Mulroy and Company Solicitors Galway – Specialists in Personal Injury Claims*
Mulroy and Company Personal Injury Solicitors are based in Galway and specialise in personal injury claims and settlements.
If you or a member of your family has suffered a personal injury due to negligence of another party, you may be entitled to compensation for injury and loss. Mulroy and Company Personal Injury Solicitors are in a position to advise you if amount offered to settle your claim is fair for the loss and injury suffered.
You can read more about what you are entitled to receive if you are successful in your personal injury claim here.
We are here to help. Please do not hesitate to telephone Mulroy and Company Personal Injuries Solicitors at 091 – 586760 or email us to discuss your claim.
Often, after the accident occurs, you may be discouraged from seeking the assistance of a solicitor or are put under pressure from an insurance company to accept a settlement.
After an incident where you suffered loss and injury, how will you know if you have a personal injury case? This is clearly the first question you will have asked yourself.
Although you may have spoken to friends and heard you have a case, it is strongly advised that you seek the legal advice of a solicitor competent in this area of personal injury settlements*.
Should you suffer a loss, injury or expense as a result of another person, you may be able to seek compensation from that person for such personal injury and loss. In most personal injury cases the other party will be represented by an insurance company.
However, it is vital that before accepting any compensation from an insurance company that you obtain advice from a personal injury law firm. The insurance company is most likely making an offer to settle the case now as it fears it may have to make a higher offer in the future.
Never settle a claim without obtaining legal advice.
Here at Mulroy and Company Personal Injury Solicitors, we specialise in personal injury claims and it is our job to make sure that you are informed about the incident in question and we can clarify whether you have a personal injury case. If so it is also our job to ensure you are fully compensated for the loss arising from your injury.
From our initial meeting regarding the accident, a very clear image of liability may emerge. Many personal injury cases are clear from that first day, in that there was an injury suffered and as a result they will succeed in being fully compensated. A good example of this would be where a person suffers from a whiplash type injury following a road traffic accident involving two cars where one party collides into the rear of the other car. In this rear-end type accident liability will almost always rest with the party that collided into the rear of the car in front.
We will also set out at this stage the likely costs involved.
In other cases, who is responsible for the accident may not be entirely clear. In such cases liability may have to be agreed between the parties and where such agreement cannot be reached, liability will have to be apportioned by the courts. It may be the case that the Claimant is held to be contributory negligent. This may often be alleged with bicycle accidents for instance. In another example, you may have an accident at work where you failed to follow correct procedures but your employer failed to provide a safe system of work. You can read more about contributory negligence here.
Mulroy and Company Personal Injury Solicitors have quality information on our website to help you inform yourself on the issues surrounding personal injury claims and the process of making a claim. You can make a selection from the following personal injury areas to learn more:
- Road Traffic Accident
- Accident at Work
- Accidents in Public Places
- Fatal Injuries Claims
- Medical Negligence
An experienced solicitor who specialises in personal injury* claims is well placed to advise you if a settlement offer is fair, and to let you know what your options are if it isn’t. It is vital to remember that insurance companies employ a wide range of experts from claims managers, motor vehicle assessors, actuaries and medical advisors to represent them and if you have had an accident it is important that you are represented also.
If you are considering making an application to the Injuries Board, here are a few reasons why it is important to have a solicitor represent you:
Firstly, it may seem easy to fill out the Injuries Board Form A Application Form yourself, but what you might not know is that the Injuries Board require that each application must come with a medical report which is prepared by a medical practitioner. It is essential that this report be completed by the right medical professional.
What you might not know going to fill out the Injuries Board application, is that your claim is assessed solely by documentation and not by oral hearing. This means that it is vital to have the correct information regarding your claim from the very start. If something is not correctly identified, such as a out of pocket expense then you may not be able to recover it.
Secondly did you know that if you do not make a claim in the correct time, you will likely be statute barred from making a claim at all? Under the Statute of Limitations and Civil Liability Acts there are strict time limits to taking claims which must be adhered to.
Luckily, a personal injury solicitor will be able to advise you on deadlines before you are statute barred from taking a claim. They will also advise you on how they relate to your individual case. The Personal Injuries Assessment Board application is not always as straight forward as you may think which is why you should seek a solicitor’s advice to help you begin your claim.
Thirdly when the Injuries Board make an assessment on your claim, they do so based on all the documentation provided. Their assessment of the medical evidence is not made out of the blue, but is required by law to be guided by the Book of Quantum. However, the Book of Quantum only gives minimum and maximum values, meaning each case is dealt with on its own circumstances.
When the assessment of damages is made and received by the claimant there are only 28 days to accept it. If you do not accept it within this period, this is taken to be a rejection of the assessment. If you have no solicitor to advise you on the quality of this assessment it is possible you could be awarded compensation lower than you should be owed. This could happen without solicitor guidance because the Injuries Board do not advise whether the assessment is a good, bad or fair assessment.
Always remember that the purpose of the Injuries Board is to reduce the costs of claims to the insurance industry.
Advice from Mulroy Personal Injury Solicitors can help you make a clear decision on whether to accept or reject the assessment. We will also advise what implications there may be of accepting or rejecting an assessment
In summary, a claim for personal injury is complicated and this is where we at Mulroy and Company Personal Injury Solicitors in Galway can be of assistance.
The advice of Mulroy and Company Personal Injury Solicitor is simple – Never settle a claim without obtaining legal advice.
Mulroy and Company Personal Injury Solicitors are here to help. Please do not hesitate to telephone us at 091 – 586760 or email us to discuss your claim.
* In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.