If you have suffered a personal injury in a road traffic accident or an accident at work, of if you have been injured as a result of a slip and fall accident in a public place, your claim will be statute barred if you don’t register your claim with the Injuries Board within two years of the date of your accident. Registering your claim usually is a straightforward enough process but sometimes it can be complex because if you fail to correctly name the appropriate Respondent your compensation claim could be dismissed.
It is important to get legal advice before you start the compensation process. Important evidence may have to be obtained by your Solicitor such as CCTV footage or accident report forms. Your Solicitor should also request preservation of relevant evidence such as machines and / or floor surfaces which might need to be inspected at a later stage for you to prove your claim.
Medical negligence claims and certain kinds of product liability cases don’t need to be registered with the Injuries Board. However if you sustained injuries as a result of a medical device and if that claim was not registered with the Board before court proceedings are issued the claim could be dismissed. It is always better to get an Authorisation from the Board before commencing legal proceedings in these types of cases. Suffering an injury through a defective breast implant will also need an Authorisation from the Board.
The Injuries Board has made 100,000 assessments and has delivered over €2 billion of compensation since it was established in 2004. The average award in 2016 for motor claims was €22,454. In the same year employers liability awards averaged €35,159.
The Injuries Board recently updated its Book of Quantum and this book is extremely helpful for getting some guidance in relation to the amounts of compensation that are awarded for various injury types.
Moloney Solicitors have a proven track record in winning personal injury claims and are happy to provide an initial case assessment without obligation.