Accident Claims Specialist: What You Can Expect During Your Accident Claim
Accident claims that arise from personal injuries can cause anxiety for victims. They simply don’t know what to expect during the process. As accident claim specialists, Tiernan & Company Solicitors want to help you understand how these claims are handled from start to finish.
Determine Whether You Have a Valid Accident Claim
The first step is to speak with an accident claims specialist to determine whether you have a valid accident claim. While you can proceed with filing a claim without taking this step, you could end up with an unsuccessful result. You may not be awarded anything or you may be awarded far less than you deserve. A valid claim must have:
- Happened within the last two years
- Unless it is a medical negligence claim
- Been the fault of another person
- Caused you an injury
A personal injury solicitor can tell you whether you have a valid claim and represent you throughout the process. This helps ensure that you’re treated fairly and receive the compensation that you deserve.
Assessment of Claim by the Injuries Board
If your accident claims specialist determines you have a claim for personal injury that is not related to medical negligence, an application will be made to the Injuries Board for an assessment. There are many documents that will be used for the assessment. It is important that you provide your personal injury solicitor with everything they need. Providing the Injuries Board with the proper information will help them make their decision.
Consider the Suggested Compensation
If the Injuries Board believes that you were injured because of an accident that was the fault of the defendant, they will provide a suggested compensation amount. That is the amount of money that they believe the at-fault party should provide to you for what you’ve undergone.
When you receive the assessment from the Injuries Board, your solicitor will inform you of the amount. You can then decide whether you believe it is fair and if you want to accept it. If you choose to accept the compensation, you’re agreeing to settle your entire claim. This means that you cannot bring it in front of the Judge in the future. The Injuries Board will issue an order to the at-fault party to pay you the amount you accepted as a settlement.
If you or the at-fault party do not accept the suggested compensation amount, you may proceed to a court hearing. While you’re waiting for your day in court, another settlement attempt may occur. Your solicitor and a barrister may work to reach a settlement that is acceptable to you and to the at-fault party. If this happens, you won’t have to go in front of the Judge. Most accident claims are settled before the scheduled court date.
What Accident Claims May Go Before the Injuries Board?
Medical negligence claims do not go before the Injuries Board. The Injuries Board assesses claims for road traffic accidents, accidents that happen in public places, and accidents that happen in workplaces.
The most common are road traffic accidents including pedestrian accidents, cyclist accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, and accidents involving public transport. This isn’t an all-inclusive list. If you have questions, contact Tiernan & Company Solicitors.
The most common accidents that occur in public places that are likely to result in an accident claim include slip and fall accidents occurring on footpaths, accidents in supermarkets, accidents on another person’s property, and dog bites. If you have questions about public liability claims, ask the accident claims specialists at Tiernan & Company Solicitors.
The most common accidents that happen in workplaces that result in injury claims include slip and falls, falling from a ladder or scaffold, injuries caused during manual handling, occupational injuries, injuries caused by repetitive motion, farming accidents, illness or injury from being exposed to harmful substances, and accidents that occur on building sites.
Factors Used in the Settlement Process
Since most accident claims are settled, Tiernan & Company Solicitors believe that it is important for readers to know the factors that are used to help determine the amount. Remember, you should provide all requested information to your accident claims specialist during the Injuries Board evaluation. Factors that determine the amount of compensation include:
- How your quality of life was impacted by the injury
- Loss of earnings from time away from work
- Loss of future earnings because of your inability to work
- Medical costs for injury treatment
- Future medical costs for long-term treatment for serious injuries
- Travel costs and other out of pocket expenses that resulted from the injury
- Psychological injuries
The Legal Time Limit for Accident Claims
Accident claims have a time limit within which they must be filed. This time limit is referred to as the statute of limitation. If you do not make your claim within the time limit, you are legally prevented from doing so. You must file your accident claim within two years of the date that the accident happened. If you do not notice the injury until sometime after the accident, the time limit starts from the day you realise you had the injury.
Have Your Claim Evaluated by Tiernan & Company Solicitors
If you believe that you have an accident claim, contact Tiernan & Company Solicitors. Our accident claims specialists are standing by to help you determine if you have a claim. If you do, we can help you through every step. Talk with our team by calling on 01-6622822, emailing us at [email protected], or by using our request form for immediate callback.