Francis Hanna & Co successful in Historical Abuse claim against Church
At Francis Hanna & Co, we have specialist solicitors dedicated to helping victims of child abuse pursue claims for compensation where the abuse has taken place in schools, care homes, the church or similar institutions.
Blind woman wins landmark NI Court challenge over kerb height
A recent ruling before NI’s High Court highlights how the legal actions of an individual can help both effect change and highlight the need for equality in our society.
Police Officers bring Civil Claims against Robbery Victim
A man who had his car stolen after being held at knife point in his home has told the BBC that he feels he has been re-victimised by three personal injury claims made by police officers following the incident.
APIL encourage motorists to back off this winter
Needless injuries and deaths on NI roads could be reduced this winter if motorists keep their bad habits in check, say campaigners.
How case of Mohamud v Morrison Supermarkets changed face of vicarious liability for employers
Vicarious liability is a legal term used in cases where a claimant wishes to make a claim against someone who has a responsibility for the acts of another. As Lord Toulson in his Judgement in the above case put it:
Johnson & Johnson hit with $72m damages in talc cancer case
Johnson & Johnson, the well known manufacturers of Baby Powder and many other personal hygiene products have been ordered to pay $72m (£51m) to the family of a woman who claimed her death was linked to use of the company's Baby Powder talc.
Hitting the slopes this ski season - ensure you are insured
Winter is well and truly still with us but more and more people are embracing winter sports and ski season is in full swing at this time of year.
Abolition of legal aid dangerous
“Dangerous” approach to replacing legal aid will create uncertainty for injured people. A workable alternative for funding money damages claims must be in place before legal aid is scrapped, lawyers have warned.
Statutory bereavement damages now increased
Today, the Northern Ireland Department of Justice has announced that bereavement damages available in Northern Ireland are to be increased from £11,800 to £14,400.
claiming compensation for your child
While none of us like to think about any harm coming to our little ones, accidents do happen and our children may be injured as a result. Such injuries may cause pain, distress, absence from school and even an inability to carry out hobbies and past-times. If your child is unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident through no fault of their own, it is important to know that it may be possible to claim compensation on their behalf.
what price for a life in northern ireland
One of our solicitors, Martin Hanna, was on Good Morning Ulster this morning explaining how damages for bereavement in Northern Ireland is lower than that of the rest of the UK.
bereaved NI families lose out in compensation 'lottery'
Compensation for families whose loved ones have been needlessly killed in Northern Ireland is ‘wretchedly inadequate’, say lawyers as they urge for the level of payment to be increased.
Sleeve caught in machine at work
Jennifer Young acted for a client who during the course of his employment sustained a nasty de-gloving injury to his arm when his sleeve got caught in the machine on which he was working.
Compensation for contact dermatitis
Contact dermatitis is inflammation of the skin that occurs when you come into contact with a particular substance. Exposure to irritant substances can occur in the workplace. The most common types of irritants to cause dermatitis are acids solvents and other chemicals.
Exam Results Next Step Tenancy Agreements
Received A-Level results or are the parent of someone who has? After a place in university has been accepted, the next step is often to secure private rented accommodation.
Doctor in ambulance crash receives 6 figure compensation
Dr Cathy Armstrong, Consultant Anaesthetist was treating a critically ill patient when the ambulance she was travelling in collided with a truck. She sustained serious personal injuries meaning she is no longer able to pursue her career and was awarded in excess of £1 million in damages plus legal fees.
call for extension to mesothelioma scheme
The impact of asbestos on a worker’s health usually does not come to light until many years after exposure, at which time the employer’s insurance details have sometimes been lost or destroyed, making it impossible for victims to pursue compensation.
Teachers Exposed to Asbestos in the Classroom
There have been recent reports in the local media about teachers who were exposed to asbestos whilst at work and have now developed an asbestos related condition such as pleural plaques, asbestosis and malignant mesothelioma. Only this week there was asbestos discovered at St Joseph’s Primary School on the Greystone Road in County Antrim which necessitated the relocation of pupils to alternative accommodation for the remainder of the school term.
deceased pleural plaques appeal judgement upholds 10k award
The Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland has brought clarity to the value of pleural plaques cases in Northern Ireland.
DIY, asbestos and you
As the bank holiday weekend approaches many of us will be considering carrying out DIY around the home. However, homeowners must be vigilant in being able to identify any sources of asbestos and, if discovered, to call in specialist contractors to remove this in a safe manner.