Personal Injury Solicitors Dundalk
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Dundalk Personal Injury Lawyers
Personal Injury Law In Ireland
If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim. Each year thousands of injury claims are made in Ireland. The most common injury claimed for is whiplash which accounts for almost 80% of all personal injury insurance claims. According to a report published in 2016 by PIAB, the Personal Injuries Assessment Board
What Constitutes a Personal Injury Claim?
Apart from the most common whiplash claims, there are many other types of injury that may entitle you to claim for personal injury. These may include ongoing physical problems from a dislocated shoulder or severe concussion or it may be a problem that is more difficult to diagnose like a pervasive psychological one.
After an accident, it can be difficult to predict how long you will be affected by the consequences of injuries sustained. There are countless ways that could affect your life in a negative and persistent way. The numerous types of claims that commonly result in personal injury include:
– Car accidents
– Bicycle accidents
– Motorcycle accidents
– Road and Traffic accidents
– Work-related injuries and accidents
– Medical Negligence
The statute of Limitations on making a Personal Injury Claim in Ireland
By law, personal injury claims must be commenced within 2 years of the accident after which any claim arising from injury due to the accident will be barred. However, there are certain exemptions and the limitation does not apply to the following scenarios:
– Any parties injured in the accident who were under the age of 18 when the accident occurred.
– You did not know or could not have known that you had been injured.
– You do not know or cannot have known who the person responsible for the accident is.
– An injury claim is lodged with the PIAB and a letter of acknowledgement is issued by them within the 2-year limitation period. The clock stops running until an authorisation is issued by the PIAB to go to court when it starts up again.
It is important to notify the person responsible for the accident, in writing, within two months of the accident regarding their wrongdoing and the nature of the injuries you have sustained as a result. Whilst this may not have an effect on your application to the PAIB, it may be useful should you need to go to court later.
Going through a personal injury claim procedure can be difficult even with the guidance of an experienced solicitor, however, the experience and skills of a solicitor can stand you in good stead and greatly increase your chances of a successful outcome. A solicitor will be able to immediately assess whether your claim has merit and guide you through the process.