Before submitting a claim to the Injuries Board you may well receive an offer to settle your claim. Insurance companies are very experienced at knowing the value of claims. They can often make an offer soon after an injury has occurred in an attempt to save themselves money down the line as they know the offer is less than what the claim is worth. These offers often take advantage of injured people who do not have legal representation and do not understand how the claim process works in the hope they may be under financial stress and willing to accept an offer that is below the fair value of their claim.
One of the common problems with accepting an early offer is that you will not know how long your injuries will last and how severe they are. A specialist personal injury solicitor would be able to advise you on the advantages and disadvantages of accepting any offer in light of what a fair entitlement to compensation is in your particular case. Remember that insurance companies have no duty to make a fair offer, they have a motive to make a profit by paying out less in claims. A specialist personal injury solicitor will have a duty to act in your best interests.
CAN YOU SUBMIT A CLAIM WITHOUT A SPECIALIST PERSONAL INJURY SOLICITOR?
Yes, you can do the entire application process yourself. Prior to the application you should ensure that you have notified the correct parties at fault within one month of the accident. Your application must be lodged with the Injuries Board within two years of the accident (apart from some exceptions such as for children under 18). It is important to identify the correct people in the application and include insurance details if applicable. You will then need to make the application to the Injuries Board by providing them with:
- Application Form A
- Medical Report from your GP or treating doctor
- Copies of the notifications sent to the people you are claiming against
- The fee which is currently €45
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IF YOU CAN MAKE THE CLAIM WITHOUT A SOLICITOR, WHY BOTHER USING A SOLICITOR?
Getting a solicitor involved can mean extra cost to you and this might deter you from getting a solicitor involved in making your claim. Before deciding this it may well be worth your while contacting specialist personal injury solicitors to find out what costs are involved and whether they could add value in the process for you.
As most people making a personal injury claim will do so only once in their lifetime there is a massive informational disadvantage for the injured person against the insurance companies when deciding whether an offer is fair or not. A specialist personal injury solicitor can add value to your claim by acting in your best interest and using their experience to let you know how the process works and whether offers are fair or not.
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