Dog bites cases continue to rise in Northern Ireland

We have handled a number of cases on behalf of Royal Mail employees who have been bitten whilst diligently carrying out their jobs.

NI has second highest number of dog attacks on Royal Mail staff and we will continue to support Royal Mail employees who have been attacked whilst at work.

We have also acted for delivery drivers who were attacked by dogs whilst at work for the following companies:

It is important to get legal advice from one of our expert solicitors at the earliest possible opportunity. If the dog owner has home insurance or pet insurance then you should be compensated for the injuries you sustain in these frightening incidents.

For further information please review our website on dog bite claims  or give us a call for a free initial consultation.

If you are in any doubt please read our google reviews several of which were left by clients who were bitten by dogs and were successful in a claim.

Victim of dog attack receives £15,500 in compensation

Boyd Rice Solicitors were instructed to act on behalf of Mr M in relation to a personal injury claim relating to a dog attack. Mr M who worked as a self-employed courier for Amazon, was performing his duties, delivering parcels in a rural area in Tyrone. As he approached one of the addresses assigned to him that day he was not met by the owner, but by two large dogs. It is not uncommon for delivery drivers to encounter dogs when performing their duties, but normally the animals are friendly, kept inside or not bothered by the arrival of the delivery man. These 2 dogs appeared to be very agitated and without warning Mr M was attacked from behind by one of the dogs, he was knocked forward and fell face first.  Receiving little to no help from the dogs’ owner Mr M was bitten and pulled around by the animal.

In a state of disbelief over the owner’s lack of empathy regarding the incident, Mr M was brought to Lagan Valley A&E to be treated for his injuries and given a tetanus injection. Further measures were required to ensure an infection did not develop.

He then contacted Boyd Rice Solicitors and instructed us to seek compensation from the dog owner for the injuries sustained. We arranged a medical examination with a Consultant Plastic Surgeon. The Plastic Surgeon commented upon the bite marks left by the dog on our client and highlighted that our client remains very anxious around dogs following the attack. On that basis, we arranged for an appointment with a Consultant Psychiatrist. The Psychiatrist report confirmed our client’s apprehension around dogs and concluded that our client had suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) following his ordeal but fortunately indicated that he would fully recover within a couple of years if he received the right treatment.

Upon receipt of the medical reports we were given authority by our client to engage with the dog owner’s insurer with a view to settling the case. Liability at that stage had already been formally accepted. Discussions with the insurer resulted in the case settling out of Court in our client’s favour in the sum of £15,500 together with his legal costs.

Upon successful conclusion of his case our client commented as follows:

“I am a retired company director with an MBA and law degree from Chicago Booth University. I retired at 48 financially secure and entered the gig economy working as a part time courier with Amazon Flex. In or around early January 2022 my world was turned upside down by an unprovoked attack whilst carrying out my duties for amazon. My fears were further compounded in the aftermath of the attack as it appeared Northern Ireland had no dedicated dog bite specialists. Fearfull, i would be left stranded and isolated, I started a search by contacting many law firms that I had known over many years in business. Initial impressions were frightening to say the least. This was clearly a niche market which would require a distinct set of skills and in simple terms, would need a dedicated specialist with a clear understanding of this type of market. However, it was during a call to a leading law firm in Belfast which gave me my first chink of light in a very dark room. The answer was clinical. Call “Neil Mc Granaghan of Boyd Rice solicitors.” I knew intuitively my worries were over. Flawless communication, seemless integration, and an astute legal eye steered this matter to conclusion in a matter of months. I was struck by the forensic synchronicity within the practice. Neil Mc Granaghan was absolutely impeccable. Outstanding. Readers should take note of the exceptional settlement amount in this case. Individual settlements will of course vary depending on the merits of a particular case. However, this figure was achieved singularly by forensic application of Neil Mc Granaghan to the case. Without hesitation the top dog attack solicitor in the country. Thank you Neil. “

Asbestos claims solicitors

Boyd Rice Solicitors support calls for awareness of asbestos exposure

Our experience in handling cases for clients or indeed their families who have suffered as a result of exposure to asbestos leads us to whole heartedly concur that more needs to be done to highlight the serious risks posed by exposure to asbestos dust.

