It is an unfortunate reality that road traffic accidents are a common occurrence on Ireland’s roads. They can happen for a variety of reasons, but most often the result of someone driving carelessly or recklessly on the road.
At Sherwin O’Riordan, we appreciate that the experience of being involved in an accident on the road can be a traumatic and painful experience for our clients. We are regularly sought out to provide advice on the prospect of recovering personal injury compensation for clients that have suffered due to another driver’s conduct.
Compensation for Road Traffic Accidents in Dublin, Limerick, Cork & Leinster
Irish law demands that all road users take special care not to do anything that is likely to put others in danger. This obliges road users to observe good practices when driving on Ireland’s roads. The issue, however, is that from time-to-time, people fail to observe the requisite standard of care and cause injury to their fellow road user: a car may be severely or irreparably damaged or individuals themselves may suffer significant injury. As a result, if the accident was not your fault, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Have you had a car accident?
Under the Road Traffic Act 1961, all road traffic accidents must be reported to the Garda at the earliest opportunity. If you have been involved in an accident, it is wise to take the details of the Gardaí that is notified of the accident, as this may be useful when notifying insurers where damage to the car has been caused. It is paramount that you also take all of the details of the other party to the accident: their name, registration number as well as contact details.
Making a claim for a Road Traffic Accident
It is vital that, where you are injured or your car is damaged in a road traffic accident, you are able to provide as much information as possible. This will include several different types of information, including:
- Photographs of the accident and the damage or injuries caused;
- Photographs of the scene of the accident;
- Some physiologic issues.
- Details of costs incurred for any medical care and/or the likely cost of repair to the car; and
- Statements from witnesses in respect of the accident in support of your claim.
It is important to understand that claiming compensation for a road traffic accident can be a complicated process. In the first instance, if you believe that someone else was at fault, you must apply to the Injuries Board to have your claim assessed – this will determine the award that your claim will likely be worth. It is only after the Board’s authorisation is granted, or an assessment is made and is rejected by either or both parties, that your claim may be brought before the Courts. Each of these forums has particular procedures and protocols, which can be difficult to navigate, and should be handled by an expert Irish road traffic accident legal advisor familiar with them.
Making a Whiplash Claim
What is Whiplash?
It is highly that if you have been in a car accident you have whiplash as it is a very common injury from car accidents. Whiplash occurs when your head snaps backwards and forwards as a result of being hit by another car or the car that you are travelling in crashing. It can be very painful, be aware however that the pain or the injury itself might not become apparent for a few days. If you have suffered a whiplash the likely symptoms are:
- Stiff neck
- Mild to severe headaches
- A lack of vision
- Pain in your neck
- Some physiologic issues
It is therefore very important that if you have been in a car accident that you are assessed to see whether or not you have whiplash.
There is no one form of whiplash and it can impact your lower back, your shoulders, your spine and the neck itself and the length of time it takes to “get better” varies from injury to injury.
What should you do if you have whiplash?
The first person you should call is your doctor who will likely refer you to a physiotherapist. Our advice is always to go to a chartered physiotherapist who will be able to give you the required treatment. If you would like a list of chartered physiotherapists please call us and we can put you in touch with our recommended list of physiotherapists from your area.
Road Traffic Accident & Whiplash Claims Lawyers Dublin, Ireland
Sherwin O’Riordan are among Ireland’s most experienced law firms in advising on seeking compensation for road traffic accidents. We provide a comprehensive legal service that allows us to handle our client’s compensation claims in their entirety: we take the paperwork and administrative work away from our clients, allowing them to concentrate on recovering from the trauma of the accident. Our road traffic solicitors serve clients in Dublin, Limerick, Leinster, Cork and surrounding areas.If you require legal advice on any of the above services or any other legal matter, get in touch on touch +353 1 663 2000 to speak with one of our experienced solicitors.