PERSONAL INJURY / ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENT
Our aim is to give you clear and honest advice as to whether you are entitled to legal recourse as a result of an injury you have received due to the negligence of another party. Whether your injury is from an accident while on Holiday, Slip and Fall, Injured at work or road traffic accident but to name a few, we would be more than delighted to take your case for you. We have many connections within the Insurance Industry, and therefore we can offer you clear and precise advice as to how best to deal with your case.
The Claims Process made simple:
Once you make contact with Lalloo & Co Solicitors, we will arrange for you to meet with an experienced Solicitor in Personal Injury Law at a time that suits you.
On meeting with you we will take a detailed note of the circumstances of your accident, and the circumstances in which your were caused to be injured. Once we have had a full consultation with you we will able to advise in relation to Liability (i.e. who do we think is at fault for the accident, and the likelihood of success on your part), Tactics (i.e. the best way to deal with your case) and Quantum (the estimated amount in compensation that you will be entitled for damages due to the injury sustained).
We will discuss such as issues and the Statute of Limitations (i.e. are you within the legal time frame to take your action) and advise in relation to this.
Once the above is discussed a, Form A (Injuries Board Application Form) will then be completed with the assistance of a Solicitor.
We will then take up a medical report on your behalf from your GP or Hospital, and this is to hand, we will be in a position to send your application with the medical report and required fee to the injuries board.
Injuries Board Stage
The first steps in any Personal Injury claim is to apply to the Injuries Board. The board is an independent body that is set up to assess claims where liability is admitted only. Where an award is made, we will also advise on Quantum (i.e. examination of the award and weather the award made is sufficient compensation for your loss).
If the award is sufficient then the award is accepted. If not sufficient, then the award is rejected and an Authorisation will issue entitling you to issue proceedings as against the Defendant. That is were there is no dispute as to who caused the accident. These cases are called Assessment of Damages cases, and the board will make an award within its statutory time limit.
Where Liability is denied by a Defendant
This occurs where the Defendant (the person you are claiming from) denies that they/there servants or agents are the cause of your injury. Once the injuries board received correspondence from the Defendant stating that they do not Consent to the Assessment, then the Injuries Board will issue what is called an Authorisation under Section 14 of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board Act 2003.
Once this is received the Statute of Limitations will start to run again after 6 months from the date of the authorisation.
It is important then to proceed with the matter and this is done by way of proceedings.
Once we have received an authorisation on your behalf, we will then be in a position to draft the legal proceedings and have them issued in the appropriate jurisdiction. Once they are issued, they will be served on the Defendant and the legal process will proceed.
There are numerous steps to be taken during this process, and we will make sure that your case is dealt with pro-actively and efficiently keeping you up to date on all progress that is made.
We have extensive knowledge of the Personal Injury Process, at both Injuries Board level and at Legal Proceedings stage. We will make sure that you are provided with Counsel that are competent and have the experience that is required for your case, and we will also make sure that you are provided with expert witnesses (such as motor engineers, surveyors etc) that are very well respected in the industry should they be needed.
Settlement Meeting/Tenders or Lodgements
At such times, the Defendant may invite the Plaintiff (the person taking the action) to a settlement meeting. This is where the Defendant will try and settle you case, even where liability is unclear. i.e. they may offer 50% of the value of the injury because they are of the opinion that the cause of the injury should be split. We will advise you in relation to such meeting and offers as they occur.
In the case of a Tender/Lodgement, this is where the Defendant will put a sum of money to the Plaintiff by way of a formal document. The Plaintiff can then decide, after our advise if given, as to weather they accept this formal or not. In cases of a minor, the Judge will make a decision as to weather the offer is acceptable or not. Should the Tender not be accepted then the case will proceed as normal and it will go to Trial. There are costs issues in relation to these formal offers, and we will advise of same should this apply to your case.
To make matter easy in these busy times, we can provide a service that you can complete online to enable us to act on your behalf and seek the relevant compensation. This is only a starting point and of course as we will need to meet at an early stage of the process.
We aim to eliminate as much stress as possible for you, as we know that taking a case can be quite stressful for some people.
We can provide legal advise on the following non-exhaustive areas of personal injury:
Should you wish to start your case with with us we would ask you to follow the link Personal Injury Solicitor which will enable you make contact.
Please request a call back if you wish to discuss your accident and book a consultation for free.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU
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