Public Place Injuries

Congratulations to our Wilson Nesbitt marathon teams

Congratulations to our Wilson Nesbitt marathon teams

A big congratulations to our marathon relay teams that completed the Belfast Marathon on what was a very warm Bank Holiday Monday.The teams were running for the Simon Community NI,... Read more

Northern Ireland Golfer struck by ball reaches compensation settlement

By Gillian Crotty A Northern Ireland teenage golfer who was struck on the head by a stray golf ball will receive £125,000 compensation. The teenager, who cannot be named, was on the... Read more

Building Contractor jailed after fatal work accident

The Court of Appeal has given a two year prison sentence to a Building contractor whose employee fell to his death, after the original suspended sentence was deemed unduly lenient. Norman... Read more

Compensation for loss of life in Northern Ireland to be reviewed

By Gillian Crotty The Department of Justice in Northern Ireland is to consider whether the compensation amount for loss of life through negligence should be raised to bring it into line... Read more

Compensation win for motorcyclist injured on muddy road

By Gillian Crotty A motorcyclist has won £10,000 compensation following an accident caused by excess mud lying on a road close to two local farmers' fields. Carrie Dickinson was aged just 16... Read more

Northern Ireland swimmer agrees car accident compensation

By Gillian Crotty A swimmer from Northern Ireland who failed to qualify for the London Olympics in 2012 following a road traffic accident in Belfast has reached an out of court... Read more

Unannounced site visits planned to tackle work accidents

By Gillian Crotty Unannounced building site visits will be carried out by the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) in order to clamp down on working conditions that increase... Read more

People injured in accidents not making compensation claims

By Gillian Crotty New research suggests that the majority of people who suffer personal injury in an accident do not make a claim for compensation, challenging the notion of a 'compensation... Read more

Man who lost wife to asbestos exposure wins compensation

By Gillian Crotty The High Court in Dorset has awarded compensation to a man for the "loss of services" of his wife after her death resulting from exposure to asbestos. The court... Read more

Car park company fined for fatal accident

By Gillian Crotty The company which manages the car park in which a 91-year-old woman died when she was hit by a reversing van has been fined £95,000 for breach of... Read more

Contracted labourer receives £2m compensation after fall

By Gillian Crotty Lester Cowan, aged 57 from Lisburn, Northern Ireland, has been awarded compensation in respect of an accident at work in which he fell down a storm drain. Mr Cowan... Read more

NI hospital tells family fatal error caused father's death

By Gillian Crotty A family who were originally told that their father's death in a Northern Ireland hospital was unavoidable have now been advised that there was in fact a "fatal... Read more

Compensation for man diagnosed with asbestosis after death

By Gillian Crotty The family of a former rail worker has been awarded compensation in an out of court settlement after a post-mortem examination revealed that he died from asbestosis. Douglas Wattam... Read more

Two fatalities in Northern Ireland road accident

By Gillian Crotty A road traffic accident in Cookstown in the early hours of Sunday morning has resulted in two fatalities, meaning the total number of road deaths in Northern Ireland... Read more

Widow to sue after cyclist's fatal pothole accident

By Gillian Crotty The widow of a cyclist who was thrown into the path of car and killed after hitting a pothole has vowed to sue the council responsible for repairing... Read more

Asbestos proposals don't favour victims says APIL

By Gillian Crotty A new proposal in consultation to settle more asbestos related claims cases outside of court does not favour the victims, according to the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers... Read more

Criticism of private detectives spying on claimants

By Gillian Crotty The practices of private detectives employed by insurance companies to investigate accident victims claiming compensation has come under fire after a number of high profile incidents. In one case... Read more

Accident victims get 3 times more compensation using solicitors

By Gillian Crotty A new campaign by the Law Society advises accident victims that they stand to earn two to three times more compensation if they use a claims solicitor, compared... Read more

Claim fraudster criticised for damage to honest victims

A judge has criticised a man who fraudulently claimed nearly £1million in compensation for adding to the public skepticism that damages "genuinely injured people putting forward wholly honest claims". David Ribchester... Read more

NI pensioner loses fall compensation claim

A Northern Ireland pensioner has lost her claim for compensation after a fall at the Odyssey Arena during a concert. Kathleen McAllister, aged 73, was ushered to her seat by a... Read more

£1.37m compensation for inflatable ring accident

A teenager who was told she might never walk again after an inflatable ring accident has been awarded £1.37million compensation. Rebecca Coles was in an inflatable ring being pulled by a... Read more

NI Health Dept paid £116m in negligence compensation

The Northern Ireland Department of Health has paid out negligence compensation totalling £116million over the last five years according to a new report by Stormont's Public Accounts Committee. The report raises... Read more

Ulster rugby fan wins fall compensation claim

A Belfast man has been awarded £37,000 in compensation after a fall at Ravenhill Stadium that resulted in damaged ankle ligaments and chipped bone in his foot.Mr Rae, aged 41,... Read more

Councils pay over £100k in bullying compensation

Local Councils throughout Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK paid out £109,000 to pupils injured by bullies at school last year. The total compensation was paid out to just... Read more

Cashier wins compensation after back injury

Mary Deller, aged 29, is said to be receiving £18,500 compensation from her employers after suffering a back injury while lifting bags of heavy coins. Ms Deller was employed by Natwest... Read more

Teacher loses welly boot throw compensation claim

In follow up to our news story on 19th July, we can confirm that teacher Glennroy Blair-Ford has lost his accident compensation claim for £5m damages. Click here to read the... Read more

Health service 'changing for the better' says McGimpsey

The Northern Ireland Health Service is "changing for the better", according to health minister Michael McGimpsey.A Northern Ireland Audit Office report into the health service's performance showed that there was... Read more

Survey reveals 'disturbing attitudes'

