Personal Injuries *
At Porter Morris LLP Solicitors, we 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 seeking compensation for injuries sustained in an accident, or arising out of negligence. This typically includes road traffic accidents, public place accidents, injuries at work and medical negligence claims.
All personal injuries claims, with a few exceptions, must initially be submitted to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (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 PIAB process and an authorisation issues allowing the injured party to issue Court proceedings to pursue his claim.
PIAB decides not to deal with the claim. In such case, the personal injuries claim is not processed by PIAB and the injured party is authorised to issue Court proceedings to pursue the claim.
Very often individuals who have suffered personal injuries will have no previous experience of PIAB or the Courts. They may need legal advice and assistance to help them through the PIAB process and, of course, to issue and run the Court proceedings for them if their claim is not processed successfully through PIAB.
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, the injuries can be extremely disruptive to a person’s lifestyle, work and family life. At Porter Morris LLP Solicitors we are keenly aware of this. We 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 costs as a percentage or proportion of any damages (or other monies) that may become payable, other than in a manner seeking only to recover a debt or liquidated demand.