If you have been involved in an accident where you have sustained injuries through somebody else´s negligence, you are entitled to claim personal injury damages. Your injuries could have been sustained in any number of circumstances, such as:-
- A road traffic accident where another driver failed to stop at a “Give Way” sign
- In a restaurant, should you slip over a wet surface left by a faulty ice-making machine
- At work, where you might sustain an injury through inadequate training on a mechanical device
In all these instances, you can claim personal injury damages if you have indeed sustained an injury and it can be proven that somebody else was at fault.
Your first consideration, however, should be to visit your local accident and emergency department or family doctor. Even when you feel that your injuries are minor, it is always best to have a precautionary examination, as no amount of compensation will make amends for a long term health issue which could have been prevented by timely medical treatment. Furthermore, your attendance at a medical centre will be recorded on your medical notes, and these are required to support your claim for personal injury damages.
Making a Claim for Personal Injury Damages
Claims for personal injury damages are made against the negligent party – usually through their insurance company – and by means of an application to the Injuries Board Ireland. You are able to claim personal and psychological personal injury damages, expenses incurred in getting adequate treatment and damages for any loss of earnings you have experienced. However, the application process is not always straightforward and if you are still in pain or disorientated after sustaining your injury, it is beneficial to you to use the services of a specialised personal injury claims solicitor.
It is not only in completing the application form for personal injury damages that a solicitor can be of benefit. Should the negligent party deny responsibility for your injuries, the claim for personal injury damages involve a child or the Injuries Board Ireland’s assessment of your claim be inadequate, you will require a solicitor to help ensure that your claim for personal injury damages is successful. Furthermore, if you are approached by the negligent party’s insurance company with an offer of early settlement, you need to know that the amount of personal injury damages being offered is fair.
There are a huge number of instances in which the assistance of a solicitor can be beneficial to you when making a claim for personal injury damages and, as everybody’s individual circumstances are different, we have opened up a free advice telephone service which you are invited to call and discuss your own claim for personal injury damages with a solicitor. The number to call is 1800 989 995, and lines are open seven days a week between 8.00am and 10.00pm. All calls to this number are treated with the utmost confidentiality and you are under no obligation to proceed with a claim once you have spoken with us.
Our Promise to You:
- 100% Free, impartial and practical advice
- 100% Helpful and accurate information
- 100% Courteous and confidential service
- 100% No pressure to proceed with a claim
What You Can Expect When You Call
When you call our free advice telephone service, we will ask you to tell us the circumstances surrounding your injuries – how they were acquired, what treatment you received and what the impact to your quality of life and potential earnings has been.
We will make a preliminary assessment of your claim for personal injury damages and advise you whether you have a claim which is worth your while to pursue. If so, we will be able to advise you how long the process should take and any pitfalls that have to be overcome on the way.
Should you have any questions, you are welcome to bring them up at any time during our conversation and we can also straighten out any areas where you may have received conflicting advice from well-meaning family and friends.
We usually conclude each of our initial conversations with a list of options available to you based on your personal circumstances. You are under no obligation to act on any of our suggestions, and frequently clients prefer a day or two to absorb our advice before deciding on whether to proceed with a claim for personal injury damages.
We would advise you however, not to leave it too long before making your initial call to us. Many claims for personal injury damages are time limited, and you could be disqualified from making a claim if the time limit is exceeded.
Therefore, please call us on 1800 989 995. If it is inconvenient for you to call us right away, kindly leave your contact details in the call-back box below and one of our friendly team will be back in touch at a more suitable time.