Personal Injury Claim Solicitors
Our Personal Injury Claim Solicitors are experienced in dealing with all types of personal injury cases, and we have helped thousands of people receive compensation for their injuries and illnesses.
Our personal injury team
We have wide-ranging experience in dealing with Medical, Work, Motor, and accidents in Public Places. If you have been injured and you wish to make a claim for your injury and loss or would like to know more about what is involved, please get in touch with our team today 1800 844 104 or complete our online enquiry form. Please be assured that your query will be dealt with in total confidence.
If you are injured in an accident caused by somebody else, you may be entitled to bring a claim for compensation. It is important for you to seek legal advice as soon as you are able so that you have the best chance of success. This is true whether you have been injured at work, in a public place, or as a result of a road accident.
Sometimes an injury caused by somebody else can stop you from working and have a long-term effect on your health. The law is there to help and protect you when you have been injured. Our Personal injury Team provides a nationwide service with professional advice and service to you. We have many years of experience in successfully dealing with thousands of claims on our client’s behalf.
What is a Personal Injury?
A personal injury refers to any physical or psychological harm caused to an individual as a result of the negligence or wrongful act of another person or entity. This can include injuries resulting from accidents, medical malpractice, or even intentional acts of violence.
Examples of personal injuries include:
- A broken bone sustained in a car accident caused by another driver’s reckless behavior
- A back injury caused by a fall at work due to an employer’s failure to maintain safe working conditions
- A traumatic brain injury caused by medical negligence during a surgical procedure
- Psychological harm such as PTSD as a result of an assault or abuse
- A burn injury caused by a defective product
In general, in order to make a personal injury claim, it is necessary to prove that the injury was caused by the negligence or wrongful act of another person or entity and the injury resulted in some sort of loss or damage.
Personal injury claim types
Our team of experienced Personal Injury Claim Solicitors at Coleman Legal continuously educates themselves on all aspects of personal injury claims.
Serious injury claim
- Head & Brain Injury
- Back & Spinal Injury
- Nerve Damage
- Eye Injury
- Neurological Damage
- Fatal Accidents
- Lower Body Injuries
- Whiplash Injury
Road traffic accident claim
- Car Accident
- Bicycle Accident Claim
- Motorcycle Accident Claim
- E-Bike / E-Scooter Accident Claim
- Taxi Accident Claim
- Bus Accident Claim
- Pedestrian Accident Claim
- Public Transport Accident Claim
- Luas Accident Claim
- Other Major Road Traffic Accident Claim
Factory accident claim
- Asbestosis Claim
- Mesothelioma Claim
- Warehouse Accident Claim
- Industrial Accident Claim
- Crush Injury Claim
- Over Exposure Claim
- Defective Equipment Claim
- Loss of Limb Claim
- Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Claim
Construction accident claim
- Building Site Accidents Claim
- Machinery Handling Accidents Claim
- Defective Machinery Accidents Claim
- Moving Vehicle Accidents Claim
- Welding and Chemical Burns Claim
- Electrical Injury at Work Claim
- Slip and Fall Injury Claim
- Forklift Accident Claim
- Scaffolding Accident Claim
Other accidents in the workplace claim
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Claim
- Repetitive Strain Injury
- Fishing Accident Claim
- Warehouse Accident Claim
- Meat Factory Accident Claim
- Defence Forces Accident Claim
- Agency Worker Injury Claim
- Retail Staff Injury Claim
Accidents in public places claim
- Accidents in a Supermarket
- Car Park Accidents
- Claims made against a council or local authority for accidents that occurred on a footpath, in a park, or in another improperly managed public area.
- Slips, trips, and falls in public places
- Accidents in a Hotel
- Accidents in a Restaurant
- Food Poisoning from a Restaurant
- Accident on a Petrol Station Forecourt
- Accidents Caused by Spillages
- Crèche Accident Claim
The personal injury claim application process
1. Seek assistance from our personal injury solicitor
Our team of experienced personal injury solicitors is available to guide clients through the process of making a personal injury claim. Utilising a solicitor can simplify the paperwork and filing required for this process.
2. Apply to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board
The next step is to make an application to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB). If your personal injury claim concerns anything other than medical negligence, some assaults, and some cases of entirely psychological injury, then your claim can be brought through PIAB. Examples of claims that PIAB covers include:
3. Provide necessary information and documents
Your solicitor will gather evidence, medical reports, and other expert reports, and submit them to PIAB for assessment.
4. Obtain consent for claim assessment
Once the application is made, PIAB will notify the defendant(s) and they must indicate within 90 days if they consent to the assessment of the claim. If consent is given, PIAB will proceed with the assessment. If denied, PIAB will grant authorisation for court proceedings.
5. Claim assessment
The assessment process usually takes about 9 months. If both parties accept PIAB’s assessment, an order to pay will be issued and must be discharged by the defendant(s) within 10 days. If rejected, an authorisation for court proceedings will be granted.
