Road Traffic Accident Claims Guide
Have you been involved in a road traffic accident in Ireland? Do you want to know if you are entitled to compensation? At Sherwin O’Riordan, our specialist personal injury team of solicitors will be able to answer the many questions you have and help you, secure compensation that truly reflects your circumstances.
Before Commencing a Road Traffic Claim
As with all personal injury compensation claims, you will need to prove that another person was responsible for your personal injury (in this case the driver of the vehicle you were travelling in or the third party driver).
How much does it cost?
Personal injury claims are governed by a set of procedural rules, which also establish certain fees that need to be paid in order for a claim to be processed. If you are attempting to raise a personal injury compensation claim in Ireland, you will be charged a rate of €45 to make an application to Injuries Board. As your compensation claim proceeds, the costs incurred largely depend on the particular circumstances surrounding your case. Please speak to our expert personal injury team for more information.
How long would it take?
The length of time required to pursue a personal injury claim will depend on the forum where your claim is heard. In the first instance, all personal injury claims will need to be submitted to Injuries Board for an assessment of damages. It takes an average of seven months from the date the person or entity that you are making the claim against (Respondent) agrees to the Injuries Board process. If the person/persons responsible for your accident does not agree to the claim being assessed by Injuries Board, then the only option would be to pursue the claim in the courts. Courtroom litigation for personal injury can take up to three years to complete.
How do I know if I can take the risk – is this a no win no fee basis?
At Sherwin O’Riordan, we understand that the idea of engaging lawyers to pursue a personal injury claim can be worrying. You will understandably be anxious to know what financial implications there will be if your claim is not successful. Our team will work closely with you and give an honest opinion as to the merit of bringing a claim, give an indication of the likelihood of success and be transparent about our fee structure and the funding options available.
What compensation can I claim for damage to my car?
Damage to your car following an accident can represent a significant financial burden. Cars are becoming increasingly sophisticated by design, meaning that it can be more challenging to repair them when accidents occur, i.e. specialist components are no longer as widely available or the true extent of damage caused to your car may only become apparent following prolonged investigation. If your car has been damaged as the result of an incident caused by another road user, this can be included in your personal injury claim and the costs involved recovered. The Respondent’s Insurance company may also settle this element of your claim at the outset.
Will it affect my car insurance?
If you are making a personal injury claim for injuries sustained in an accident that was not your fault, your car insurance shouldn’t be affected. There is no evidence that you constitute a greater risk to your insurer – you did not cause the accident.
What compensation can I claim for any medical bills that may arise from injuries sustained?
The law governing personal injury compensation has been designed to account for every possible eventuality. It is important to understand that any material impact that your accident and resultant injuries have had on your life will, in general, merit financial compensation. An important point to keep in mind is that if you are forced to incur expenditure of any kind that is attributable to your being injured in an accident that was not your fault, then you will be able to recoup this as part of your compensation claim.
If you are intending to claim expenses such as loss of earnings, travelling expenses and medical expenses remember to keep vouching documentation to prove your outgoings.
If a car accident causes you to have to arrange specialist medical attention in order to recover from or manage your injuries, whether physical, psychological or both, you will be able to have the cost of this reflected in the sum that forms the total of your compensation claim.
Contact our Road Traffic Claims Solicitors in Dublin Today
Sherwin O’Riordan is a leading law firm offering objective, pragmatic legal advice to its clients. If you have been injured in a road traffic accident through no fault of your own, our expert personal injury solicitors are here to help you secure the compensation you are entitled to. Contact us today and find out more about how we can help you. We are happy to talk you through the process of making a personal injury claim and to answer any questions or queries you may have.