Personal Injury Claims
Expert legal representation will assist you in two key ways:
- Assessment of liability. Ensure that you are not erroneously forced to accept liability that is not yours. Also ensure that others, including insurance companies, do not disown their rightful obligations.
- Assessment of compensation: Ensure that your injuries and expenses are properly assessed and compensated.
Whilst both these items may seem straightforward, there are other parties who will dispute your and their level of responsibility.
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Personal Injury Claim Categories
These are just some of the Personal Injury Claims Doherty Solicitors deal with.Select the claim details most suitable to your potential claim
Frequently Asked Questions
Most frequent questions and answers about Personal Injury Claims with Doherty Solicitors
- Contact Doherty Solicitors
- Avail of a consultation
- Complete Injuries Board application form with Doherty Solicitors
- The Injuries Board application form together with a medical report and €45.00 to be sent to Injuries Board
- Injuries Board assesses or put a value on your claim within 9 months approximately subject to the agreement with the Defendant
- We will advise you in relation to the assessment.
- If not accepted, then we will commence the Court process or seek a settlement
Firstly we will discuss the merits of your case. If you proceed then, the Injury Board fee is €45.00. You will have to submit a medical report from your treating doctor/specialist which is usually around €300.
We will discuss our fee with you depending on the type of case.
Personal Injuries Assessment board (PIAB) is Ireland’s independent state body which assesses personal injury compensation.
If you have suffered an injury and think you have a valid case you can submit a claim to PIAB.
PIAB assesses compensation in respect of personal injuries suffered by people in motor accidents, work place accidents and public liability accidents.
All personal injury claims must come through PIAB, unless settled early between claimants and insurers/respondents.
PIAB made 12,663 awards in 2017, with the total value of awards made in 2017 was €315.04m.
The highest personal injury award in 2017 was €605,095.
Some of the areas that are covered under Personal Injury Claims are as follows: Road Traffic Accident, Defective Products, Slip and Fall accidents, Work related injuries, Defective footpaths, Repetitive Strain Injuries, Injuries suffered as a result of an assault, Accidents while on holiday at home or abroad.
In 2017, 51% (6,428) of awards were of values up to €20,000. Meanwhile 33% (4,519) of awards related to values of between €20,000 and €38,000 and 13% (1,611) of awards were for values between €38,000 and €100,000.
Less than 1% of awards (105) were for sums over €100,000.
The average award value increased slightly from €24,305 in 2016 to €24,879 in 2017, reflecting the nature and severity of the cases assessed during the year.
Breakdown of Personal Injury Awards
The proportional breakdown of awards remained relatively steady year on year.
Motor liability awards accounted for 72% of awards in 2017 (2016: 74%).
Employer liability (workplace accidents) as a proportion of awards rose slightly to 10% of awards (2016: 9%) while public liability (accidents in public places) increased slightly as a proportion of awards to 18% of awards (17%: 2016).
The counties in Ireland with the highest number of awards were Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway and the counties
*Details from https://www.piab.ie/eng/news-publications/news/Personal-Injuries-Assessment-Board-Statistics-2017.pdf
Every year in Ireland, many people are injured through no fault of their own. If you are unfortunate enough to join them, expert representation will assist you in two key ways:
- Assessment of liability.
- Ensure that you are not erroneously forced to accept liability that is not yours and ensure that others, including insurance companies, do not disown their rightful obligations.
- Assessment of compensation
- Ensure that your injuries and expenses are properly assessed and compensated.
Know your legal rights – do not settle before you get legal counsel.
In most cases you have 2 years from the date of the accident or the date of knowledge of an injury to make a claim.
There are exceptions, for example
- Injury to a minor i.e. child under 18 years of age
- Misdiagnosis of an illness
The Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland was established in 1955 by an Agreement between the Government and the companies underwriting motor insurance in Ireland for the purpose of compensating victims of road traffic accidents caused by uninsured and unidentified vehicles.
Their principal role is to compensate victims of road traffic accidents caused by uninsured and unidentified vehicles. This Agreement sets out the rights given to persons who sustain loss and/or injuries in a road traffic accident caused by an uninsured or untraced motorist.
MIBI operates the Motor Insurance Information Centre of Ireland (MIICI). MIICI assists victims who have sustained damage and/or injuries in an accident by providing information on the insurer, and where applicable the Claims Representative, of the alleged offending vehicle.
Most medical treatment in Ireland is of a high quality, and most professionals working in the medical industry are dedicated to providing the public with the best possible care.
Nevertheless, mistakes do happen in this profession just like any other. All medical professionals owe a duty to ensure that their patients receive the proper treatment in the safest possible and most efficient manner. This duty applies not only to doctors but to all healthcare professionals.
If you have been injured due to a medical professional’s mistake or neglect (sometimes this is referred to as “clinical negligence”), contact Doherty Solicitors for expert advice.
Some common forms of clinical negligence for which you may be entitled to compensation include:
- Undiagnosed or misdiagnosed injury or illness
- Administration of the wrong medication or the wrong dosage
- Mistakes made during surgery
- Mistakes made during childbirth
- Defective medical products such as drugs and implants
Victims of clinical negligence may be entitled to compensation not only for the injury itself, but also for ongoing pain and suffering and for financial expenses such as corrective medical treatment, rehabilitative services, pain, distress or loss of faculty, loss of earnings, loss of future earning capacity and support for dependents such as minors.