Compensation for a personal injury claim
How much compensation you receive for a personal injury claim is dictated by two legally binding documents known as:
The “Book of Quantum” and
The recently published Personal Injuries Guidelines by the Judicial Council of Ireland.
The Book of Quantum dictates how much compensation you are owed if your Authorisation was received from PIAB prior to the 21st of April 2021. In all other cases, compensation in respect of general damages is assessed with the aid of the Judicial council’s Personal Injuries Guidelines.
The Book of Quantum sets out general guidelines as to the amounts that may be awarded or assessed in Personal Injury Claims. The guidelines are divided into sections depending on what category of injury was suffered, e.g., head injuries, neck injuries, back injuries, and spinal fractures, upper limb injuries, lower limb injuries, and body and internal organs. The Book of Quantum sets out four steps to assess what compensation is appropriate for the suffered injury. These steps are as follows:
- Identify the category of injury
- Assess the severity of the injury (through medical reports and records)
- Research the value range
- Consider the effect of multiple injuries
The Personal Injuries Guidelines were adopted by The Judicial Council on the 6th of March 2021. Similar to the Book of Quantum, this legal document sets out guidelines for assessing compensation in respect of general damages. The general principles for this assessment centre on three criteria:
- Awards of damages must be fair and reasonable to both the claimant and the defendant(s)
- Awards must be proportionate to the injuries sustained
- Awards must be compared on a scale of injuries that are both of a lesser and greater magnitude
One of the most substantial differences brought about by this update is that the average level of damages awarded has been reduced. The new guidelines have, however, provided more detail and more explanation for claimants, which is overall a welcomed change to the process of making a personal injury claim.
Statute of limitations
You have two years from the date of the accident within which to issue proceedings. If you are under 18, a separate set of rules apply, and we would recommend you contact our solicitors to discuss these.
Why choose Coleman Legal LLP?
At Coleman Legal, we understand our client’s circumstances. We understand that because you are reading this part of our website, you have likely been involved in an accident and perhaps have been injured. It’s at times like this that you need the support of an experienced firm that can assist you with the practical issues that now confront you as a result of the fault of another.
For example, you may need to understand your Social Welfare entitlements should you be out of work. Also, it’s important for you to know that your legal advisers will obtain all of the important Reports that may be required to ensure that you get the best outcome in your case.
We provide a national service and can meet you locally to ensure that you have a voice and access to the best advice and resources that may be needed in your particular case.
Our service is about you, the client and we speak plain English with no unnecessary legal jargon. Our teams have dealt with thousands of claims over many years and pride ourselves in our respectful and concerned approach to al of our clients.
How can we help with your personal injury claim?
From the moment of your first contact with Coleman Legal LLP to the completion of your case, our team listen, care and act with empathy, whatever the extent of your injury. Our teams have the understanding and expertise to ensure that your injury is professionally and properly dealt with to ensure the best outcome for you in the circumstances of your case.
Our Team will manage your case and keep you fully informed of progress on a regular basis. Our commitment and service to you will include;
- Working with you to fully understand what happened,
- Collect all medical notes and obtain all medical reports on your behalf.
- Submit your claim to the Injuries Board and advise you on the outcome of same.
- Process your case and deal with all queries.
- Advise and support you throughout the whole process.
If you want to take legal action over a personal injury, you should consult our injury solicitors, who are members of the Law Society’s injury accreditation.
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Personal injury claim important FAQs
What are the differences between General / Special Damages in a personal injury claim?
General damages are damages in respect of the pain and suffering sustained during the incident. Special damages are damages in respect of out-of-pocket costs, e.g., medical expenses, loss of earnings, and vehicle damage costs.
What legal fees will I likely pay for a personal injury claim?
It is hard to say how much your legal fees will cost as each case is individual and requires a different amount of reports and records to be gathered. The likely costs would be:
- PIAB Application Form
- Medical Records / Reports
- Professional Legal Service Fee
- Stamp Duty
- Commissioner of Oath Fees
- Counsel Fees
- Miscellaneous Outlays
These fees are fully or partly recoverable from the defendant(s) where the court finds them liable, and settlement is agreed.
How long does it take to process a personal injury claim?
It usually takes about nine months from the date first applied to PIAB on the basis that the defendant(s) has accepted liability for the incident and has agreed to the PIAB process.
How to make a personal injury claim if you’re under 18?
If you’re under 18 and want to make a personal injury claim, you will have to assign a ‘next friend’ to represent you. This person is usually a parent or guardian, and they will have to make the claim on your behalf, following the same steps as outlined above.
Where do I go for a claim of medical negligence?
Medical Negligence Claims are not assessed by PIAB. If you’re making a claim of medical negligence, you will have to issue legal proceedings from the get-go.
Read more on our Medical Negligence Page.
What is PIAB? The Personal Injuries Application Board (PAIB)
Often referred to as PIAB (or the Injuries Board), the board was set up in 2004 by the Government to specifically deal with personal injury claims for compensation from anyone who has been in an accident and suffered an injury. A person cannot issue proceedings until they have first made a valid application to the Injuries Board.