The BBC article published online today indicates that cases in which illnesses derived from exposure to asbestos dust leading to death are on the rise with 63 cases recorded in 2019 compared to 99 in 2020. This is a very serious issue.

If you or a member of your family have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, pleural plaques or another medical condition attributable to exposure to asbestos dust please contact us for a free initial consultation on 02891817715 or for further information please see our website


German Shepherd

Claim for cyclist bitten by dog settles for £8,750

Boyd Rice Solicitors were instructed to act on behalf of Mr Win in relation to his personal injury claim. On the date of the incident our client was out for a cycle on his pushbike. He was cycling past a house with a concealed pillar at the entrance. As he cycled past the property he heard a dog chasing him. The dog bit his left leg. He pedaled as fast as possible. The dog then ran into the property. When he got off his bike he realised that there was blood from multiple puncture wounds on his left calf. He contacted his General Practitioner and was given antibiotics. He did not require stitches. There was swelling around the puncture marks.

Our client instructed us to seek compensation from the dog owner for the injuries sustained. He had already reported the incident to the local Council and therefore the first step in the investigation process was to make a freedom of information request to the Council requesting details of the dog owner. Once those details were confirmed we issued a letter of the claim to the dog owner however they did not respond.

We arranged a medical examination with a Consultant Plastic Surgeon and upon receipt of the medical report had to decide how best to proceed in light of the fact that the dog owner did not even respond to the letter. We were given authority by our client to issue Court proceedings against the dog owner. We served the proceedings and to our surprise, did not hear from either the dog owner, their pet insurer or their home insurer.

We then instructed a process server to personally serve the Court proceedings on the dog owner as it appeared that they were determined to evade service of proceedings. The process server certainly earned every penny of their fee as he was able to advise that he was met by two intimidating dogs as he walked up the driveway to give the dog owner the Civil Bill!

Shortly thereafter, at long last, we received confirmation that a Solicitor had been appointed by the dog owner’s insurance company and we successfully argued that liability clearly rested with the dog owner for our client’s injuries. The case was settled out of Court in our client’s favour in the sum of £8,750 plus his legal costs.

Neil McGranaghan was instructed in this case. Our client was asked for his comments following successful conclusion of his case and commented as follows:

I contacted Boyd Rice immediately after sustaining a dog bite while riding my bicycle about a half mile from my home in April 2020. My case was passed to Neil McGranaghan who was promptly in contact to procure the details of the incident. After assessing the details Neil believed there was a strong case for compensation and I instructed him to act on my behalf. An independent medical assessment was organised and performed and Neil contacted all relevant parties for information. The case was not straightforward in that the incident occurred during the first covid-19 lockdown making normal procedures and communications with third parties extremely difficult. The situation was complicated further when the owner of the dog in question remained completely unresponsive to all communications from Boyd Rice. At each step of the process Neil kept me informed about exactly what each course of action was, how long each step might take and the time-frame to wait before proceeding to the next step in the plan. Neil was also completely transparent and kept me informed of the pro’s and con’s in pursuing a case against an owner who was determined to avoid responsibility and gave me his professional opinion at each stage on the likelihood of a favourable outcome. After many months of silence from the dog owner Neil and I made the decision to issue notice of formal court proceedings. Once again after a period of non-responsiveness by the dog owner, Neil decided to serve the notice of court proceedings via a formal process server. This strategy worked and the owner contacted their insurance company and appropriate parties were appointed to deal with the matter. Not long thereafter, the case was settled strongly in my favour, greatly exceeding expectations. I am very grateful to Neil and Boyd Rice, not just for taking on my case but for having the expertise and strategy to work through the difficulties encountered that ultimately led to a good outcome.

If you have been bitten by a dog you can pursue a claim for damages against the dog owner. Please contact us by phone on 02891 817715 or by email

buying a home

A step by step guide to making your will

Making a will is one of the most important things that any of us can do. It enables provisions to be made for those we care about and ensures that our wishes are carried out following death. It is also something that, although relatively straight forward in most cases, many of us put off doing.

