Case Study – £12,500 compensation for child involved in a tripping accident

HHD solicitor: Katrina Lagan, Solicitor, specialising in personal injury claims

Settlement: £12,500

What happened: 10 year old schoolboy tripped on an open drain owned by NI Water in August 2015, sustaining a fracture to his left foot as well as injuries to his right knee, hands, left leg, shock and upset.

How HHD solicitors helped: We were able to pursue a claim against NI Water for negligence and an inadequate inspection system. A necessary element for any successful claim for personal injury compensation is establishing fault, either through negligence or breach of statutory duty and it is for the Defendant to prove that they took all reasonable steps to comply with their duty of care. This matter settled out of court and our client was awarded £12,500 for the injuries he solicitors in Belfast

As our client is a minor, his settlement award is invested in the Court Funds Office until he reaches the age of 18.

Our client was delighted to receive the compensation due. If you have had a tripping accident in a public place which has caused you an injury you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim for compensation.  To find out more about how our specialist personal injury lawyers could help you, please email on