If you or a member of your family has suffered a personal injury*, you are entitled to make a claim. At Gibson & Associates we aim to make the personal injury* claims process transparent and stress free. Read on to learn about the process of claiming for personal injury* and how we can help make the process as easy and stress-free as possible for you.
Generally there are 2 options when making a personal injury* claim;
- File a claim with the Personal Injuries Assessment Board, (the PIAB), otherwise known as the Injuriesboard.ie
- File a claim through a solicitor
On this page, we take you through the two options and provide you with all the information you need about making a personal injury* claim with Gibson & Associates
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- Why use a solicitor instead of going through the injuries board yourself?
- Why use Gibson & Associates
- The Gibson & Associates Team
- The Claims Process
Why use a solicitor for a personal injury* claim instead of going through the Injuriesboard.ie?
Solicitors are experts when it comes to personal injury* and are therefore the best people to manage your legal query. To be certain you’re choosing a reputable firm that you can trust, check that they have a practising certificate issued by the Law Society of Ireland. If you cannot see it, you are well within your rights to ask to see it.
Solicitors are aware of all the legal pitfalls, important details and customs that are part of the personal injury* claims process. This is what enables them to secure the compensation you deserve for your claim. If you’re approaching the injury board on your own, you have little way of knowing how much you’ll be able to claim and whether the amount initially quoted is reasonable or not.
You will find it difficult to predict the amount of costs along the way and could be shocked by a big bill at the end. A solicitor will be aware of the regular costs associated with a claim and be able to advise throughout your claim.
Using a solicitor from the start is the most efficient way, meaning that you don’t waste time or money. A solicitor will be able to wade through all the legal jargon, negotiate on your behalf and be fully aware of the legal timeframes and deadlines.
In many cases, an insurance company will contact you on the respondent’s behalf in order to make a quick settlement. (The respondent is the person against whom you’re making the claim.) It’s all too easy to feel pressured into accepting this initial offer, which may be far below what you are actually entitled to. A solicitor will have a much better idea of what you should receive and work hard to ensure you get it.
Why use Gibson & Associates?
Gibson & Associates are one of Ireland’s leading personal injury* solicitors and law firms. Our team will use their experience and expertise to ensure you benefit from the best possible outcome. We have a wealth of expertise, from the top down. Find out more about our team.
We are extremely well respected and trusted solicitors who are members of the Law Society of Ireland, Law Society of Northern Ireland, Law Society of England and Wales, as well as being members of APIL and the Dublin Bar Association. We are proud to have the quality mark of ‘Excellence in Legal Practice Management and Client Care’. This is a voluntary quality standard and means that we are committed to raising and continuously improving the quality of advice and service we offer. We are independently assessed every year and undertake training to ensure the standards of service we offer remain excellent.
We have offices in Dublin and Donegal and our solicitors are also happy to travel to meet you at your convenience.
We are proud to be a part of our local community and are actively involved in helping individuals with personal injury* claims, as well as local businesses with legal matters. Read more about our pro bono work here.
Gibson & Associates pride ourselves on being transparent when it comes to costs. We offer a free consultation and will provide you with practical funding options. We are always transparent about our costs and fees so there are no nasty surprises at the end of a case. Remember that we operate on a no win no fee basis so if we do not win your personal injury* case, you will not pay.
Gibson & Associates has a team of specialists with over 30 years experience, who are highly competent, responsive and efficient. They will work hard to carry out your personal injury* claim with as little stress as possible. Combining extensive knowledge with a highly collaborative team, we’ll ensure you receive the claim that you are entitled to.
Amanda Walsh (left)
Personal litigation and personal injury* expert, with vast experience. Heads up the Dublin office.
Kevin McElhinney (right)
Very experienced with employment tribunals and an expert personal injury* practitioner.
Our team of Personal Injury* Solicitors also includes:
- Caroline Reilly McGlynn: Experienced in personal injury* and litigation.
- Sinead Shaw: Litigation and personal injury* expert.
- Lisa McBride: Personal injury* and litigation expert. Specialist knowledge and experience in dealing with claims for RTAs, work accidents and public liability claims.
Our team have many years experience working with people across Ireland to win them the compensation they deserve. Read what our clients have to say about us here. Or read about some of our success stories.
The Personal Injury* Claims Process With Gibson & Associates
If you choose Gibson & Associates to deal with your personal injury* claim, here is the process that we will take you through:
Consultation & Meeting
The first step is to arrange a face to face meeting or phone consultation to get a better understanding of your case and the injuries you have suffered.
The next stage is to get a medical report from a professional. Gibson & Associates can arrange this for you.
Present Case to Injury Board
Gibson & Associates will work to pull together a case for your compensation. We use our experience and insight to present the best case possible to the board.
Injury Board Assessment & Quote
The Injury Board will assess how much compensation your case is likely to win.
Accept or Reject The Offer
At this point, we need to make a decision around whether to accept the offer or not. We will talk through the offer with you and give an honest assessment of whether we feel the offer is fair. You have 28 days to accept or reject the offer.
- If you choose to accept the offer, an Order to Pay will be sent to the other party and you will receive your compensation
- If you choose not to accept the offer, the case may be taken to court.
Once we feel we have reached a fair outcome, whether through the Injury Board or through the court, you will then be awarded compensation.
For expert legal advice regarding your personal injury*, get in touch with the team by phone on 1890 989 289 and we’ll be happy to help. If you prefer you can complete our Online Enquiry Form or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement