The following are some frequently asked questions about personal injury cases:
1) How do I know if I have a case?
If you have suffered an injury as a result of an accident or incident caused, or at least partly caused, by the negligence of another party then you may be entitled to pursue a claim for compensation. If you contact us, we will discuss the best options for your case and if it is worthwhile pursuing your case with a solicitor.
2) Is there a time limit on making a claim?
You have 2 years from the date of the accident to commence proceedings or lodge an application with the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB), except persons under 18 at the time of the accident. Their 2 years does not commence until their eighteenth birthday.
3) Will I need to attend a medical?
Yes. Firstly, it will be necessary to attend your own doctor to prepare a medical report which is then submitted with your application to PIAB. Also, it may be necessary to attend an independent doctor or consultant appointed by PIAB and often the third party’s insurer may wish to have you medically examined.
4) What is PIAB?
The Personal Injuries Assessment Board, is an independent body whose primary function is to assess personal injury claims. All personal injuries claims in Ireland, with the exception of medical negligence claims, must first be submitted to PIAB before court proceedings can issue.
5) How much is my claim worth?
The value of personal injuries claims depends upon:
– Nature and severity of injuries and expected recovery
– the extent of any consequential losses such as medical treatment and rehabilitation costs
– any loss of earnings and other out of pocket expenses
– age, sex, occupation of claimant.
6) Do I have to accept any offer made?
No. It is always open to you to reject any offer of compensation made in your case including the PIAB Assessment or subsequent offer made by the third party’s insurer. Again, we will advise you on making this decision.