A survey by Amnesty International has shown that almost half of students in Northern Ireland believe women who flirt are "partly to blame" if they get raped, reports the BBC.Nearly... Read more

Northern Ireland rape victims will not have compensation cut

The Northern Ireland Office (NIO) has said no victims of rape will have compensation if it emerged they were drunk at the time of the attack it has been reported.In... Read more

Work-related illness or injury 'affects 11.8 million'

Injury or illness in the workplace has affected 11.8 million people in Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the last year, a new survey has found.The statistics, produced by YouGov... Read more

"Worrying situation" in workplace fire safety

Not all businesses in Britain and Northern Ireland are fully protected under fire safety regulation, it has been revealed.Speaking to the Workplace Law Network, fire safety consultant Alan Cox said... Read more

Workplace injuries and fatalities 'underestimated'

Academic research has claimed that official figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) "masks" the number of workplace deaths and harm caused by workplace injuries.Professor Steve Tombs and Dr.... Read more

Road deaths in Northern Ireland 'unacceptable'

The death toll from road traffic accidents in Northern Ireland is "unacceptably high", it has been claimed.A report carried out by the Criminal Justice Inspection has found that the quality... Read more

Post-traumatic study due this month

The 'world's largest' study on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is due to be published this month, Legal & Medical magazine reports.Moving Minds, a psychological services provider, told the publication that... Read more

Employers 'must protect loneworkers'

Employers, including those in Northern Ireland, have to ensure that members of staff who go out on their own are protected, the chief executive of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust told... Read more

Armed police 'fire guns by mistake'

The number of shots fired by officers by mistake is higher than those done on purpose, new investigations have revealed.Between January 2006 and March 2008 police in the UK opened... Read more

HSE admin burden 'costing £7.4m a year'

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is campaigning to cut down the administrative burden on businesses surrounding legislation on displaying health and safety information.According to the agency, filling in and... Read more

Public liability insurance 'should be legal requirement'

Companies should be forced to take out public liability insurance, according to the British Insurance Brokers' Association (Biba).Solicitors can represent their clients in mounting campaigns against a firm in case... Read more

HSE 'able to maintain construction safety standards'

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has the resources it needs in order to effectively regulate the construction industry, it has been claimed.Dave Mitchell, technical director of the Home Builders'... Read more

'Employers must understand - all accidents are preventable'

The minister for health and safety Nigel Dodds and the Northern Ireland Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions have been commemorating those who have died in workplace accidents... Read more

HSE 'not doing enough to shame health and safety offenders'

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is failing to do enough to name and shame those failing to protect their employees, according to the Centre for Corporate Accountability (CCA).In 2007,... Read more

'Jumbo jet's worth of people killed at work every fortnight'

Enough people die at work to fill a jumbo jet every two weeks, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).This is due to a failure to... Read more

M&S grape injury claim

Solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland could witness a surge in the number of personal injury claim cases in future months following reports of a High Court claim case with... Read more

Motorbike victim turns to the Lords

After solicitors for a Belfast girl have failed to secure her compensation from Northern Ireland's court system, the teenager wants to appeal to the House of Lords for help.The girl,... Read more

Potholes cost a third of a million

Solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland have secured nearly a third of a million pounds in compensation for victims of potholes on the province's roads over the last three years.Drivers... Read more

Education boards in massive legal payout

The Department of Education and Northern Ireland's five education boards spent a massive amount on legal disputes last year, new figures show. According to the Belfast Telegraph, disregarding solicitors' fees,... Read more

Death toll on NI roads hits 100

It seems that the number of road traffic accidents that solicitors in Northern Ireland have to deal with will not be reduced after underinvestment on the province's roads was revealed.Regional... Read more

PSNI pays out £9.5m in compensation

Solicitors in Northern Ireland have had to deal with eliciting more compensation from the police force per resident than anywhere else in the UK excluding London.According to the Times, solicitors... Read more

Door firm forced to pay damages

A door firm has agreed to pay £5,350 in damages to a hospital worker after she was injured by a product that had not been fitted correctly.Workplace Law reports that... Read more

Ellis outcome could mean more PI claims

While Susan Ellis won her case against Bristol City Council for slipping on a wet floor in her workplace, a law firm has warned that the ruling could mean that... Read more

Compensation settlements soar in NI schools

Some £1,764,212 million was paid out by Northern Ireland's education boards in compensation claims last year, an increase of almost 70 per cent in 12 months, the Belfast Telegraph reports.... Read more

PI claims can cripple small firms

People who run small businesses should insure against personal injury claims, according to experts, for while the risk of a case is low, the costs could be financially devastating should... Read more

Council not negligent over icy road

After a claim against a council over icy roads was quashed, a solicitor has said that the ruling will have personal liability implications for local authorities across Britain and Northern... Read more

PI insurance would be convenient

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has advised that, although small shops do not get many cases of personal injury claims against them, public liability insurance is advisable in case... Read more

Apil says PI reforms should be fair to victims

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Apil) has said that although some of the government's ideas for personal injury (PI) reforms are commendable, legislation should not compromise the rights of... Read more

PI may rise for summer sports

Personal injury (PI) solicitors in Britain and Northern Ireland may have to deal with an increased number of cases this summer, as research has shown that the number of accidents... Read more

TfL admits flaw in road safety

A widower has forced Transport for London (TfL) to admit that the accident which claimed the life of his wife occurred on a pedestrian crossing which did not comply with... Read more

Increase in personal injuries awards

It has been reported that there has been a considerable rise in the amount of money paid out in personal injury cases in recent years.According to figures released by the... Read more

Judges make landmark 'accident' decision

Appeal Court judges in the UK have made a landmark ruling that could transform the so-called 'compensation culture' in the UK.The judges have held that there are some cases in... Read more