The Injuries Board will set out in their covering letter to you why your case is not being assessed and why an Authorisation (this is the legal document that allows you to issue Court proceedings) is being issued. The most likely reasons are as follows:
They are unable to deal with your claim. This can be for a variety of reasons-perhaps the Respondent (person you hold responsible for your accident) was not correctly named, or their address was not correct or there is some important documentation missing from your application such as a medical report or your fee was not paid. If this happens it is important to contact us immediately as the time in which to take your case to Court is running against you. It may be necessary to complete your Application correctly and re-lodge it with the Injuries Board.
They have assessed your claim. Once the Injuries Board put a value on your claim they will inform you and the Respondent of amount of the Assessment and then you have 28 days in which to accept or reject the amount of the assessment and The Respondent (other party) has 21 days in which to accept or reject the assessment. Once you get your Assessment you should contact us immediately and we will assist you in evaluating whether you should settle your claim at that time and whether the assessment is a fair offer for your injury and losses. If the assessment is accepted by both the Applicant and the Respondent then an Order to Pay the assessed amount issues from the injuries . If either the Applicant or the Respondent refuses the assessment then the Application is released from the Injuries Board. When the Application is released you are provided with an Authorisation and it is necessary to keep this document safe as it will be needed when court proceedings have to be issued. If you have received an Authorisation, you should contact us immediately.
Your application may have been accepted by the Injuries Board as being a valid claim but could be released from the Injuries Board before assessment for various reasons including:
- You have not used the correct legal name of the Respondent. Remember, if you submit the application to the Injuries Board yourself and fail to name the correct person/legal entity that is liable to compensate you, you will lose your right to compensation once the Statute of Limitations expires. The Injuries Board never advises you if you are suing the correct person/legal entity – we as your Solicitor always will;
- There may be a question about liability i.e. who is responsible for your accident. People don’t realise (and the Injuries Board Never tell you), that the person/legal entity liable to compensate you, may agree to have your case assessed by the Injuries Board,, wait on your assessment and then turn around (after 9-15 months) and reject the assessment and deny liability. You, who acted in good faith, are then left in the position that you need to instruct us to issue Court proceedings, but during the 9-15 months Injuries Board process, vital evidence that is essential to prove your case will not be preserved. Instructing us immediately will ensure this does not happen.
- Investigations could be ongoing regarding your accident.
- Your injuries may not be fully recovered in the time period that is set out for the Injuries Board to assess your claim
What should you do?
It is important that you contact Gary Matthews Solicitors immediately and we will explain to you why your case was released and what you should do next. You usually have two years from the date of your accident to lodge and have your application acknowledged by the Injuries Board. When the claim is released by the Injuries Boards other time limits apply and it is important to take legal advice from us as soon as possible to avoid the time limits expiring. If the time limits expires, your right to obtain compensation ceases.
We will be able to advise you why your case was released from the the Injuries Board, whether you have used the correct legal name of the Respondent in your application, whether you have included all potential respondents, the merits of your case, what difficulties there may be with liability, the value of your injury and losses or whether further investigations should be carried out. Furthermore we will advise you of the costs and outlays likely to arise in bringing proceedings, and your chances of success or failure in any potential proceedings.
We will also ensure you claim for your entire out of pocket expenses and that you have valid proof of all such expenses. We will then fully brief a Barrister with details of your claim- the circumstances, the other parties involved, the injuries and out of pocket losses incurred. Your Barrister will evaluate your case again and give you the benefit of their further advices and will draft the relevant proceedings.
We will review the proceedings with you and they will be issued in the Court that best reflects the value of your case – District Court up to €15,000; Circuit Court over €15,000 and up to €60,000 and the High Court for cases worth in excess of €60,000.