PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS*
Quinn Solicitors have extensive experience in dealing with personal injury claims. There are various types of personal injury claims from accidents in work*, medical negligence*, car accidents* and slips, trips and falls*. We provide clear, concise and unbiased advice for our clients and we promise to do everything to ensure a successful outcome to your case.
ACCIDENTS AT WORK*
If you are unfortunate enough to have an accident at work and have been injured as a result of this accident you maybe entitled to claim compensation for your injuries, provided the accident at work was not your fault. The employer is under a strict legal duty to provide you with a safe place of work, a safe system of work and co-employees who are correctly trained in their field of employment. The employer is also under a duty to provide proper equipment with which to perform the tasks assigned. In addition, there are also strict obligations on employers under the Health and Safety legislation and other legislation in this area.
SLIP, TRIP AND FALL INJURIES*
Slips, trips and falls and accidents of this nature may occur anywhere – on public footpaths, in supermarkets and shopping centres or on other people’s property. Examples of such accidents are slipping on water or other forms of liquid in a supermarket or shopping centre or tripping on a defective stairs, and tripping over a crack in a footpath that was not laid or repaired properly.
MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CLAIMS*
In general, medical treatment in Ireland is of an extremely high quality. Nevertheless, mistakes can occur due to bad administration, an oversight on the part of a doctor, a mistake during an operation, a failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis of an injury or illness.
CAR ACCIDENTS AND CRASHES*
If you have suffered a personal injury as a result of a road accident in which you were a driver, passenger, cyclist or pedestrian, you may have a claim for compensation. If you have suffered damage to your car from an uninsured driver or been the victim of a hit and run, you may be entitled to compensation for you losses or injuries.
DO I HAVE AN INJURY CLAIM?
In order to successfully claim compensation from another party you must be able to establish the following:
- That the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence or fault and/or partial negligence or fault and …
- that you sustained injuries as a result of that accident and …
- that the injuries are attributable to the accident.
It is very often the case that an accident is not caused solely by one party’s fault and there may be a number of parties that are responsible for the accident. Where this happens and a court finds a number of persons responsible for the accident, an apportionment of liability will be made between the respective parties.
WHAT ARE THE TIME LIMITS FOR INJURY CLAIMS?
Where you have been injured in an accident through someone else’s fault, it is important that you act promptly as there are strict time limits within which it is possible to commence the legal process.
Generally speaking, the time limit to issue legal proceedings is two years from the date that you know you are injured as a result of an accident. As a general rule, usually, this is two years from the date that the accident occurs. However, there are some exceptions to this rule, for example, if you are under 18 then the two year period does not commence until your 18th birthday.
LEGAL COSTS FOR INJURY CLAIMS
The issue of legal costs is a concern to most people, usually because of a lack of understanding of the legal process. At the outset, it is important to understand that where a person is successful in bringing proceedings for personal injuries, most of the costs are borne by the other side i.e. the losing party.