Being the victim of a personal injury can be a stressful and worrying time, from dealing with an injury and the effects this has on your day to life therefore it is vital you receive a reward that reflects this. The expert team at Gary Matthews Solicitors are committed to ensuring each and every client receives the justice they deserve.
Our team offer independent, impartial advice and are available throughout your claims process to provide you with the information you need. There are many guidelines and penalties associated with the Injuries Board process, by appointing our team you confident that all paperwork will be done correctly.
Gary Matthews solicitors will work hard to achieve the most favourable outcome for you. We recognise that it can be a stressful time and are available at all times during the process to discuss your claim.
Our team will deal with all reports, costs and associated activity with settling the claim on your behalf. As experts we know if an assessment is fair to the claimant (you) and will ensure all guidelines are followed as the Injuries Board process can seem complicated to a non-legal expert.
The majority of cases never go to court, our expert team will settle your claim on your behalf with the Respondent – person or company at fault for the accident.
The Personal Injuries Board: Steps to settling a claim
The actual steps involved in the Injuries Board process depends on the circumstances of your injury, the response of the defendants, and the advice of your Solicitor regarding settlement offers from either the insurance company or Injuries Board. Put very simply, the basic steps are as follows:
1. You discuss your case with a Solicitor who will obtain all necessary instructions and who may hire experts to produce reports about the circumstances of your injury (like car crash assessment) and specialist medical report(s) (that will assess the longer term impact of your injuries);
2. Your Solicitor will obtain all the document(s) and report(s) required to submit your claim to the Injuries Board;
3. The Injuries Board will send a formal notice of your claim to the person or entity who you are claiming against;
4. The person you are claiming against or their representative (normally an insurance company) either consents or rejects to the Injuries Board assessing your case;
5. If the claim is rejected, then a formal notice is provided to you by the Injuries Board that then allows you to take the process forward through the Courts;
6. If the person you are claiming against agrees to the assessment, then the Injuries Board will arrange a medical examination and requests details of your out of pocket expense(s) before making an assessment;
7. Notice of the assessment is sent to you and the other party. You will need advice regarding whether the assessment is a fair offer (Where we provide advice to decline an award, it is based on 25 years’ experience of assessing the value of claims to achieve a more favourable outcome for our clients than the Injuries Board Assessment);
8. If all parties accept the Injuries Board assessment, then an “Order to Pay” is made and the case is settled after you receive payment;
9. If either you or the other party refuses to accept the Injuries Board assessment then you are at liberty to issue court proceedings in the normal way;
10. If your case is regarded as complicated, or likely to involve contributory negligence, then the Injuries Board will issue Authorisation which allows you to issue court proceedings.
When you appoint Gary Matthews Solicitors we will represent and deal with your case from beginning to end, be assured that we will get retrieve the best possible outcome for you. With over 25 years experience in personal injury claims we are experts in this field, ranging from minor cases to the most complex.
For Advice regarding a claim you can contact us on (01) 903 6250 or complete a Claim Form here.