Boyd Rice Solicitors will provide a full service for will writing and the administration of estates.

This short guide outlines the main things to consider when making a will.

Step 1

We will need the following information:

  • Your full name and address.
  • Your occupation.

Step 2

You will need to think about who you would like to act as your Executors.

  • Executors are the people who in conjunction with us deal with gathering in and distributing your estate after death.
  • Although we act in the administration of the estate the role of the Executor is nevertheless an important and responsible one, so consider the people you appoint carefully.
  • An Executor can be a beneficiary.

You may also need to think about appointing guardians. A guardian is appointed to look after any children who are under 18 who would otherwise be left without parents or guardians on your death.

Step 3

You then need to consider who you want to benefit under your will.  Think about:

  • In general terms, who you want to benefit from your estate.
  • The type of gifts you may wish to make. You may wish to make any or all of the following types of gift:
  • Specific gifts to particular people, for example particular items such as a piece or pieces of furniture, ornaments, jewellery, or collections.
  • Gifts of specified sums of money, for example a gift of £100.00 to a named person or charity.
  • Gifts of specified land or property to an individual or individuals.
  • Who is or who are to take the remainder of your estate after any of the gifts mentioned above have been made.  You may not need or want to make any of the types of gift mentioned above so that the estate as a whole is simply left to one person or to several individuals to be divided between them.
  • What you want to happen if any of your beneficiaries should die before you.

Step 4

Once you have thought how you wish your property to be distributed, we will be in a position to draft your will according to your wishes and have your will signed and witnessed.

We will always provide you with a copy of your will and we will store your original will safely and securely.

Step 5

Our team recommend that you should periodically review and update your will to ensure it is kept updated and reflects your current circumstances.

You should always review your will after significant life events such as:

  • Marriage or divorce.
  • The arrival of children or grandchildren.
  • Purchasing property.
  • Any financial changes.


For further information please contact us by phone 02891 817715 or by email

Hearing loss claims solicitors

Hearing loss claim against multiple Defendants resolves in the sum of £9,062.50

Boyd Rice Solicitors are regularly instructed by clients who have been exposed to excessive noise at work and as a result have developed noise induced hearing loss or tinnitus. In this case, our client had been employed by Robert Hair and Company Ltd in the 1980s, he subsequently joined Short Brothers as an airframe fitter and worked for them for over 10 years until finally joining Northern Ireland Railways/ Translink. During the course of his employment with all three, he was exposed to excessive noise and was not provided with ear protection at all times. Our client instructed that the hearing tests carried out at work confirmed that he had sustained loss of hearing and we were confident based on his initial instructions that he had a meritorious claim. He also instructed that he suffers from Tinnitus or ringing in the ears when lying in bed at night. He was able to tell us that he has to ask people to repeat themselves regularly and listens to the television at an elevated volume at home.

We instructed a Consultant Otolaryngologist to carry out an Audiogram (hearing test) and to discuss our client’s employment history with him. The Consultant was provided with a schedule of our client’s employers which we obtained from HMRC. The Consultant’s detailed report confirms that our client was suffering from mild sensorineural hearing loss and mild to moderate Tinnitus. The Consultant attributed 80% of his hearing loss to exposure during the course of his employment.

We issued Court proceedings on behalf of our client against the three aforementioned employers. Their respective insurance companies nominated Solicitors to defend the claims. The Defendants’ Solicitors agreed that our client should be medically examined by an expert of their choice. Their expert also prepared a report.  Both medical experts were largely in agreement however negotiations were taking too long and we asked the Court to list the case for Hearing. The case resolved shortly after without the need for our client to attend Court in the sum of £9062.50 and our client’s legal costs were divided between and paid by the Defendants’ insurance companies.

