Frequently Asked Questions
It can be a really worrying time straight after an accident or injury, when you’re starting a legal process. To help, here are some answers to the questions most people ask us. Remember, any time you want, you can just pick up the phone and speak to a solicitor.
- We will provide you with a quality service at affordable prices;
- We will issue you a quotation in advance for our services and if appropriate agree a fixed fee;
- We will issue you with a written opinion on your matter and outline the various steps involved in bringing your matter to a conclusion;
- We are committed to progressing your matter as efficiently as possible;
- We will fully explain the law to you and each procedure and stage in the process;
- We guarantee that you will be kept up to date on the progress of your case;
- We work to achieve the best possible outcome for you (our client).
In order to make a Personal Injury Claim in Ireland you have to make an application to the Injuries Board to assess your case. If we take your case on, all we ask is that you attend one medical appointment that we will organise and pay for on your behalf. Once we have obtained the necessary medical report we will present your case to the Injuries Board.
Once the application has been lodged, the Injuries Board will notify the other party of the application. If the other party decline to have your case assessed, the Injuries Board will issue an Authorisation which will allow you to issue legal proceedings against the other party in court. If the other side consents to the assessment, the Injuries board has up to a period of nine months in which to assess your claim.
If either party fails to accept the assessment of your claim, the Injuries Board will issue Authorisation to issue legal proceedings to allow the claim to proceed through the courts.
However, there are a few exceptions to this rule e.g. if you were under the age of 18 when the accident occurred you have two years from the date of your eighteenth birthday within which to make a claim. Or, you have two years from the “date of knowledge” that you sustained a personal injury.
It is essential you contact Gary Matthews Solicitors as soon as possible after your accident to ensure you receive the immediate advice you need.
At Gary Matthews Solicitors we handle every case on the basis that it will end up in court, however this is not always the case. The vast majority of cases settle before they reach court, either through a settlement meeting or on the morning of court.
Cases tend to go to court if the amount of compensation offered by the other party is inadequate or if no offer of compensation is made at all. If any offer of compensation is made by the other party we and your barrister will advise you as to whether we think you should accept or reject the offer, but ultimately the decision is yours.
The deadline can be extended for a few types of industrial disease claims, so it’s always worth contacting us even if you think two years have passed. For a disease case, a two-year time limit normally runs from the date you become aware that your condition is work related.
If you are claiming damages for personal injuries the answer is yes. Our primary concern is that you are ok! We will make and pay for all medical appointments we believe are necessary for you to attend, and we will do our best to ensure that all appointments are at time to suit you.