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Can I claim compensation for an injury without a solicitor?

The aftermath of an injury can be difficult and for most people, embarking on a journey to seek compensation adds more unknowns to an already stressful time. If the injury has resulted in medical bills, lost earnings, and emotional distress, it’s natural to want to explore different avenues for compensation. A common question asked is whether it’s possible to make a claim without the assistance of a solicitor. While technically it is possible to claim for an injury on your own, there are several reasons why using a solicitor for your personal injury claim is highly advisable.

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Navigating the complex system of Irish personal injury law can be daunting for someone without legal experience. Solicitors specialise in this area and know how to present your case to get the best possible outcome for you.

In Ireland, virtually all personal injury claims must go before The Injuries Resolutions Board (formerly known as Personal Injuries Assessment Board, or PIAB).

Although an Injuries Board application can be completed without the need for a solicitor, there are some areas of the application that can be difficult to navigate. Not following procedure or making the right moves at the right time could be detrimental to your case and leave you with no grounds for a claim for compensation.

For example, a personal injury solicitor will ensure that the correct parties who are responsible for your accident are identified, and that the case is taken within the time limits. Failure to do this could lead to your case becoming no longer legally enforceable.

A personal injury solicitor will ensure your case is correctly submitted to the Injuries Board and will ensure your claim runs smoothly, and as quickly as possible without any setbacks.

Solicitors evaluate Injury Board assessments and settlement offers
A solicitor can assess whether the amount the Injuries Board has offered is appropriate compensation, or whether it is worth instigating court proceedings. Likewise, if the defending party makes a settlement offer, a solicitor can negotiate on your behalf.

A solicitor knows how to assess the expected value of your claim, taking into account your medical expenses, loss of earnings, pain and suffering.

Guidance in courtIn the event that your case goes to court, having a solicitor by your side will be beneficial to guide you through the process. They understand court procedures and how to effectively present your case to a judge. This can help secure a favourable verdict for you and ensure your rights are protected throughout the legal process.

You focus on your recovery – If you have been injured in an accident, your priority is to recover. Dealing with the aftermath of a personal injury can be stressful. By entrusting your case in the hands of a solicitor, you can alleviate most of the stress that would come from making a claim on your own.