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What is a personal injury claim?

This article sets out a clear definition of what a personal injury compensation claim actually is.

The key to making successful personal injury claims is understanding what exactly they are and what they are meant to achieve.

Disclaimer

This guide outlines general topics you should be thinking about if you want to make a personal injury claim in Northern Ireland. But it is not legal advice. If you need legal advice, you should contact a specialist personal solicitor for advice on your specific circumstances.

What is a personal injury claim?

A personal injury claim is a legal process. You can use it to claim compensation if you get injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault.

Imagine you’re cleaning out your garage. A heavy piece of garden furniture topples over and breaks your toe.

Should you be entitled to compensation?

Not really.

Your injury is nobody else’s fault.

But what if you’re using a machine at work – and your employer hasn’t bothered to fit safety guards?

A piece of metal flies out of the machine and injures your face. Should you be entitled to compensation?

Absolutely.

Your facial injury could be considered to be someone else’s fault (your employer’s).

Accidents are sometimes somebody’s fault.

And sometimes, that person should have taken more care to stop the accident happening in the first place (that’s known as a duty of care).

If you’re injured in an accident that was someone else’s fault, and that person should have taken more care, guess what?

The law says that you should be compensated.

And the legal process of getting that compensation – that’s a personal injury claim.
The above article is part of our guide on how to make a personal injury claim in Northern Ireland.

If you are thinking about making a personal injury claim, you should get in touch with a Northern Ireland personal injury solicitor who will help you assess the strength of your case.

If you have any questions, you are very welcome to get in touch.

All the best,

The Team @ Lightlaw
Every effort is made to keep this guide up to date. Although it is not to be regarded as legal advice, we strive to make sure the information is helpful, accurate and practical. If you are a Northern Ireland personal injury solicitor and have spotted an inaccuracy, you can submit a suggested change.
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