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Personal Injury

Personal Injuries and Compensation

In 2016, The Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB), made awards for 12,966 personal injury cases in the amount of €315.13 million.

74% of these claims were motor claims, 17% were employers liability claims and 9% were public liability claims.

Personal Injuries can occur to anyone and in any number of different ways. It could be an accident at work, a slip, trip or fall, a road traffic accident or through medical negligence.  If an injury has occurred to you through no fault of your own, then the law recognises that recompense is needed for the loss and suffering experienced by you as a result of this injury (be it physical or psychological).  Compensation can include damages for loss of earnings, medical bills and other out of pocket expenses as a result of suffering the personal injury.

The first and most important thing to do once you have suffered a personal injury is to seek appropriate and timely medical attention. This can be in the form of a visit to your own GP or in more serious cases a visit to your local hospital.

When considering making a claim for compensation as a result of personal injury it is important to keep accurate records. Including all medical receipts, photos of the injury and/or accident location can be useful also as can remembering to take the names of anyone who was present at the time of the accident.

In order to be successful in a personal injury claim you will need to prove that the injuries suffered by you were caused by the negligence of the other party involved in the accident.

How to make a personal injury claim?

You should get legal advice as soon as possible after the personal injury occurring by contacting Halpin and Company Solicitors on 021 – 4251843 or Full details of your accident and injury can be given to us in confidence, we will also answer any questions you have and advise you of your best options.  We will then write out to you to confirm your instructions. We will also notify in writing the other party and/or their insurers that you feel they were at fault and were the cause of the accident. We will also contact your doctor to request a medical report which typically costs approximately €300 to produce.  This medical report will be forwarded to PIAB together with their application form as all personal injury cases have to go through PIAB first before progressing through the courts, if at all.

Once PIAB receive the completed application form, medical report and any supporting documentation they will contact the party you allege to have caused the accident.  PIAB will then assess the claim and make a determination as to the amount of compensation that maybe warranted.  If both parties agree to this amount the party at fault or their insurance company issues a settlement cheque. If one of the parties rejects the PIAB assessment, then an authorisation to proceed through the courts will be provided to the injured party and proceedings will then be issued to take the personal injury claim through the courts.

When to make the personal injury claim?

There is a time limit under which Personal Injury cases can be taken.  In general, you have two years from the date of knowledge of the personal injury within which to make a claim.  There are certain exceptions; in relation to an accident to a child under the age of 18, a claim may be taken by their parent or guardian on behalf of the child two years from the date of their 18th birthday.

Contact our expert Personal Injury Solicitors by email on or by telephone on 021 – 4251843.

HALPIN & Co. Solicitors | Practical Experience, Trusted Advice – from Solicitors in Cork


7 South Mall, Cork City

Tel: 021 425 1843