At Porter Morris, our experienced solicitors will advise and guide you through each step of your personal injuries claim to ensure that you achieve the best outcome possible.
Personal injuries* litigation typically deals with claims relating to road traffic accidents, medical negligence claims, injuries at work, injuries relating to post traumatic stress disorder etc.
All personal injuries* claims, with a few exceptions, must initially be submitted to the Injuries Board, formerly known as the Personal Injuries Assessment Board or PIAB. Any of the following outcomes then occur:
- An offer of compensation is made which is accepted. In this case, the matter is concluded once the compensation has been paid over to the injured party.
- No offer of compensation is made or an offer of compensation is made which is not accepted. In this case the personal injuries claim comes out of the Injuries Board process and an authorisation issues allowing the injured party to issue Court proceedings to pursue his claim.
- The Injuries Board decides not to deal with the claim, usually because the claim relates to injuries of a psychiatric or psychological nature, to alleged medical negligence or for some other reason. In such case, the personal injuries claim is not processed by the Injuries Board and the injured party is authorised to issue Court proceedings to pursue his claim.
Very often individuals who have suffered personal injuries* will have no previous experience of the Injuries Board or the Courts. They may need legal advice and assistance to help them through the Injuries Board process and, of course, to issue and run the Court proceedings for them if their claim is not processed successfully through the Injuries Board.
Typically, when acting for clients in personal injuries* claims, either acting for the Plaintiff or when acting for the Defendant, solicitors will need to engage other experts to prepare reports and to give evidence in Court. Such experts could include engineers, doctors, actuaries, vocational or occupational assessors, architects, nursing specialists and accountants or some of these.
Personal injuries* can have a devastating effect on a person. In addition to the physical pain and suffering, personal injuries* sustained in an accident or other event can be extremely disruptive to a person’s lifestyle, work and family life. At Porter Morris we are keenly aware of this. Our experienced solicitors will advise and guide you through each step of your personal injuries* claim to ensure that you achieve the best outcome possible.
* In contentious business a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.