Working with the Injuries Board
The majority of personal injury claims* are required by law to be submitted to the Injuries Board.
- road traffic accidents,
- accidents at work
- and accidents in public places.
There are a number of case types which the injuries board will not deal with, these include:
- medical negligence* and clinical negligence* cases,
- assault cases
- and cases where the injuries are wholly psychological.
In other circumstances the Injuries Board may decline to deal with a case where there are complexities arising from pre-existing medical conditions.
There are strict time limits for making a personal injury claim*. In Ireland this period is 2 years from the date of accident. This is known as the statute of limitation. Failure to act within this time period may involve a loss of any potential right to compensation!
In addition Section 8 of the Civil Liability and Courts Act 2004 states that a letter before action/letter of claim must be written to respondent within a period of two months of the cause of action or as soon as practicable.
Personal Injuries Board Authorisation.
The Injuries Board may issue an authorisation permitting an injured person to issue court proceedings if:
- the person causing the injury refuses to consent to the Injuries Board assessing a case or in certain circumstances where the Injuries Board are of the view that they will not be able to assess an injured persons injuries within the time frame permitted under statute.
If you have filed an application and have received an authorisation from the Injuries Board permitting you to issue court proceedings, you should contact a solicitor to issue proceedings on your behalf to ensure your personal injury* case does not become time barred.