Having the best Dublin Personal Injury solicitors fighting in your corner can be the difference between winning and losing a case.
In this blog post, I will answer some common FAQ's when it comes to personal injury claims in Ireland.
I will also show you how a Dublin Personal Injury solicitor will proceed with your case in order to achieve a succesful outcome.
First, lets start at the beginning.
Lets take a look at some of the basics.
*Look for and Reviews Recommendations. The best personal injury solicitors often come recommended from other people, such as family, friends, and online recommendations.
*Always seek accreditations and ensure that your injury lawyer is a specialist.
*Ask for evidence of Expertise and skills.
*Ensure that you have clarity of terms of service. This will ensure that you won’t have any nasty surprises.
*Scrutinise payment terms.
Once you are happy, now it’s time to start your claim.
In Ireland, the unsuccessful party in a personal injury court case will have to pay for the claim. What this means is that if the other side loses the case that they have to pay for most of the costs, including legal fees and compensation.
However, some costs will be routinely covered by the winning side, including some legal fees and other associated fees. It’s important to note that the vast majority of personal injury claims won’t reach the court case stage and will be settled out of the court.
The vast majority of claims will start with an assessment by the Injuries Board. You should apply to the injuries board with the help of a Dublin personal injury solicitor.
A Dublin personal injury solicitor will ensure that all documentation and all the legal dots and t’s are crossed. This will all help ensure that your claim goes as smoothly as possible. Once all the medical reports, evidence and documentation has been delivered, your Dublin personal injury solicitor will apply to the Injuries board for compensation.
The process of making a personal injury claim in Ireland?
In order to start the process, you should follow some of these procedures.
Record the details of the accident
Record details of any injuries sustained (include any evidence)
Record details of any expenses (medical bills)
Produce details of any previous medical conditions or injuries suffered
Details of the person who is allegedly at fault
A vital piece of information is the medical report. Dublin personal injury solicitors will ask for a medical report from the hospital or your medical team so they can assess the extent of the damages suffered. This medical report will then progress your case.
Once your Dublin personal injury solicitor has gathered, all the information that they require, they will then apply to the Injuries Board. Once this application is successfully submitted, the injuries board will notify the person who is at fault in relation to the pending claim.
Unlike in some jurisdictions in Ireland, solicitors cannot take a percentage of whatever compensation is awarded to a claimant. They must calculate any fees based on the work carried out for the client during the case.
Your personal injury case will usually be required to be brought through the (PIAB) Personal Injuries Board. If you don’t receive a satisfactory outcome to your case, your case will then go the courts.
If the case goes to the courts, there will usually be more costs associated with your case.
In direct settlements, where the average compensation was €13,427, the average legal costs amounted to €1,397. In contrast to PIAB settlements, the average compensation was €23,137 and legal costs averaged in at €716.
It’s very important to note that solicitors cannot charge fees which are based on the percentage of whatever award has been given.
The timeframe for resolving a personal injury claim in Ireland can vary. For example, if someone has suffered a very serious injury, it can take up to 3 years to resolve the case. In contrast to this, a birth injury can take up to 5 years for the case to resolve.
Once a claim is assessed by the PIAB, a personal injury claim in Ireland will usually take around 7-9 months. During this period, the PIAB will asses a case and come back with a recommendation on how much compensation a claimant is entitled to. Once these recommendations have been received, the parties involved have 28 days in which they can accept or reject the amount that has been awarded.
There is no form legal requirement that compels you to have a solicitor to handle your personal injury claim. Legally, you are entitled to act for yourself. However, acting for yourself can be a very perilous business and can cause inadequate compensation being paid out. Are you comfortable wading through dense legal paperwork? What if you filled out some of the paperwork incorrectly and you found yourself liable for a claim?
Usually, you should never accept the first offer of compensation from an insurance company. As the old saying goes, beware of strangers bearing gifts! The job of an insurance company is to minimize the payment and your job is to maximise, so when an insurance company comes in with a first offer, the chances are the offer will be a lowball offer you should reject.
Insurance companies have been known to make unsolicited phonecalls to claimants offering them compensation in which they have only a certain number of days to accept. It is vitally important that you never accept such an offer before speaking to a Dublin personal injuries solicitor.
In certain cases, insurers can process the compensation payout within a few days. But as a general rule of thumb, in the vast majority of cases, it will take from two to four weeks before you receive your compensation.
In Ireland, you can file a claim for an accident for up to two years from the date of the accident.
The standard time limit for making a personal injury claim is usually 2 years. This means you have 2 years from the date of the accident to issue your claim at court. Its important to emphasize that the time limit applies from the date of the accident when you got injured.
However, whilst you have 2 years to make a claim, it is vitally important that you make a claim as soon as possible because this will help ensure that your claim is successful. There are some exceptions to this rule, such as when the injured party was under 18 when the injury occurred or if there and a medical condition that prevented the injured party making a claim.
The price for a solicitor’s letter can vary depending on how much research and groundwork is needed in the preparation of the letter. For a basic type initial letter of demand, most solicitors with charge anywhere from between €75-€100. Obviously, sending more letter will incur further fees and
The average payout for whiplash claims in Ireland is between 11k and 18k. These figures are based on a healing time of 2 years. If the injuries sustained are expected to last into the future, the range of compensation can average from between 15k and 79k. Obviously, these figures are just a general rule of thumb and if you have any concerns in relation to a whiplash injury claim or how much you can expect from a claim, you should contact a Dublin personal injuries solicitor. Check out the personal injury claims calculator.
After you accept the final offer of settlement for a personal injury claim, it will usually take between 14-28 days from the date of settlement before you receive your compensation.
According to official figures, the average premium increases 30pc as insurers impose higher premiums on motorists to make up for losses they are making. However, with the new personal injuries guidelines that where introduced, it is expected that insurance payouts will decrease and will cause far lower insurances increases after accidents.
This is a very loaded question because solicitor’s fees can differ depending on the complexity of the work and how much time is involved. For the most part, Irish solicitors charge on an hourly basis. For example, for medium sized Dublin law firm solicitors can charge up to €400 per hour. An associate solicitor usually charges around €300 per hour.
With Personal injury claims in Ireland, the PIAB will usually take from 7 to 9 months to assess your case and then come back with a recommendation for compensation. When both parties receive the proposed compensation figure, they then have 28 days in which they can decide whether to accept or reject the proposed amount.
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