Following the successful conclusion of their claim our client commented as follows;

After years of working in a noisy environment I had some hearing loss. So I contacted Neil Mc Granaghan at BoydRice solicitors, Newtownards, County Down. From the first phone call to the last conversation the service was absolutely first class and completely professionally handled. I would completely recommend BoydRice Solicitors for all your legal needs. Thank you Neil and all the team for sorting my claim and winning it for me.”                                                                                                  

If you suspect that your hearing as deteriorated from working in a noisy environment you could be entitled to compensation. We offer a free initial consultation. To book an appointment please contact us by phone on 02891 817715 or by email

Property damage compensation solicitors

Claim relating to damage to hedge following road traffic accident settles for £420

Boyd Rice Solicitors were instructed to act on behalf of Mrs C in respect of her claim relating to damage to her garden hedge following an accident involving two cars in Gilnahirk, Belfast. One of the cars, who happened to be the at fault party’s vehicle, ended up in our client’s garden hedge causing considerable damage. Boyd Rice Solicitors also act on behalf of the driver of the other vehicle (non fault party) who was injured in the accident.

Our initial advice to our client was to get a quote for remedial work to be carried out to the hedge in order to return it to the same condition as it was before the accident occurred. Our client obtained a very reasonable quote from Woodcroft Landscapes in Belfast and sent their invoice to us. The at fault driver’s insurer accepted liability at an early stage and engaged fully with Neil McGranaghan when presented with the invoice. They raised a cheque for the cost of remedial work to the hedge and also paid our client’s legal costs.

Following the successful conclusion of her claim our client commented as follows;

“My claim was handled with minimum fuss, and I was reimbursed quickly. The replacement hedge is already growing in.”                                                                                                       

Our property damage department regularly handle cases on behalf of clients whose property whether it be a garden hedge, wall or fence, has been damaged by a vehicle. There does not always have to have been an accident with another vehicle, very often a car, van or lorry can lose control and collide with property. For more substantial claims we instruct loss adjusters to prepare a report on the extent of the damage caused and the cost of remedial work. Our aim is always to recover the cost of repairing your property as quickly as possible. Please contact us at the earliest possible opportunity by phone on 02891 817715 or by email

Road traffic accident on Newtownards Road settles for £3,250

Boyd Rice Solicitors were instructed to act on behalf of Mr A in respect of his injury claim and a claim for damage to his vehicle. Our client was driving along the Newtownards Road towards Belfast. He had moved off from a set of traffic lights when the vehicle behind collided with the rear of his vehicle causing damage to the rear bumper and light fitting.

Mr A rang Neil McGranaghan right after the accident occurred. He was going to speak to his insurance company and instruct them to arrange repairs to his vehicle however we decided to keep the accident away from his own insurance company, meaning that his insurance would not be affected going forward. An assessment of his vehicle and repairs were arranged via NI Accident Management Ltd who would then instruct Neil to recover the cost of repairs and hire from the at fault driver’s insurer.

Our client developed pain in his neck, shoulders and back. He rang his GP who prescribed naproxen.

Our client’s vehicle was repaired quickly and he was provided with a replacement vehicle whilst his repairs were carried out. The cost of repairs and the hire vehicle were recovered from the at fault driver’s insurer. This meant that our client’s insurance premium was totally unaffected by the accident. In respect of his injuries, we arranged a medical examination which was carried out 3 months after the accident. The examining Consultant confirmed that our client sustained a soft tissue injury of his neck,mid thoracic area and lower back in the accident and despite having made good progress with recovery at that stage indicated that it would take him a further few months to recover fully.

Once Neil received the Consultant’s medical report, negotiations with the at fault driver’s insurer began and the injury claim was settled in the sum of £3,250. In addition our client’s legal costs were paid by the at fault driver’s insurer. The case took just over 6 months to bring to conclusion.

Following the successful conclusion of his claim our client commented as follows;

“Having contacted Boyd Rice Solicitors after my road traffic accident I received a prompt response from Neil providing clear and helpful advice. Despite being only a few days before Christmas, a high-quality courtesy car was arranged while repairs where being carried out on my vehicle. Acting on my behalf, Neil was successful in achieving a quick resolution which exceeded my expectations. I would not hesitate in contacting Boyd Rice Solicitors in the future should the need arise.“                                                                                                



This case highlights the importance of contacting us at the earliest possible opportunity following a road traffic accident. We regularly take calls from our clients at the scene of the accident. We can then guide you through the process and ensure your insurance premium is unaffected, if possible. If you would like advice, free of charge, please contact us by phone on 02891 817715 or by email

Claim for injured cyclist settles for £27,500

Boyd Rice Solicitors were instructed to act on behalf of Mr G in relation to his injury claim. He sustained serious injuries to his shoulder after coming off his bike when a vehicle pulled out in front of him.

