Personal Injury Solicitors*
Our team of Personal Injury Solicitors are experienced in dealing with all types of personal injury cases. We work with our clients to achieve the best possible outcome for your case. Contact one of our Personal Injury Solicitors today to see how we can help you.
If you have been involved in an accident or suffered an injury at the hands of another person we would advise all persons considering a personal injury claim to carefully read the information below and if you have any questions or you are contemplating an action to contact our solicitors at the earliest available opportunity. The main reason for this is time. It is not enough for one to have merely been involved in an accident or to have suffered an injury; in order to obtain compensation from the courts it must be apparent that the party or parties you wish to pursue for a claim were at fault and at the very least partly to blame for the accident and the injuries that you have suffered.
Time nor tide…
With all Personal Injury claims, one of the most important factors to be aware of is time. And this cannot be understated. The law in this area is covered by the Civil Liability and Courts Act 2004 and by the Statute of Limitations Act 1957 as well as the Statue of Limitation (Amendment) Act 1991.
You have 2 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.
The Personal Injuries Assessment Board / The Injuries Board
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.
The effect of PIAB has meant that a person cannot issue proceedings until they have first made a valid application to the Injuries Board. That application is then registered with and assessed by PIAB. You are not allowed to bring a personal injury claim before the Courts unless you have an authorisation from PIAB to do so. An authorisation from PIAB to proceed through the Courts will issue if a) the Respondent refuses to engage with PIAB, b) if PIAB refuses to proceed to an assessment, or c) if the applicant (the injured party) refuses to accept.
If you have received an assessment from PIAB and you are happy with the sum and the Respondent accepts that assessment or takes no subsequent action, you are entitled to receive that sum and you do not have to go to Court. This saves claimants both time and money.
As stated, if the Respondent refuses to acknowledge PIAB or participate in the Injuries Board assessment or you are not happy with the amount proposed by the Board, you are entitled to proceed through the Courts.