25 Oct How do I make a claim to The Injuries Board if I have been injured in an accident?
If you have been involved in an accident where you have suffered injury your entitlement to compensation will become statute barred if you have not registered your claim with the Injuries Board within two years of the accident occurring. It is important when completing the Injuries Board Application Form that you insert all the necessary information accurately. In particular, it is very important that you correctly identify the party who was at fault for the accident and caused injury to you.
There is a general obligation on a person seeking compensation to formally notify the party from whom they wish to obtain the compensation, of their intention to do so, within eight weeks of the accident occurring. Not all cases require to be processed by the Injuries Board however. If you have been hurt as a result of a medical negligence or because of a defective product you may be entitled to proceed directly to court. In such cases it is important that you have issued valid Court proceedings within the statutory two year time limit as otherwise your case will then become statute barred.
On average it will take the Injuries Board a period of approximately seven months to process a valid application once received and acknowledged as having been completed for the purposes of the PIAB Act 2003. 74% of all awards made by the Injuries Board in 2016 were as a result of a motor accident while work place accidents account for just short of 10% of injury claims. The average Injuries Board award in 2016 was €24,305, a slight increase on 2015. The highest award made by the Injuries Board in 2016 was for €740,968.
If you have been involved in an accident and suffered injury please feel free to contact Gearoid Howard of Crimmins Howard Solicitors who will be happy to provide you with an initial case assessment without obligation.