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When Should I Start My Car Accident Claim In Northern Ireland?

In Northern Ireland, car accidents are extremely common and if you have been in a car accident that wasn’t your fault and have suffered an injury, then you may be able to claim compensation. 

Whether you were driving the car, a passenger or even a pedestrian hit by the car, you have the right to be compensated. This may be in terms of your medical expenses, lost income, lost potential future income or any other expenses directly related to the accident.

At H McPartland and Sons, our solicitors will provide you with support and assistance through every stage of the claim and compensation process for a car accident. 

What does a solicitor help with to process a car accident claim?

McPartland & Sons will gather information about the car accident to allow us to assess your eligibility to make a claim and once the claim is deemed eligible, we will arrange a medical examination to assess the severity of your injuries and the estimated recovery time. 

We will then gather evidence about the car accident. This will include asking for details such as when, where, and how the accident occurred. We will help you gather additional evidence including photographs, witness statements and your medical records. We must gather as much information as possible as this will create a strong case for your claim.

When do I need to begin the claim process?

It is vitally important to begin your claim as soon as possible. Currently, in Northern Ireland, there’s a limitation period on claims of three years from the date of the injury or three years from the date of knowledge (depending on each case’s unique circumstances) as set out in The Limitation (Northern Ireland) Order 1989.

The courts have a wide discretion to extend this if it’s equitable to do so and claims for anyone under the age of 18, can be brought up to three years after they turn 18 but the sooner the claim is progressed the better.

The length of a car accident claim will depend on two things. 

  • the seriousness of your injuries and 
  • whether the other party admits responsibility. 

For example, if you suffer a relatively minor injury and the defendant accepts responsibility, then your claim could be settled in a matter of months. However, if you are suffering from more serious injuries, then the claim may take longer as more medical evidence is required.

How Much Compensation Will I Receive?

Compensation claims are based on the following:

  •       Medical and travel expenses you’ve incurred
  •       Your care and support needs
  •       Current and future loss of earnings
  •       Modifications to your home
  •       Your pain and suffering

At McPartland & Sons, our experienced solicitors treat every client on an individual basis to assess their claim and assist with any questions. If you or someone you care about has been involved in a car accident and you think you may have a claim, contact us today and talk to a member of the team to find out how we can help you.

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