Personal Injury* Solicitors – Drogheda, Ashbourne & Dublin
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What is Personal Injury?
Personal injury is the legal term for an injury or illness that has been caused (or made worse) by someone else’s negligence. If you have suffered in these circumstances, you may be able to make a personal injury claim.
What type of personal injuries can I claim for?
An injury of any kind can affect your quality of life. Being out of work as a result of this injury may also affect your monthly household income. Personal injury accidents can occur when we least expect it. They could happen on the road, at work or in a public place. Our specialist personal injury solicitors are here to make the process easier for you and your family.
Road Traffic Accidents*
Being involved in an accident as a driver, passenger or pedestrian can be a traumatic experience.
Work Accidents Claim*
As an employee who has suffered an injury at work, you may be entitled to pursue legal action.
Slips Trips and Fall*
Some accidents can be attributed to the negligence of the persons responsible for an area.
Types of Cases
- Sprains and strains
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Bruises and contusions
- Lacerations and Abrasions
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What injury did you suffer?
You can suffer many different types of injuries from someone else’s negligence. These injuries can come in many different forms. From shoulder, arm and leg injuries to occupational and psychological injuries, Tallans Solicitors is here to help you with your claim and through the entire process.
What is the process?
The majority of claims do not start in court. Generally, they are required by law to start with the Injuries Board — with the exception of Medical Negligence. Many people who apply to the Injuries Board do so with the help of a solicitor. This ensures that the process runs as smoothly as possible and that you bring the case against the correct defendants. Applications to the Injuries Board require the injured party to gather certain documents, including medical reports and must ensure that they make the claim against the correct third party or legal entity. There are certain deadlines that need to be met and having a solicitor ensures that the process goes smoothly.
What to do next?
If you’ve been involved in an accident, the Injuries Board claims process generally consists of these steps
1. Speak with a solicitor
To start the process, you will need to provide the following information to your solicitor:
- Details of the accident
- Details of the injury along with any evidence (photographs)
- Details of any previous injuries, medical conditions, accidents, claims
- Details of any expenses incurred as a result of the accident (medical bills, etc.)
- CCTV footage, where applicable (Your solicitor can acquire this for you)
- Details/Description of the person at fault
2. Solicitor obtains a medical report
One of the most important documents in your case is a medical report. Your solicitor will ask for your doctor’s or hospital details so he can obtain a report on your injuries. This report will then be used to allow us progress your case.
3. Solicitor prepares the Injuries Board application
Once your solicitor has gathered all information necessary, they will complete and submit the Injuries Board application form (Injuries Board Form A) with you. Once submitted, the Personal Injuries Assessment Board will acknowledge receipt of this and will notify the person at fault of your claim. A copy of the application form and medical report will also be issued to the person at fault at this stage. Once submitted, the two year time limit clock will stop while your claim is being assessed.
What are the Legal Time Limits?
Formally known as the Statute of Limitations, the legal time limit for a personal injury claim is usually two years less one day after the date of knowledge of the injury. In many cases, the date of knowledge will be the date the accident occurred. In some cases, a person may not realise their injury until some time after the accident and in such cases, the clock starts from that date. For children who have suffered an injury, the process works a little differently. A minor cannot bring a claim forward themselves. On their 18th birthday, the clock starts at their two year time limit to make their claim. Alternatively, a parent or legal guardian can bring the claim forward on behalf of the child immediately after the accident. This is generally a more favourable option. As making the claim sooner rather than later means that it is easier to source reliable evidence to strengthen the child’s case. Important to note is that once the application to the Injuries Board is submitted, the clock stops on the two year time limit while they assess the claim.
Assessment & Offer
Injury Claim Assessment
Upon assessment of your claim, the Injuries Board will look at past personal injury cases and injuries similar to yours to determine how much compensation they will suggest. They do this by referring to the ‘Book of Quantum’. The Book of Quantum is a record of personal injury cases, specific injuries and how much they settled for.
Consideration of Injuries Board Offer
Having reviewed your claim, the Injuries Board will revert back to you with a suggested compensation amount. This would be then paid to you by the party at fault. You will then need to consider whether to agree to this or not. At this time, your solicitor will be able to advise you on the best route forward, but ultimately it will be your decision whether to accept this first offer or not.
