Personal Injury Solicitors * Accident Claims Advice
When do I need a Personal Injury Solicitor * ?
Accidents and injuries can occur, unfortunately when we least expect it. If you have been involved in an accident, suffered a personal injury * and the cause of the accident was not your fault, then in this case you may need to contact a personal injury solicitor * for help with the personal injury claims * process. Personal injury * can occur in a number of different ways, whether it be a trip and fall in a public place, an accident at work, car accident or other. Being out of work due to an injury of any kind can affect your quality of life and your monthly household income. This is why it is important to speak with a personal injury solicitor * about the personal injury claims * process and find out if you are entitled to pursue a claim.
What legal remedies can I seek following a personal injury * ?
In a personal injury * case involving an accident where you have suffered an injury, property damage or another kind of loss as the injured party you can seek to claim for those losses. The best way to do so is to speak with a personal injury solicitor about your case. The losses the injured party incurs are called ‘damages’ and generally are broken down into two categories: General Damages and Special Damages:
- General Damages are classed as non-monetary losses, like physical pain and suffering or mental / physiological pain and suffering.
- Special Damages refer to monetary losses / expenses incurred by the injured party as a result of the accident. For example, loss of earnings, loss of future earnings, household expenses, medical care and future medical care.
Types of Personal Injury Claims *
What information do I need to give a personal injury solicitor * to proceed with a claim?
In order for a personal injury * solicitor to advise you on your accident and whether you may be entitled to make a claim and the steps involved you will need to know and provide the following details:
- A detailed description of the accident and how it happened. Include all facts surrounding the accident; even the ones that you may think are not as important. Also remember to include things like how the accident happened, what exactly you were doing at the time, who was involved, who witnessed the accident, etc.
- Account and description of all personal injuries you suffered as a result of the accident
- A list of any expenses you incur as a result of the accident (for example, medical costs, travel costs, homecare costs and calculate any loss of earnings if you were unable to return to work.)
Making Personal Injury Claims * with the help of a Personal Injury Solicitor *
The basis of a personal injury claim * is for the injured party to prove that somebody else was to blame for the accident and subsequent injury they sustained or that somebody did not take reasonable care to prevent the accident from ever happening.
For most personal injury * cases (with the exception of some medical negligence *, assault, and psychological injury cases) the personal injury claims * process starts with an application to the Injuries Board. Following an assessment by the Injuries Board, the case may follow through to court, depending on the situation. Some personal injury * cases do progress through to court while many others settle outside of court – meaning that the party at fault for the accident offers an amount of money as a settlement and that the injured party accepts before reaching the stage of going to court.
The Injuries Board
Most personal injury claims * do not start in court, the claim process starts with the Injuries Board (formerly known as the Personal Injuries Assessment Board – PIAB). The Injuries Board was set up in 2004 by Irish Government and its purpose is to assess claims for compensation for anybody who has been in an accident and suffered a personal injury *.
Nearly all of people who apply to the Injuries Board do so with the help of a personal injury solicitor * to ensure that the process runs as smoothly as possible and that they get the maximum compensation they are entitled to.
The first step in the Injuries Board claims process is for the injured party’s solicitor to fill out an application form online to submit their claim, with this, a medical report is required along with any proof of special damages, such as medical expenses, travel expenses and proof of any loss of earnings.
The Injuries Board will then contact the person that has been named as the party at fault and request approval for the claim to be assessed by the Injuries Board. In cases where the party at fault for the accident agrees then the assessment by the Injuries Board will proceed and they will make an assessment of your case and suggest an amount of compensation, you may be awarded. If both agree to the * amount suggested then the Injuries Board will issue an order to the party at fault to pay the injured party the agreed amount of compensation.
In cases where the party at fault for the accident do not agree with an assessment or does not pay the amount agreed, then the Injuries Board will issue the injured party with an authorisation to bring the person at fault for the accident to court.
It is important to remember that in the Republic of Ireland there are strict legal time limits on when you can make a personal injury claim *, this period is 2 years from the date of the accident.
A personal injury claim * is best done with the help of a specialist personal injury solicitor *, like Tracey Solicitors. Contact us today and tell us about your case to find out more about how we can make the process of making your personal injury claim * as easy to understand as possible for you.
As your personal injury solicitor, Tracey Solicitors can:
- Help you in assessing whether you are eligible for making a personal injury claim *
- Talk you through any costs of making a claim *, and,
- Ensure that we use as little legal jargon as possible so that you fully understand your position at every stage of your claim