Abuse Survivors Blog

Dog attacks: can I claim compensation for my injuries?

Written by Megan Hickey on 23 Jun 2023

There can be no doubt that being bitten by a dog is a traumatic and frightening experience that can cause debilitating psychological and physical injuries. Physical injuries (caused by a dog bite) are generally visible and recognisable and range from minor wounds to nerve/muscle damage and residual scarring.


Emmott Snell Solicitors secure compensation for an employee injured by a forklift truck

Written by Jacqui Morton on 14 Jun 2023

Every year a significant number of workers are injured as a result of an accident in their workplace. Many of these accidents are a result of transport within the workplace and in particular forklift trucks. The Health and Safety Executive (‘HSE’) say that 25% of all workplace transport accidents involve lift trucks and that these are often due to poor supervision and a lack of training. The HSE have helpfully published a Code of Practice and Guidance.


The importance of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

Written by Jacqui Morton on 23 Nov 2021

We have previously looked at the mechanics of the Criminal Injuries Scheme. Recently we at Emmott Snell Solicitors have been reminded of its importance to victims who have no other form of redress open to them. It is hoped that the case study below will encourage those who are considering making applications to the CICA to go forward with this. 


Claiming compensation for injuries caused by accidents in public places

Written by Jacqui Morton on 25 Jan 2021

A significant number of people suffer injuries in public places such as shops, restaurants, schools and parks. Many of these accidents are as a result of negligence or a breach of duty of care on the part of those who own and or control the premises and could easily be avoided.


Injuries in care homes - appropriate redress

Written by Jacqui Morton on 12 Aug 2020

A significant number of our elderly and most vulnerable members of society live in care homes (for a variety of reasons). Those of us who have relatives who are being looked after in these homes are entitled to expect them to be safe and well cared for.  Whilst most do, sadly there are some whose care is below the required standard leaving its residents open to harm, abuse and injury. 


Claiming compensation injuries caused by dog bites

Written by Jacqui Morton on 06 Mar 2020

There can be no doubt that being bitten by a dog is a traumatic and frightening experience that can cause debilitating psychological and physical injuries. If you have been bitten/attacked by a dog and suffered injury then you may be able to make a claim for compensation. This compensation could cover any lost earnings if you’ve had time off work, the cost of any treatment as well as for the injury itself. 


Compensation for dental injuries in personal injury claims

Written by Jacqui Morton on 03 Jun 2019

Many of us associate personal injury claims with injuries such as broken bones, burns, lacerations, bruising or other similar injuries.

However, many people who have been involved in accidents suffer injury to their teeth and jaw in addition to other physical injuries or as a stand-alone injury.  


Medical and police records in compensation claims

Written by Bernadette James on 01 Nov 2018

Medical and police records play an important role in any personal injury compensation claim. 

They can support a person’s case in a number of ways and therefore can be of great evidential value. 


Can I protect my benefits entitlement if I receive compensation?

Written by Jacqui Morton on 19 Oct 2018

Compensation settlements and awards from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (as a result of psychiatric or physical injury) will be taken into account by the Department of Work and Pensions when assessing a person’s entitlement to means tested benefits.


7 common personal injury questions answered

Written by Bernadette James on 28 Sep 2018

1. Do I have a claim and what do I have to do?

If you have suffered an injury (physical or psychological) in the last three years as a result of being involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault, then you may have a personal injury compensation claim.

There are some cases where the criteria might be different. For example, a child has three years from their 18th birthday to make a claim (and will be represented in the claim by a competent adult known as a litigation friend), regardless of how old they were when they were injured.