Accidents

Ferrys Solicitors Dublin, are noted and highly experienced Personal Injury Solicitors.

Being involved in an accident is a traumatic event and at such time, you will need a personal injury lawyer who is well experienced in the area of personal injury litigation, and who can guide you through the process of litigation to get you the compensation you deserve in a fast, efficient and friendly manner.

What is involved in making an accident claim for personal injuries?

All personal injury claims (with the exception of medical negligence claims)  must in the first instance be referred to the Injuries Board. This can be a difficult process especially if you are not familiar with it. We will provide you with the assistance and guidance required in making this application and seek the  best resolution for you and the compensation you deserve. If the matter is not resolved through the Injuries Board process we will make any subsequent applications to Court on your behalf. We will use our expertise to ensure you are properly compensated and make the process as simple as possible for you.

We advise clients on the following types of accidents:

  • Road Traffic Accidents
  • An Accident at Work
  • Accidents in public places
  • All personal injury type accidents

Road Traffic Accidents

You may be unfortunate enough to have been involved in a road traffic accident. Your injury is most likely to have been caused by being involved in a road traffic accident as a driver, passenger, pedestrian, motorcyclist or pedal cyclist.  In these cases, your personal injury claim for compensation would be made against the insurance company for the person at fault for your accident.

An Accident at Work

You may be entitled to make a claim if you have had an accident at work or if you believe that you have suffered as a result of your employer being in breach of Health and Safety legislation. You can make a claim for compensation for the injuries you have received, your medical costs, any loss of earnings which may have occurred and other costs.

Accident in a public place

Councils, Shop Owners and other owners of property to which the public have access have a duty to ensure that all reasonable steps are taken to avoid accidents and injury to the public. If you have fallen in such a public place you may have a claim for compensation.

Ferrys can provide expert legal advice and representation for all accidents in a public place including:

  • Slipping, tripping & falling
  • Items falling not secured properly
  • Faulty lifts, barriers, doors etc.
  • Burns and scalds caused in a public place
  • Injury caused at displays, concerts and other public gatherings

All personal injury type accidents

 

What is involved in making a claim for personal injuries?

  1. When you call to us for the very first time we take the details of your case. We advise you as to whether you have a case or not and in what way we should proceed with your case.
  2. We enter into a reasonable  Fee Agreement with you so that you know exactly where you stand money wise with us and then we immediately arrange to take the necessary steps to advance your case.
  3. The steps in question are to contact any witnesses to get their statements to get in reports from the Gardai, doctors, hospital, engineers and then to start contact with the other side/and their Insurers. We will keep you advised of the costs of getting any reports so you will know what if any deductions from your settlement or award will arise for these outlays.
  4. Once we have obtained the necessary medical reports and we note the complete picture with your injures we are then free to try and settle the case with the other side or their Insurance Company. If you are happy then with the offer that we have obtained from them, we can then settle your case and complete the matter for you at this stage. We will obviously only do this if we know the complete picture with your injuries and you are happy with the outcome of our discussions with the other side and are happy to take the settlement proposed.
  5. If there is no offer forthcoming from the other side or their Insurance Company or the offer that has been made is not acceptable, we then proceed to bring an application for you to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) also known as the Injuries Board. This is the Board that has been established by the Government to see if certain claims can be dealt with by way of assessment without having to go to Court. All cased therefore must go through the Injuries Board before they can go to Court. As stated we will bring the necessary Application to the Injuries Board Board on your behalf and deal with all matters that arise in connection with same.
  6. If ultimately the Assessment Board makes you an Assessment and the other side agree to pay it, your case can now conclude at this stage provided you are happy with the outcome. If ultimately the Injuries Board makes an Assessment in the case which you re happy with and the other side agree to pay it, your case can now conclude at this stage.
  7. If however there has been no offer from the other side and the Injuries Board does not lead to a successful outcome because the other side are disputing liability for your accident or the position with your injuries is too unclear and/ or you are not happy with the amount the Injuries Board assessed, we can then proceed with your claim through the Courts as quickly as possible so a Judge can compensate you fully for your injuries and loss.
  8. The Court process that we have to take you through in relation to this matter is as follows:- On receipt of the necessary reports, your papers are then sent to a Barrister who we employ for you so the Barrister can prepare the necessary documents that have to be issued by us. The first Court document to be prepared by the Barrister which has to be issued in your case is a Summons. The other side then put in a document once we serve them with that called an Appearance and they will usually ask a series of questions about your case at this stage called Particulars. We bring you in at that point and have you go through these questions and give us your replies together with any receipts you have for your out of pocket expenses. Once we give them these replies the other side will then either put in a final document called a Defence or alternatively will indicate that they want to settle your case. If they put in their Defence we can, if your injury situation is completely clear and there are no further preparations needed for your case, apply for a date for hearing in Court for your case or alternatively we can put your case into a queue waiting to be heard. If the other side indicate that they want to settle your case, we will then set up a meeting between you, us, your Barrister and the other side. Your Barrister will have been given by us all the necessary documents in your case and after discussing the matter with you in detail will then with us speak to the other side and try and reach an agreement to try and settle your case. Your Barrister will be fully experienced at measuring what your case is worth and what a Judge would likely give you if your case was to go to Court and will then with us, try and obtain that compensation from the other side for you. If they do not pay you at this meeting a figure that you are happy with, then we go ahead and obtain a date for hearing for your case and nothing has been lost in attempting to settle the matter. If your case is going to Court and once we know the date for the case, we arrange for you, your Barrister, doctors, Gardai, witnesses etc., to be at the Four Courts on the morning of your case. Your Barrister and ourselves will then go through the matter fully with you and your witnesses and again if the other side are not prepared to settle the case before we go into Court, we will then go in and present your case in Court and let the Judge decide on the outcome.
  9. Whether your case settles, goes to the Injuries Board or has to go to Court is entirely dependant on getting you your proper compensation. We at all times are trying to ensure you get the best possible result and it is immaterial to us whether it settles, goes to the Injuries Board or goes to Court.

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