- Why do you need no-win, no-fee* solicitors in Belfast?
- What to look for in a personal injury lawyer
- What types of accidents could you claim compensation for?
- Claiming compensation after a road traffic accident in Belfast
- What about claiming compensation for other types of accidents?
- Call us today to find out more
Belfast is Northern Ireland’s capital city, and its largest, with a population of 333,871 in 2015. Once a centre of industry for tobacco, linen, shipbuilding and rope making, the RMS Titanic was built in the shipyard here. Today, you are more likely to come to Belfast for its art and culture, higher education or its shops, and the city attracts tourists throughout the year, although it remains Ireland’s economic hub. If you have been injured whilst living and working in Belfast, or whilst on holiday here from elsewhere in the UK, you may find yourself wondering if you can claim injury compensation.
The good news is that if somebody else caused your accident, you have a good chance that’s possible. You don’t need to limit your search for a lawyer to no-win, no-fee* solicitors in Belfast though, as Accident Advice Helpline’s network of lawyers covers the whole of the UK and Northern Ireland.
Why do you need no-win, no-fee* solicitors in Belfast?
There are a number of reasons why you may be looking for no-win, no-fee* solicitors in Belfast. Perhaps you have been injured after a slip, trip or fall at work, or maybe your child has sustained injuries after an accident at nursery or school. You may have been hurt in a road traffic accident on Belfast’s busy roads, or been injured in a public place after something went wrong. After an accident, it’s common for people to take action to move on, and claiming compensation is one way to do this. Whether you or a family member has been injured, you could face unexpected costs after an accident, such as the cost of medical treatment. You could also face losses, for example, loss of earnings, if you need to take time off work to recover from your injuries, and you need an expert solicitor to help you claim the compensation you are entitled to.
What to look for in a personal injury lawyer
There are a few things that you should look out for when searching for no-win, no-fee* solicitors in Belfast, and Accident Advice Helpline offers all of these things and more:
- You need a personal injury lawyer than can represent you in court. Although very few of our claims reach the court appearance stage, as a full service law firm we are able to be there at your side.
- Expertise in your specific accident type is something else to look out for. Perhaps you have suffered a public liability accident or are looking for a lawyer with experience handling workplace accident claims? Our teams have over 16 years’ experience, so we’re sure to have a specialist in your area.
- You also want a lawyer who won’t charge any upfront fees, as you may be struggling financially after your accident. Our solicitors work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis, so claiming is something that’s affordable for anybody.
What types of accidents could you claim compensation for?
Many people don’t realise that you can claim personal injury compensation for almost any type of accident, provided it was caused by somebody else’s negligence. Here are just a few examples:
- Workplace accidents
- Public liability accidents
- Food poisoning
- Slips, trips and falls
- Road traffic accidents
- Accidents on holiday
- Sporting accidents
- Accidents at schools or nurseries
If your accident has been caused by somebody else failing in their duty of care towards you – for example if you’ve been injured at work as a result of your employer’s lack of care – then you could make a claim for personal injury compensation within three years of your accident.
Claiming compensation after a road traffic accident in Belfast
Belfast’s roads are busy, no doubt about it, and if you have been injured in a road traffic accident in the city then you may be looking for no-win, no-fee* solicitors in Belfast. In 2003, the first fixed speed cameras in Northern Ireland were installed at known accident hotspots in the Greater Belfast area, at Saintfield Road, Antrim and Upper Newtownards Roads, after 82 people were killed in the first seven months of the year. It’s not just car drivers who are at risk of accidents on the roads here though – did you know that motorcyclists are 38 to 40 times more likely to be killed in a road traffic accident than car drivers?
Police in Northern Ireland will attend any road traffic accident where injuries have been sustained and will be able to determine who is at fault for the accident. From January to December 2015, 6,147 collisions involving injuries were reported to police, and we bet that many of the people injured went on to make a claim for compensation with no-win, no-fee* solicitors in Belfast.
What about claiming compensation for other types of accidents?
Accident Advice Helpline could help you claim compensation for a workplace accident too, and you’re not alone – in 2012, over 10,000 workers in Northern Ireland suffered a serious injury after a slip or trip at work. In fact it seems as if the number of fatal workplace accidents is on the rise, as HSE NI reported that 23 people had died as a result of workplace accidents in 2015/16, compared to just eight in 2013/14. If a member of your family has been killed in an accident at work and you believe their employer has been negligent, we could help you to claim compensation.
Call us today to find out more
Don’t waste time searching for no-win, no-fee* solicitors in Belfast, when you could just pick up the phone and call Accident Advice Helpline’s experienced team. Call us on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to find out if you are eligible to claim compensation after your accident in Belfast. All advice we offer to members of the public is provided on a no-obligation basis and in confidence, so there is no pressure to proceed with a claim at any point.
Date Published: 26th February 2013
Author: Emma Matthews