The Injuries Board
InjuriesBoard.ie, formerly known as the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB), is an independent statutory body set up under the Personal Injuries Assessment Board Act 2003. All personal injury claims in Ireland (except for cases involving medical negligence) must be submitted by application to InjuriesBoard.ie. The application process entails;
- Completing a medical assessment form (Form B) by your doctor.
- Filling in the application form (Form A) and sending in all your receipts for any financial loss you may have incurred.
- If you have had correspondence with the person you hold responsible for your injuries include copy of correspondence.
- There is €45 fee that must be sent by cheque/postal order by registered post to the Injuries Board at: PO Box 8 Clonakility, Co Cork. This fee can also be paid by credit card or debit card.
What exactly does the Injuries Board do?
The Board provides an independent assessment of personal injury claims for compensation for all personal injury claims i.e following road traffic, workplace or public liability accidents . Claims are assessed using the medical evidence you provide from your doctor and, if necessary, a report provided by an independent doctor appointed by InjuriesBoard.ie. The assessment of the damages due is made having regard to the particular injuries you sustained and your circumstances.
Why Hire a Solicitor when you are going to the injuries board?
Hiring a Solicitor with experience in dealing with the Injuries Board and knowledge of the application process can be extremely helpful for your case. A Solicitors expertise in this area will insure that your claim is not delayed and issued within the Statue of Limitation period. The biggest advantage to Hiring a personal injury* claim Solicitor when going to the Injuries Board is that they will ensure;
- your application PIAB form A is good and complete,
- they will explain what happens next if the insurance company rejects or accepts the Injuries Board’s assessment.
- They will advise on the amount of compensation award and will conduct any negotiations necessary.
- If your claim is refused by the Injuries board they will issue proceedings for your case.
Under s.17 Personal Injuries Assessment Board Act 2003, the Injuries Board has discretion to refuse to deal with a claim in certain circumstances for example;
- any claim for stress or claims of complex nature will be denied,
- Claims involving serious injuries, which would take a long time to evaluate or
- If the defendant refuses to comment on an assessment made by the PIAB,
If your claim is refused for any of these reason by the PIAB then, under S. 32 of the 2003 Act the PIAB must issue you with an Authorisation. An authorisation allows your case to be referred back to the courts to be dealt with in the usual way.
If you have any queries in regards to the Injury Boards application process, or if you need advice on a claim you wish to pursue contact Houlihan Solicitors on 061 502 090 or email [email protected] and a member of our team will happily respond to your queries.
We are asked regularly about how much a personal injury claim* or a medical negligence claim* can be worth. However, it is difficult to assess the value of any claim without considering a large number of facts. Some of these facts include the nature of your injury, the cause of the injury and the impact that the injury has on your ability to work, your loss of income and/or on your activities of daily living including homecare and recreational activities.
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