Claim for injured cyclist settles for £27,500

Neil McGranaghan

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 neil@boydricesolicitors.com.

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

Jack Morrow

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 claims@boydricesolicitors.com

Claim arising from trip in shop settles for £30,000

Neil McGranaghan

Mrs B was in a recently-refurbished shop looking for some new flooring when she walked up a small ramp covered in some carpet remnant. This caused her to trip and fall, landing heavily on her left hand causing immediate pain in her wrist. After being helped to her feet our client noticed her wrist was swelling up. Her husband then took her to the Mater Hospital where she was sent for an x-ray.

The initial X-rays showed Mrs B had a fracture in her left wrist however further investigation was required to determine the extent of the injury. A cast was applied but in order to help resolve the issue manipulation was required with a small step in the joint still evident on inspection.

The following day Mrs B attended the fracture clinic at the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) and attended again one week later for open reduction and external fixation of her fracture which required an anaesthetic. Issues with her wrist continued and Mrs B had to attend further appointments at the RVH to review how the injury was improving as well as physiotherapy to aid recovery. Pain continued to bother her with day-to-day tasks such as peeling potatoes or filling a kettle causing her issues. In order to complete work around the house, Mrs B’s granddaughters had to assist with daily chores.

On being instructed Neil McGranaghan directed a letter of claim to the shop for onward transmission to their insurers. Correspondence alleged the incident arose from the shop’s negligence in failing to ensure the safety of visitors to the store. Neil’s priority was to ensure that Mrs B was fully compensated for her injuries and suffering. Compensation included special damages for monies paid to her granddaughters for helping with work around the house.

Settlement was reached without a need for Court Proceedings for the sum of £30,000 including special damages plus costs in Mrs B’s favour.

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

“I would recommend highly Neil as he kept me fully informed at all stages of my action and arranged all my medical examinations after a fall which caused a broken wrist. He obtained me a very good settlement in just 1 year. Thank you Neil very much.”

If you have been involved in a similar accident and would like to arrange a free consultation please contact us by phone on 02891 817715 or by email claims@boydricesolicitors.com

Road Traffic Accident settles for £5,500 plus costs

Neil McGranaghan

Boyd Rice Solicitors were instructed to act on behalf of Mr S in relation to his personal injury claim arising from a road traffic accident (RTA).

Mr S was driving home from work along a country road when a dog ran out in front of him. Swerving and braking to avoid hitting the dog, Mr S’s van was struck on the rear by another vehicle. Matters were discussed at the scene with the other driver admitting he had been distracted at the wheel. Mr S then drove his damaged van home. Although not feeling immediate pain at the scene, Mr S became increasingly aware of pain in his neck, back and knee. He attended the Ulster Hospital A & E.

Although there were no fractures, Mr S had suffered soft tissue injuries to his back and neck. Injuries to his neck were made worse due to his history of issues in that region which had been improving through physiotherapy. Self-employed in physical work, Mr S was off work for an initial two weeks before returning only in a reduced capacity. On attending his GP he was given advice and medication, also attending further physiotherapy for his injuries.

On instruction Neil McGranaghan directed a letter of claim to the other driver’s insurance company alleging that their insured’s negligence had led to our client’s personal injury, loss and damage. A medical examination was arranged to ensure we had a full understanding of all injuries.

Given that the accident had led to our client’s reduced capacity in work Neil’s aim was to ensure the matter was dealt with as soon as possible and that Mr S was fully compensated. After extensive communication with the other driver’s insured settlement was reached in the sum of £5,500 plus costs in Mr S’ favour with no requirement for Court proceedings.

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

“Neil did a great and quick job on my behalf to settle my claim as soon as possible.

Many thanks to him and the Team, I will definitely be using Boyd Rice Solicitors again!”

If you have been involved in a similar accident and would like to arrange a free consultation please contact us by phone on 02891 817715 or by email claims@boydricesolicitors.com

Breach of Client’s Privacy settles for £750 plus costs.

