Personal Injury Litigation – Dublin
If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to make a Personal Injury Claim.
It is vital to work with a Solicitor with expertise in Personal Injury cases to give you the best chance of making a successful claim and being awarded a sufficient amount of compensation.
Cantillons Solicitors has represented clients who have achieved some of the highest awards for personal injuries caused by third parties since 1980.
Our experienced team of Personal Injury Solicitors at Cantillons Solicitors can help you throughout the process.
What is a Personal Injury Claim?
A Personal Injury Claim is a compensation claim for an injury, loss or damage suffered by a person at the fault of another person. Personal Injury Claims often arise from:
- A road traffic accident, including claims made by pedestrians or cyclists.
- A workplace injury.
- An accident which occurred in a public place or on private premises.
In a Personal Injuries Claim, the injured claimant seeks compensation for the injuries suffered, as well as any medical costs, or other expenses, that have been, or will be, incurred. This includes any loss of income. A compensation claim will also include any future costs that will be required, such as alterations to your home, or care costs if you are unable to look after yourself.
Who Can Make a Personal Injury Claim?
If you have had an accident or been injured, and you believe that another person or organisation was at fault, you may be able to make a Personal Injury Claim.
Personal Injury cases can be complex and your Personal Injury Solicitors will help you to gather all of the evidence required and discuss your unique situation.
Working with experienced Personal Injury Solicitors, such as Cantillons Solicitors, makes it much more likely that your claim will be successful.
What are the time limits for a Personal Injury Claim?
Personal Injuries Claims must be made within strict time limits, usually within 2 years of the injury occurring. Sometimes, the time limits may be shorter or longer.
If you have suffered an injury that was not your fault, you should contact our Dublin Personal Injury Solicitors as soon as possible to ensure that you do not run out of time to make your claim.
What is the Injuries Board / Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB)?
The Injuries Board / Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) is the independent statutory body that is responsible for dealing with Personal Injury Claims in Ireland.
Any Personal Injury Claims in Ireland must be submitted to the PIAB, with the exception of those cases that involve Medical Negligence.
How do I make a Personal Injury Claim in Ireland?
If you think that you may be eligible to make a claim for personal injury compensation, you should speak to an experienced Personal Injury Solicitor.
Here at Cantillons Solicitors, our Personal Injury Team will help you to gather all the evidence and documentation you will need, including your medical records and reports, and we will submit your PIAB application form.
The application will then be acknowledged by PIAB, and we will continue to assist you throughout the process. For example, if additional information is required, we will help you to understand what is needed and to obtain and submit it. PIAB will notify any other parties involved with your claim and will issue them with a copy of your application form and the medical report. Once registered with PIAB, the 2-year time limit period is paused, to enable your claim to be assessed.
To assess claims, PIAB considers your medical reports. They may request that you visit their Doctors/Experts to obtain a second opinion on the extent of your injuries.
Are all Personal Injury Claims assessed?
It is also possible that the party you are claiming against may object to PIAB assessing a claim. If this happens, the compensation claim will not be assessed by PIAB and you will be allowed to proceed with your claim through the Courts.
Further, if the prognosis for your injuries is uncertain PIAB may decline to assess it.
How much compensation will I get for my Personal Injury Claim?
If your claim is successful and you are awarded compensation, the Personal Injuries Assessment Board will calculate the amount of compensation by referring to the Personal Injuries Guidelines. The Guidelines replace the Book of Quantum
PIAB will consult the Personal Injuries Guidelines when considering the amount of compensation to be awarded for the suffering that has arisen from your physical and psychological injuries. For example, the Personal Injuries Guidelines provide for the following amounts of compensation for “Moderate Back Injuries”:
PIAB will also take into account other factors, including medical costs (past and future), expenses and loss of earnings (past and future).
If your claim is successful, you will receive an offer of compensation, which will be payable by the party at fault. If both parties agree to accept the offer, an Order to Pay will issue.
If either party rejects the offer, then an Authorisation will be issued and the next step is to start the Court process.
Some injuries are more straightforward than others in terms of calculating compensation, and your Solicitor will work out with you whether the settlement you have been offered is adequate, or whether the future impact of the injury on your life may have been underestimated. Your Solicitor will consider the Personal Injuries Guidelines and may be able to estimate what a Court is likely to award you for your injuries, based on their experience.
How much are the legal costs for Personal Injury Claims?
Many people are put off making a Personal Injury Claim because they are worried about the costs that may be incurred. It is very important that you discuss legal costs with your Personal Injuries Solicitor.
You may see offers including a “no win no fee Personal Injury Claim”, but it is important to be aware that this can be misleading and could cost you more in the end.
How do I make a Personal Injury Claim?
When you make a Personal Injury Claim, you will need to supply detailed information about your case to your Personal Injury Solicitor. This information will include:
- Your personal details, including full name, address, occupation, date of birth and PPS number.
- Full details of the accident.
- Any photographs that were taken at the time.
- Details of any witnesses.
- Details or description of the person or organisation that you believe to be at fault.
- Details of your injuries and details of any existing medical conditions or previous injuries.
- Any expenses that you have incurred as a result of the accident.
It can be difficult to obtain information such as your medical records, but your Personal Injury Solicitor will help you to do this and will work with you to compile your Personal Injury case.
Personal Injury Solicitor Dublin
Contact Cantillons Solicitors
Cantillons Solicitors are Personal Injury Solicitors in Dublin. We tailor our services to suit each unique client.
We are committed to getting the very best possible outcomes in every case, and we will be happy to work with you to resolve Personal Injury Claims.
Cantillons Solicitors, Ormond Building, 31-36 Ormond Quay Upper Dublin 7. D07 EE37
Dublin Office Phone Number: 01 264 1802
* 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 Dublin”. 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.