Injuries Board Explained
The Injuries Board is a State body whose purpose is to assess claims of personal injury (excluding medical negligence) in Ireland. It can be a complex process.
When the application is received the Injuries Board will write to the party who the Claimant( injured party ) considers is responsible for the personal injury giving them 90 days to consent to the assessment process or not. If the Respondents do not consent to the assessment process then the matter can proceed to court. If the Respondents accept the assessment process the matter will proceed to assessment and the Injuries Board have a period of 9 months to complete the assessment.
During the assessment process the Claimant’s injury will be assessed by a medical assessor appointed by the Injuries Board.
At the end of this process the Injuries Board will make an assessment of what they believe the personal injury claim is worth by reference to their guidelines. It will be open to both the claimant and the Respondent to either reject or accept the assessment of the Injuries Board.
If the assessment is rejected by either Party or the Respondent does not consent to the assessment process, an authorisation will issue from the Injuries Board permitting the Claimant to proceed to issue court proceedings, (following appropriate advice from us).
Briefing us to move the Injuries Board application for you has certain advantages, these include:
- Assistance with Forms
- Keeping time limits under consideration
- Knowledge of assessments
- If as an unrepresented Claimant with no experience you may be in a weaker negotiating position against insurance companies who will be very knowledgeable of the process