Ben Wall

Boyd Rice Solicitors were instructed to act on behalf of Mr X in respect of a breach of data protection.

A Government Agency had previously sent Mr X correspondence regarding a Summons of Execution to what they had in their records as his home address. This address was where he had previously resided with his father. His father was able to read aspects of the letter due to the poor quality stationery within which it was sent. On discovering the proceedings taken against Mr X, there was a breakdown in their relationship as Mr X’s family had previously been unaware of the personal matters to which it referred. Given the personal nature of the contents, it is understandable that Mr X wished for the issues to be kept private. Mr X immediately reported to the agency that he had previously advised of his change of address and that he had believed their records had been updated to reflect this. He received a letter apologising for the error and an assurance that his address had been updated in the system to avoid any future errors, with the matter being investigated as a matter of urgency.

With Mr X already not satisfied with the Government Agency’s response, they mistakenly sent further correspondence to his father’s address regarding similar personal matters. Again, not opening the letter, his father was able to partially see the contents of the letter leading to a further breach of Mr X’s privacy. Due to our client’s father suffering from health issues including a heart condition, his wider family soon became aware of the personal proceedings as it was feared that proceedings related to his father’s property. This led to further distress for both Mr X’s father and Mr X, continuing to affect Mr X’s relationship with his family.

On receiving instruction from our client, Ben Wall directed a letter of claim alleging a breach of the rules governing data protection. Using wide-ranging and recent Legislation, Ben referred to both the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). Specifically citing the access to, processing and publication of confidential information concerning our client, Ben also highlighted the distress, anxiety and reputational damage Mr X had suffered. Given the stress this had caused Mr X and his father’s worsening health condition, Ben’s priority was to resolve the matter as soon as possible to ensure Mr X was not put through further undue stress and his family relationships were not further affected.

With Ben determined to ensure Mr X was suitably compensated, there was extensive communication both with our Client and the Government Agency involved. Court Proceedings were issued against the Government Agency but the case was settled with a day to spare in the sum of £750 plus costs.

Following the successful conclusion of their claim our client commented as follows;
“Ben called me shortly after my web enquiry and discussed the process in great detail to me. Everything was taken care off for me which helped greatly in very stressful circumstances.
Always make sure your data is handled correctly and if not contact Ben!”

If you have had a similiar issue and would like to arrange a free consultation please contact us by phone on 02891 817715 or by email claims@boydricesolicitors.com

Bicycle Accident Claim Solicitor

Case Settled for Injured Cyclist

Boyd Rice

Settlement is reached for injured cyclist less than 4 months from date of accident

Boyd Rice Solicitors were instructed to act on behalf of Mr L in relation to a personal injury claim.
Our client instructs that he was cycling to participate in the weekend Club Run. He was cycling a road bike and was wearing appropriate safety gear. When en route to meet other Club members the passenger side of a car collided with him. The collision threw him from his bicycle onto the road. Thankfully he was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, however the force of impact caused injuries and damaged his bicycle and cycling clothing.

Our client was taken by ambulance to Bangor Hospital where he was assessed and subsequently released. He had injuries to his neck, shoulder, elbow and hip. He contacted our office and an appointment was arranged within one week of the accident. Following the appointment an examination was arranged with a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon to determine the extent of the injuries sustained. A letter of claim was directed to the at fault driver’s insurer.

Our client’s bicycle was badly damaged and we were instructed to recover the cost of the bike together with the cost of replacement bespoke wheels, helmet, clothing and cleats.

Once medical evidence had been obtained we engaged in constructive discussions with the at fault driver’s insurer and managed to agree settlement on a pre proceedings basis in the sum of £7,326.40. This meant that our client did not need to go to Court. Settlement was achieved on a global basis and encompassed damages for his injuries together with the cost of the bike, add-ons and safety clothing/equipment.

