Accidents occur every day: at work, on the roads, dangerous footpaths, supermarkets, defective products etc. Sometimes groups of people are affected by the same circumstances. For example, Repetitive Strain Injuries and exposure to dangerous substances, such as asbestos. If you have suffered an injury or loss due to the fault of others, you should seek our advice about bringing a claim for damages.
You should seek advice promptly – there is generally a period of two years from the date of the incident within which legal proceedings must be issued. Even if you believe you may be partly at fault you may be entitled to recover a proportion of the damages relevant to your injury.
Road Traffic Accidents:
Where there is an accident in which there are no obvious injuries the Gardai may not call to the scene as there is a policy by the Gardai to let the drivers sort the matter out themselves. Where there is serious injury, the Gardai will nearly always attend and may caution the drivers and in due course may take statements from the people involved and Court prosecution may result.
You may be entitled to seek compensation for the injuries you received and your ongoing pain and suffering, damage and loss of use of your car, loss of earnings, hospital and medical expenses, travel expenses and other miscellaneous expenses. We will advise you about all of the items which you can claim compensation for.
Compensation for Accidents at Work:
If you have been injured in an accident at work, you may be entitled to claim for compensation. Employees have the right to a safe place and system of work. You may be compensated if you can prove that the accident was the fault of someone else – your employer or a fellow employee. You may be able to claim if you had an accident at work or if you suffered as a result of your employer being in breach of Health and Safety legislation. You can make a claim for the injuries you received, your medical expenses, any loss of earnings which you had and other miscellaneous expenses.
If it is not possible to settle your claim for compensation with the other parties’ Insurance Company an application must be made to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB).
PIAB assesses compensation for victims of Workplace, Motor and Public Liability accidents. It does not assess claims that are the result of medical negligence.
PIAB will only assess a claim if the other party admits responsibility. The other party must consent before the claim can be assessed by PIAB.
PIAB assess claims based on the medical evidence they are provided with and with regard to the level of compensation that is awarded for particular injuries, as set out in the PIAB Book of Quantum.
If either party is dissatisfied with the award, PIAB will issue an authorization to allow you to take your case to Court.
If you believe you may have a personal injury claim or have any queries in relation to the above content, then please do not hesitate to contact us! Our standard fee for making an application to PIAB is €2,000 plus VAT @ 23% and outlay.
*“In Contentious Business a Solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award settlement”