Am I entitled to be compensated for psychological distress arising from my accident?

Yes, it is very common for individuals who have sustained a physical injury from an accident to then develop psychiatric injury such as an adjustment disorder or depression. In order to determine the extent of your psychological injury we will arrange for you to be examined by a Consultant Psychiatrist.

What should I do if I am bitten by a dog?

Seek medical attention for your injuries, phone the dog warden in your local Council and then get in contact with one of our injury team who will talk you through the rest of the process. If you can get the name and address of the dog owner that will be helpful.

I work for Hermes and am self employed, if I don’t work, I don’t get paid but my injuries are going to prevent me to work, can I claim loss of earnings?

Yes, you can claim loss of earnings for any time of work that is related to the attack by the dog but as long as the duration off work is reasonable and you must mitigate your loss.

How long will it take to bring my case to conclusion?

We normally try to bring these cases to conclusion within 9 months of receipt of your instructions, if possible.

Do you pursue the dog owner directly for compensation?

Yes, however, thankfully most dog owners have either home insurance and/ or pet insurance. The insurer will normally indemnify the dog owner for damages and costs arising from the attack.

Why should I use Boyd Rice and not another Solicitor?

You will always have freedom of choice to pick whatever Solicitor you wish to proceed with a claim however we have significant experience in cases of this type and have achieved significant compensation for our clients in the past. It is no coincidence that when you google “dog bite solicitor Northern Ireland” we are the first Solicitor that appears!