Thankfully he was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, however the force of impact caused serious injuries damaging his bicycle and cycling clothing. The Police and Ambulance attended the scene. The driver of the vehicle accepted liability to PSNI.

Our client attended Ards Minor Injuries Unit.  He had an x-ray and was referred to the Ulster Hospital for further investigations. He was subsequently diagnosed with an un-displaced fracture of his shoulder, abrasions to his knee, soft tissue injuries to his hand and a musculo-ligamentous sprain of the cervico-thoracic region.

Having been recommended to speak to Neil McGranaghan as he is an expert in cycling cases, our client provided instructions shortly after the accident for Boyd Rice Solicitors to pursue an injury claim on his behalf. We were also instructed to seek compensation for the damaged bicycle and clothing which included a carbon fibre Giant road bike with Campagnolo wheelset together with cycling clothing, helmet and cleats.

Vis a vis early discussions with the at fault insurance company, an interim payment was made in respect of the bicycle, safety equipment and clothing.

Given the severity of the injuries sustained, Court proceedings were issued on our client’s behalf and the case resolved without the need to attend Court.  The case resolved constructively following discussions with the Defendant insurer’s legal team in the sum of £27,000 in respect of the injuries sustained together with our client’s legal costs.

Following the successful conclusion of their claim our client commented as follows;

“I initially contacted Neil because he was recommended by a fellow cyclist who had previously used his services, the speed and manner in which my case was dealt with was very impressive. The driver in my case admitted full responsibility at the scene and after 11 weeks off work I was well enough to return to both work and cycling.

I was kept informed at all times as the case developed, my bicycle, wheels and clothing were replaced after only 9 weeks. Other than several visits to hospital for treatments and assessment I had no more dealings in the case.”

I highly recommend Neil for anyone who is ever unfortunate enough to find themselves in similar circumstances, I am more than happy with the compensation.”

Neil McGranaghan is a specialist cycling accident Solicitor. It is important to receive expert guidance if you have been seriously injured in a cycling accident. We offer a free initial consultation. Please contact Neil by phone on 02891 817715 or by email

Case arising from a broken streetlight settles for £4,000 plus costs.

Boyd Rice Solicitors were instructed to act on behalf Mrs D in relation to her personal injury claim arising from a fall in a dark street.

Mrs D was leaving her daughter’s house in the early evening when she tripped and fell over a trailer bar. Mrs D was unable to see the obstruction as the area was pitch black. Mrs D travelled to the Ulster Hospital in her daughter’s car for treatment of injuries to her ribs, face and knee. The streetlight responsible for the area was not operational at the time of the incident.

Although x-rays of her knee and chest showed no fracture, Mrs D had suffered significant bruising with the pain in her knee subsiding only after an injection. She also had facial bruising.

In what proved to be a very interesting case, our client advised that her daughter in-law’s neighbour had made complaints about the faulty streetlight for 3-4 months preceding the accident as well as reporting it to their local MP.

Neil McGranaghan directed a letter of claim to the Department for Infrastructure. Correspondence alleged the incident arose from the Department’s negligence in failing to ensure the safety of the public emphasising the fact that the streetlight was not working at the time of the incident and had not been working for some time. Liability for the accident was disputed by the Department for Infrastructure and we issued Court proceedings on our client’s behalf.

Although a Court date was set, settlement was reached without the need to attend Court for the sum of £4,000 plus our client’s legal costs.

Following the successful conclusion of their claim our client commented as follows;

Thanks Neil! Always kept me up to date with everything. My claim was handled very quickly and efficiently.

The issue with broken street lights is widely reported in local media. If you sustained injuries from a fall due to lack of street lighting and would like to arrange a free consultation please contact us by phone on 02891 817715 or by email