Understanding Personal Injury Claims in Ireland

In the aftermath of an accident, dealing with the fallout can be stressful and confusing. Between medical appointments, paperwork, and emotional distress, it’s a challenging time. If you have been injured in an accident in Ireland, it’s essential to understand your rights and how to seek compensation. Here at Michael Kelleher Solicitors, we offer a caring and professional service to help you navigate the process of personal injury claims.


Types of Personal Injury Claims

Personal injury claims can arise from a variety of incidents. We deal with all types of injury claims, such as:

  • Road Traffic Accident Claims
  • Workplace Accident Claims
  • Public Liability Accident Claims
  • Slip and Trip Claims
  • Product Liability Claims
  • Fatal Injury Claims and Inquests
  • Accidents Involving Children
  • Animal Attack Injury Claims
  • Holiday Accident Claims
  • Travel and Accident Abroad Claims
  • Workplace Stress and Bullying Claims
  • Untraced/Uninsured Driver Claims
  • Pedestrian Accident Claims
  • Catastrophic Injury Claims


Types of Injuries

The severity and nature of injuries sustained in an accident can greatly vary. They can range from orthopaedic injuries like neck, back, and limb injuries, to head injuries, psychiatric damage, and injuries resulting in foreshortened life expectancy. It is critical to get a comprehensive understanding of the injuries sustained to ensure that any compensation claim adequately covers the harm suffered.


Time Limits for Personal Injury Claims

The time limit within which to bring a claim for personal injuries is typically 2 years from the date of the accident or the date of knowledge of the injury. Time will stop running once a claim is lodged with the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) and acknowledged as complete and received. It is vital a claim is commenced within the appropriate time period, otherwise it will become Statute barred.


The Process of Making a Claim

  1. Letter of Claim: A letter of claim must be served on the party or parties deemed responsible within one month from the date of the cause of action.

  2. Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB): The Personal Injuries Assessment Board is an independent state body which assesses personal injury compensation.

  3. Court Proceedings: If the case remains in dispute, court proceedings may be necessary. We have the expertise to provide you with advice tailored to the individual circumstances of your claim.

  4. Liability and Quantum: In any personal injuries action, in order to succeed it will be necessary to demonstrate negligence and/or breach of duty on the part of the party deemed responsible.

  5. Legal Costs: Legal costs are a crucial factor to consider. While some costs may be covered if your claim is successful, others will be your responsibility.


At Michael Kelleher Solicitors, we understand the complexities involved in personal injury claims. Our team of experienced solicitors is committed to guiding you through the process, ensuring your rights are protected and helping you seek the compensation you deserve.

If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, don’t hesitate to contact us for a consultation. We’re here to help.