Establishing clinical negligence can indeed be a lengthy and complicated process, requiring a lot of sophisticated knowledge of medical procedures and terminology, fact investigation, and reports from experts in the field often from abroad.
Therefore, it is important to contact a solicitor as soon as possible if you think you have been injured by a medical professional as you have a certain time limit to raise a claim.
Road Traffic Accidents
Car accidents and crashes, also called RTA’s (Road Traffic Accidents) can be devastating. If you are ever injured in a road accident, it is important to find out whether you can claim for your injuries. This information can save you critical time and money following an accident.
Every driver in Ireland is legally obligated to carry third party car insurance. Therefore, if a driver causes injury to another party — even the driver’s own passengers the driver’s insurance may be responsible for paying compensation for those injuries.
In instances where you have been injured by a driver who does not carry third-party insurance (or who cannot be located after the accident), you may be able to claim compensation from the Motor Insurer’s Bureau of Ireland (MIBI).
Some injuries that result from road accidents do not appear immediately, but only after several hours or days and sometimes weeks. Therefore, it is always crucial to telephone the Gardaí and file a report immediately following an accident regardless of being injured or not.
Due to the Statute of Limitations accident victims have two years to file a compensation claim, so it is important to file as quickly as possible and to consult a solicitor.
What you should do following a Car Accident
If you think you have a case for a claim after an accident, these steps can help you to obtain the best possible outcome:
- Following the car accident request the other driver’s information to include name, address, vehicle registration number, and insurance information, which can be found on the disc on a vehicle’s windshield.
- Offer your information to the other driver.
- Telephone the Gardaí immediately. If for some reason they will not attend the scene of the accident, report to the nearest Garda Station and request that they take the details of the accident.
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible if you think you have been injured.
Insurance information is crucial in filing your claim. A Garda report may also be important if the other party turns out to be uninsured or denies the accident even occurred. Keeping records from the medical care you have received, whenever you seek it, will help to establish what injuries are present as a result of the accident if necessary during the claim process.
You should not leave the scene of the accident until you have exchanged all information with the other driver and/or the Gardaí have told you that you may leave.
Do not assume that you cannot claim because the other driver does not carry insurance, or because you do not think you have been injured as it may be that any injury has not yet shown its extent, due to the shock of the accident itself. The victims of these types accidents could, in some cases be denied a valid claim because they did not take the adequate steps following the accident in order to achieve the best possible outcome.
Accidents at work are very common in Ireland on a day to day basis even with the aid of the Health & Safety Authority being implemented to reduce the number of Injuries sustained at work annually. Workplaces involving construction or heavy machinery do hold a higher risk of workplace injury but very serious accidents do occur however in offices and retail units also. A variety of injuries and accidents can happen in the workplace such as industrial accidents, slip and fall at work, injuries due to lifting or bending, asbestos exposure etc.
The Law states that employers owe a duty of care to take reasonable steps to protect the health and safety of their employees. This is to include the provision of proper training and supervision, a safe working environment, maintained and adequate machinery and equipment fit for purpose, and also co-workers with sufficient ability to carry out their job.
Accidents at Work
Many Irish employers are insured to cover accidents. This means that if you are injured whilst in employment, your employer’s insurance may cover the costs of your injuries. In such instance, there is a worry/fear by the employee that they will lose their job or suffer other consequences should they take a claim against their employer. In these situations, the employee must bear in mind that employers are legally responsible for providing a safe work environment. An employee should not let their employer intimidate them or try to talk to them out of pursuing a valid claim
Injured workers may be entitled to claim not only for the injury itself, but also for ongoing pain and suffering, lost wages, and financial expenses such as the following:
- Medical treatment;
- Medical devices and equipment;
- Rehabilitation services;
- Prescription drugs;
- Accommodation and transportation adaptations;
- Travel expenses;
You may not be entitled to recover loss if your injury was caused by some fault of your own, but it is worth gathering all the facts before concluding that you were at fault. By consulting with a personal injury solicitor, it will help you to make decisions about any fault and where it might lie.
Trip and fall injuries can most certainly happen almost anywhere ranging from private homes to supermarkets to public pavements. In many instances, a slip, trip and fall is a normal and unfortunate part of life. More often than not trips and falls are as a result of a hazardous condition happening on someone else’s property in such instances the owner of the said property where the accident took place may be responsible for your injuries.
It is important when one falls or slips in someone else’s property that you:
- request that the property owner or an employee (if in a place of business) to document the accident
- obtain a copy of their documentation
- The injured party should take a picture of the flooring or area which is hazardous if possible.
- Most importantly one should seek medical attention as soon as possible if they think they have been injured.
- Lastly, after all of the above seek advice from a solicitor.
This very much depends on the injury. Minor injury cases very often finalize within 12 months. More serious injury cases can take longer depending on the recovery of the injury.
- Pain and suffering
- Out of pocket expenses
- Loss of earnings
- Future loss of earnings
- Future pain and suffering
- Loss of pension