Have you been injured in a road traffic accident abroad? Are you resident in Ireland?
If the answer to both of these questions is yes, then you may be able to issue legal proceedings in Ireland in order to recover compensation for your injuries.
It is important to note that under Rome II Regulation (Reg. EC No 864/2007) the statute of limitations to be applied may be the limitation period for the member state where the accident occurs.
In Ireland, the statute of limitations is two years minus one day so if for example a road traffic accident happened on the 8th August 2016, proceedings would have to be issued by the 7th August 2018.
For this reason, the Injuries Board generally do not assess personal injury cases abroad and instead issue Authorisations as they do not have the power to stop the statute outside of Ireland. For this reason, you should ensure that you instruct a solicitor in Ireland as soon as possible after the accident.
It is also important to note that the level of damages recovered for personal injury may be limited to the damages that you would recover if you issued proceedings in the member state where the accident occurred.
**In contentious business a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.