Thankfully given that our client’s injuries were relatively modest in nature when compared to other cycling injury claims that we have dealt with, we managed to resolve matters quickly. Our client received his damages cheque less than 3 and a half months from the date that he first attended our office meaning that he could replace his bike and get back on the road.

Following the successful conclusion of his claim our client commented as follows;
Neil was very professional throughout my case, answered queries promptly, thanks to him I am back on the road again

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

Cycling Accident claim settles for £15,000

Neil McGranaghan

Boyd Rice Solicitors were instructed to act on behalf of Mr F in relation to his injury claim.

Our client instructs that he was riding his pushbike along the Upper Newtownards Road close to Stormont when a van cut in front of him and he was unable to avoid colliding with it. He could not cycle his bike any further as the front wheel was buckled and the bike was left chained to a fence. Unfortunately, when our client returned to collect the bike a few days later it had been stolen.

Our client developed increasing pain in the lateral aspect of his right shoulder in the hours after the accident. Initially he took pain killers but as the pain did not settle he attended the Emergency department of the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald. X-rays taken of his right shoulder confirmed a fracture of his clavicle (collar bone). He was treated in a collar and cuff and advised to return to the Fracture Clinic.

Shortly after our client instructed Neil McGranaghan to pursue an injury claim against the van driver. A medical appointment was arranged in order to obtain a full understanding of the long term impact that this injury would have on our client. He is an avid cyclist and was keen to ensure that he could get back on his bike.

The insurance company of the van driver were unable to get in contact with driver and delayed in accepting liability. On that basis, Court proceedings were issued to ensure that our client’s claim was brought to conclusion as quickly as possible.

The Solicitor appointed by the van driver’s insurer indicated at an early stage that the insurance company would now deal with the claim and a joint consultation followed quickly thereafter. Thankfully our client’s collarbone was healing well and early discussions proved successful. Settlement was achieved in the sum of £15,000 which included £300 in respect of our client’s stolen push bike.

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

“My visit to the Boyd Rice website was the best decision that I have made in a long time. My case was dealt with utmost professionalism and the conclusion was reached very quickly. I can’t thank those involved enough and would (and have) recommended Boyd Rice to anyone in a similar situation. Thank you all so very much.”

If you have been involved in a similar accident on your bike and would like to arrange a free consultation please contact us by phone on 02891 817715 or by email claims@boydricesolicitors.com.

Cyclist knocked off his bike awarded £26,261.86

Neil McGranaghan

Boyd Rice Solicitors were instructed to act on behalf of Mr B in relation to his injury claim.

Our client instructs that he was cycling as part of a large group of club cyclists. He was cycling a road bike with cleats and was wearing appropriate cycling gear. Our client had cycled from Newtownards and just as he was entering Donaghadee he was struck by a van from behind. The collision threw him from his bicycle onto the road. Thankfully he was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, however the force of impact caused serious injuries and damaged his bicycle and cycling clothing.

Our client was taken by ambulance to the Ulster Hospital.  He had a series of examinations including an x-ray to his lumbar spine and a CT scan of his chest, abdomen and pelvis. These examinations identified a compression fracture of the body of his L1 vertebrae with 25-30% loss of vertebral height. Our client was admitted to hospital overnight. He further sustained cuts to his elbow, knee and shin as well as bruising to his hip region.

Clearly our client was seriously injured in the accident and it was important to get a full understanding of his injuries before taking all relevant steps to ensure that he received proper compensation together with recovery of the costs of any additional medical treatment required.

Our client’s bicycle was damaged beyond repair. Early discussions took place with the at fault driver’s insurer and we recovered the value of the bike together with the cost of a replacement helmet and clothing meaning that our client could get back on the road when he was ready to do so.

In addition, our client required 10 weeks off work and we recovered all loss of earnings.

Court proceedings were issued on our client’s behalf and the case resolved without the need to attend Court. Liability was quickly established and therefore our aim was to ensure that our client was fully compensation for the injuries he sustained in the accident. The case resolved constructively following discussions with the Defendant insurer’s legal team in the sum of £23,000 in respect of the injuries sustained together with £3,261.86 in respect of bicycle damage and replacement clothing.

