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Do Car Accident Claims Go To Court?

Posted in [Blog Personal Injury Litigation ] on Thursday, October 6th, 2022

It is possible, but not inevitable, that Car Accident Claims in Ireland will end up being heard before a Judge in Court.

Car Accident Claims are dealt with, in the first instance, by the Personal Injury Assessment Board (PIAB). PIAB, sometimes referred to as the Injuries Board, was set up to keep claims like those that arise from car accidents out of Court and the costs low.

If your claim for compensation is accepted into the PIAB process, an assessment will be made, having considered various medical reports etc. You will receive an offer of compensation, which (if you accept the award), will be paid to you by the party at fault in your case. You will have 28 days to decide whether to accept this offer. The party at fault has 21 days to accept or reject the offer.

If both parties accept the assessment, then you should receive your compensation payment, and your case will be considered resolved.

If either party rejects the offer, the next step, should you wish to do so, is to bring Court proceedings, where a Judge will decide the outcome of your case.

When Court proceedings are brought in relation to a car accident claim, it is not definite that the case will actually have to be heard in Court, before a Judge. Cases often settle out of court prior to the trial.

Speak To Cantillons Solicitors, Experienced Car Accident Claims Solicitors

At Cantillons Solicitors, our Cork based Car Accident Solicitors team have acted on behalf of many car accident claimants who have suffered whiplash injuries, and other injuries, as a result of car accidents. The compensation payouts we have achieved in such cases have ranged from thousands of euros to multi-million euro compensation awards.

We pride ourselves on our extensive experience. We have an approachable team of Personal Injuries Solicitors. We understand the stress that comes with suffering an injury in an accident, and we aim to take that stress from you, so you can focus on recovery.

If you are looking to speak to a Car Accident Claims Solicitor about making a Car Accident Claim, please contact Cantillon Solicitors using the contact form below, call us on +353 (0)21 4275673 or email us at  for more information.

Cantillons Solicitors represent clients from all over Ireland. While our office is based in Cork, given the amount of work we do all over the Country, we also have meeting facilities in Dublin and Limerick. We also offer consultations via telephone or Zoom so as to avoid the stress of travelling where necessary.


* In contentious business, a Solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement. Many Personal Injury Solicitors portray themselves as “no win no fee Solicitors Cork”. This term can be misleading and it is essential that you discuss fees with the Personal Injury Solicitor you ultimately choose. At Cantillons Solicitors, we are entirely transparent.

Jody Cantillon



Jody is a Partner in our Litigation Department.

Having graduated from University College Cork in 2009, Jody completed his apprenticeship with a top litigation defence firm in Cork City and qualified as a Solicitor in 2014.

Prior to joining Cantillons Solicitors in 2016, Jody worked for a leading Dublin firm, specialising in the area of commercial litigation and dispute resolution. There he gained valuable experience in defending and prosecuting high end, large scale commercial disputes before the Commercial Court.






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We have Solicitors based in various locations, including Cork, Limerick and Dublin. We can arrange a meeting at a location that is suitable to you.

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