Legal Guide

Injury Claims that You are Entitled to in Ireland

Although it is never desirable to be in a situation where you would have to think about injury claims, the truth is that accidents can happen at any place and at any time. It could be in your office, whilst commuting, at a construction site or even in your home. While it is not always possible to recover fully from the unfortunate event, more often than not, you are entitled to monetary compensation for the injuries caused, the mental trauma, the loss of wages, loss of livelihood, medical bills and much more. If you are in such a situation, it is advised that you take the help of professionals to aid you in your claims; preferably an Irish based personal injury solicitor. It is also important that you yourself get a grasp of the types of claims that the injured party is entitled to in Ireland.

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Work Related Claims

In Ireland, the law states that you can claim compensation if the employer did not provide a safe environment for you to work in, or did not provide adequate safety measures. Personal injury claims can be made in the following cases:

  • Industrial accidents
  • Asbestos exposure
  • Toxin exposure
  • Factory accidents
  • Hazardous building and construction
  • Lifting injuries
  • Slipping and falling while working

In any of the above cases, the injured party can claim for hospital bills, ongoing medication and other medical equipment, rehabilitation, travel expenses, accommodation and transportation adaptations.

Car Accident and Road Injuries

Due to legal obligations, all car owners must have insurance in Ireland. In case of a car related accident, the driver’s insurance is often legally bound to pay for the injuries that he/she has caused to someone. This injury claim can even extend to the responsible driver’s own passengers on many occasions. It is to be noted that the time window for claiming compensation after a car accident is rather small, so it is essential that you act fast right after the accident. Take note of the points below to make your claims stronger and more valid.

  • Acquire the name and address of the driver, along with the car’s registration number and insurance information.
  • Call the police and file a report at the nearest Gardai (police station).
  • Get to a hospital as soon as possible to assess your injuries and make it official.
  • Do not admit liability.
  • If the driver refuses his insurance or car information, call the police and wait until they get there.

Injury and Harm Caused Due to Medical Malpractice

A medical negligence claim can be made based on the inadequacy of any medical personnel. This includes doctors, dentists, nurses, midwives, physiotherapists, psychiatrists, chiropractors, etc. The personal injury claims can be made on the following grounds:

  • Misdiagnosis or inadequate diagnosis that led to further physical or mental deterioration
  • Surgical malpractice
  • Malpractice during child delivery
  • Usage of faulty medical equipment
  • Administering of wrong medication or incorrect dosage recommendation

The victim party is entitled to the following claims:

  • Corrective medical treatment/surgery
  • Rehabilitation
  • Loss of livelihood
  • Loss of wages due to the harm caused
  • Support for dependents of the injured party

There are other forms of claims that the Irish board for personal injury awards, like being in an accident while on a holiday or getting hurt due to a hazardous environment while on someone else’s property. However, irrespective of what claim you are making, it helps to have a professional guide you through the steps. It is often hard to concentrate on the multiple fine lines of the justice system, while recovering from a debilitating personal injury.

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