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

“From the outset Neil McGranaghan guided and advised me throughout the process. Any concerns or queries I had were dealt with promptly (usually within the hour). Delighted to receive a cheque to cover damage to bike and clothing after only 8 weeks. Now the case has come to an end I must say I’m well satisfied with the damages cheque I’ve received. I honestly would not have any reservations in recommending Boyd Rice Solicitors to any of my friends.”

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 neil@boydricesolicitors.com

CLAIM ARISING FROM ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENT ON KEMPSTONE ROAD NEWTOWNARDS SETTLES FOR £6,390.36

Neil McGranaghan

Boyd Rice Solicitors were instructed to act on behalf of Ms C in relation to her injury claim arising from a road traffic accident.

Our client was the driver of a vehicle which was stationary at a road block when her vehicle was hit with considerable force on the rear by another vehicle and was pushed into the vehicle in front.

She attended the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald and also her GP with complaints in relation to pain in her neck, back and wrist. A scaphoid fracture was suspected and she was placed in a futoro splint. She also developed pain in her leg.

Clearly our client was seriously injured in the accident and it was important to get a full understanding of her injuries before taking all relevant steps to ensure that she received proper compensation for the injuries together with recovery of the costs of any additional medical treatment required.

In addition, our client required 3 weeks off work and we were asked by her insurance company to recover all wages advanced to her during that time.

Court proceedings were issued on our client’s behalf and the case resolved without the need to attend Court. Our client received the sum of £6390.36 which included the cost of 7 sessions of acupuncture. We also recovered a sum in respect of our client’s wages for her employer.

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

“I contacted my insurer the day after the accident and was told so many conflicting pieces of information  regarding the process to be taken after an accident.  At one point, my insurer even told me I would not receive any monies towards my vehicle due to the nature of my policy. It was extremely overwhelming and difficult to process after the nature of the accident. I decided to call Boyd Rice Solicitors as they had so many positive online reviews. After a 5 minute phone call with Neil, all this stress was lifted of my shoulders and I felt extremely confident I was in the best of hands. Neil kept in regular contact with me and never failed to answer any queries I had. I really cannot begin to thank Boyd Rice Solicitors enough, as they helped take an extremely stressful scenario and turn it in to something that I could genuinely forget about, allowing me to focus on the physical recovery after the accident.   I have since, and will continue to highly recommend Boyd Rice Solicitors and not just for personal injury purposes.”

If you have been involved in a similar accident and would like to arrange a free consultation please contact us by phone on 02891 817715 or by email claims@boydricesolicitors.com

Road Traffic Accident in Lisburn, Northern Ireland settles for £5,800

Neil McGranaghan

Boyd Rice Solicitors were instructed to act on behalf of Ms J in relation to her personal injury claim. Our client instructed that she was the driver of a moving vehicle which was hit on the passenger side by another car which was performing a U-turn.

The impact pushed our client’s vehicle into a wall. Our client developed pain in her right wrist immediately after the incident. Details of the subject accident were locally resolved before an ambulance arrived. She was initially treated at the scene for chest pains before being transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital.

She was x-rayed at hospital where a hairline crack in the right distal radius was diagnosed.

We were further instructed by our client’s insurance company to recover the pre-accident value (PAV) of her vehicle and were also instructed by our client to recover her insurance excess which had been deducted by her insurance company from the PAV of the vehicle.

Court proceedings were issued against the at fault driver. Approximately one week before the scheduled Court Hearing date, the case resolved in Ms J favour in the sum of £5,800 plus costs.

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

“Boyd Rice Solicitors put me at ease from the very beginning. Everything was explained to me and I fully understood the process. I was kept informed throughout my case and was happy that the case settled outside of Court.”

If you have been involved in a Road Traffic Accident and would like advice, please contact us by phone on 02891 817715 or by email claims@boydricesolicitors.com