Time Limit to Accept or Reject the Award
Effect of Accepting the Award
Effect of Rejecting the Award
Settlement Outside of Court
The majority of personal injury cases will settle outside of court. The reality is that if you move past the Injuries Board stage to legal proceedings that you will not have to step foot into a courtroom. Before the hearing, settlement meetings may be arranged, meaning that you would meet with your legal team – Solicitor and Barrister – to start these talks. At the meetings, your legal team will communicate with the other side on your behalf, all the while keeping you up to date and informed of the progress and any updated settlement offers. Your legal team may come to an acceptable conclusion for you at these meetings if so, your case will then be concluded in full and final settlement there and then. If settlement talks do not result in an acceptable settlement amount, then your case will move to a court hearing where a Judge will make the final decision on your case.
Calculation of Damages
In a personal injury case involving an accident where you have suffered an injury, property damage or another kind of loss, as the injured party you can seek to claim for those losses. The best way to do so is to speak with a personal injury solicitor about your case. The losses the injured party incurs are called ‘damages’.
- Medical Expenses – medical care and future medical care costs including costs of attending doctors, cost of medication, hospital bills, cost of x-ray, MRI, or treatments such as physiotherapy.
- Travel Expenses – any travel costs directly related to the accident/injury, such as taxi fares, public transport to and from the hospital, or car parking.
- Loss of Earnings – a calculation will be made as to how much earnings you have lost as a result of being out of work due to the injury, as well as any future loss of earnings. These will also be calculated and included in the final amount.
Learn more about Special Damages
Loss of Amenity
The consequences of the same injury or illness will vary between individuals. So the amount of compensation you could receive will be personal to you. Our personal injury solicitors are experienced in accurately valuing claims based on your particular circumstances, to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
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Assisting your Solicitor
In order for a solicitor to advise you on your accident and whether you may be entitled to make a claim, when bringing the claim to a solicitor, include all facts surrounding the accident. Even the facts that you may think are not as important. Also remember to include things like how the accident happened, what exactly you were doing at the time, who was involved and who witnessed the accident. The following pieces of information are important for you to bring with you, where possible when you start the claims process with your solicitor:
- A detailed description of the accident and how it happened.
- Pictures of the scene of the accident to show how it happened.
- Specific time and date of the accident.
- Was there any CCTV in operation where your accident happened? Your solicitor can request the owner of the CCTV to send over the recordings.
- Witness Details – was there any witnesses to the accident?
- Medical Reports – if you have copies of them to hand, if not your solicitor can request these from your doctor.
- Details of Loss of Earnings – how much wages have you lost as a result of the accident?
- Details of Medical History – did you have any medical conditions before the accident occurred?
- Claims History Details – have you made any personal injury claims in the past? Details of the party at fault for your accident. – it is of the utmost importance that you have the correct party identified when making a claim.
- A list of any expenses you incur as a result of the accident (for example, medical costs, travel costs, home care costs or any other costs involved).
Want to know what it’s like to work with Tallans Solicitors?
The best way to find out is to see what past clients have said.
I was extremely happy with the outcome of my case. I didn’t know what personal injury was until I slipped and fell. Thankfully Tallans were able to explain things to me in a way that I could understand. I have no hesitation in recommending Tallans to anyone for any personal injury claims.
Sheila & Orla I cannot ever thank you enough for the support that you have shown throughout. Any questions I had were answered honestly and any advice was always in my best interest. Although I was struggling through the physical and emotional side of my injuries I never once had to worry about my case because I knew you had it covered. If anyone out there is looking for an amazing legal team to look after them I cannot recommend Tallans solicitors highly enough.
From day one, Tallans Solicitors were transparent, clear and supportive regarding my case. They had a personable yet highly professional way in which they presented themselves.
From day one, they were on my side. I will now go to them for all legal advice in the future and recommend everyone to seek advice and services from Tallans in Drogheda.
About Tallans Solicitors
We draw on more than 130 years of experience in personal injury law to provide you with expert advice and legal services.
We’re here to help you with your claim, and will work with you to ensure you understand every step of your legal journey.
Our friendly and experienced team are waiting to answer your call. Lines are open Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 5.30 pm on 041 983 8708 (Drogheda) and 01 835 2027 (Ashbourne) or you can fill out our contact form and we’ll call you back.