
Why Choose Reid Black?
We’ve been supporting people in your situation since 1993 in our role as solicitors for serious injury claims. In that time, we’ve built a great deal of understanding of the life-altering impact that complex and catastrophic injuries have. We’ll use all of our experience of serious injury claims in Northern Ireland to secure the maximum compensation amount that you deserve.
Our Specialist Serious Injury Claim Solicitors
Our Specialist Serious Injury Claim Solicitors
Peter Lynch 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE
Peter Lynch of Reid Black Solicitors is one of Northern Ireland’s Leading Road Traffic Accident Experts.
He will act for you solely and does not accept referrals from insurers or Accident Management companies thus ensuring we have your interests first.
Have an initial no-cost chat about any Road Traffic Accident to see if you have a case.
He acts in Car Accidents, Cycling & Motorbike Accidents and Pedestrian Accident Claims.
Peter will be able to Fast track your claim to get you the compensation you deserve.
Libby Smyth 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE
Libby Smyth is one Northern Ireland’s leading Road Traffic Accident and Personal Injury Solicitors.
She will handle your Road Traffic Accident Claim effectively and efficiently, keeping your best interests as her prime concern.
Specialist in all types of personal injury claims, with a focus on Road Traffic Injury Claims.
Libby can expedite your injury claim to ensure you get your compensation as fast as possible.
If you’ve been injured as a result of a Road Traffic Accident, contact Libby today for free initial chat to see if you’re eligible for a claim.
Eilis McQuillan 14 YEARS EXPERIENCE
Elis McQuillan has extensive experience dealing with Road Traffic Accident Claims in Northern Ireland.
She will prioritise your interest’s first and act solely on your behalf.
Specialist in all types of Road Traffic Accident Claims and Litigation, including Car Accidents, Cycling Accidents and Motorbike Accidents.
Ellis can Fast Track your Road Traffic Accident Claim, so you get your compensation as soon as possible.
Contact Ellis today for a free initial consultation to determine if you’re entitled to a Road Traffic Accident Claim.
There is no precise legal definition of a serious injury. It’s generally considered to be an injury that required surgery, resulted in an extended stay in hospital, or prevented you from returning to your normal work or leading an independent life.
Straightforward claims can be settled in as little as six months. Since serious injury claims involve catastrophic and life-changing injuries, they often take much longer. If we think your claim will take a while to settle, we’ll apply for an interim payment — a partial compensation payment so you don’t suffer unnecessary hardship in the meantime.
Yes, if you’ve suffered a serious injury at work you can claim against your current employer. The compensation will be paid by your employer’s insurer so you shouldn’t have any concerns about the possible financial impact on the business.
You can’t make a “No Win, No Fee” serious injury claim in Northern Ireland because “No Win, No Fee” arrangements are not allowed under the law here. What we offer instead is free initial legal advice and a range of ethical alternatives, such as insisting the at-fault party covers your legal costs as part of your compensation payout.
Let’s secure the financial support your serious injury merits
Ready to claim? We’re here with the support and legal expertise you’ll need at every stage of serious injury claims in Belfast and Northern Ireland. Get in touch for a free, no-obligation consultation.
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