The vast majority of personal injury cases in Ireland, with the exception of cases involving medical negligence, are brought before the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB).
It is common practice to seek the help of a personal injuries solicitor ahead of your application to the Injuries Board.
A good personal injury solicitor will know how to construct a solid claim and ensure the process goes smoothly.
You can submit an application to the PIAB directly yourself if you so wish, but it can be complex if you lack experience in legal procedures.
If the negligent party does not want the claim to be submitted to the PIAB, you can also take your case to court.
Usually, the PIAB will assess your claim within nine months of your application being submitted, and they will decide on an appropriate amount for compensation.
If you are satisfied with the figure decided upon by the PIAB, you can accept the compensation and the negligent party will be ordered to pay.
A personal injuries solicitor can help you decide on whether the PIAB’s decision represents fair compensation, and if you choose not to accept their ruling, you can proceed with a legal case.