Highly Experienced Personal Injury Solicitors
McCarthy + Co. is a team of specialist personal injury solicitors with extensive experience in dealing with accident and injury claims. Whether you have been injured and you wish to make a claim immediately or you require more information on the process involved, you can get in touch with us today. Either call us on 1800 390 555, request a callback or click the Send Us a Message button and we will respond to you with advice on taking the next steps.
If you have suffered an injury that was someone else’s fault, it may be possible for you to bring a compensation claim. You should seek legal advice as soon as possible for the best chance of eventually settling a claim successfully, whether your injury was as a result of negligence on the part of your employer, as a result of a road traffic accident, or a slip or fall in a public space.
An injury could make it difficult or impossible for you to work and could have long-term effects on your health. This could massively affect your quality of life and Irish law offers protection to those who suffer an injury that was someone else’s fault. Our team of personal injury solicitors in Dublin and Cork can provide you with advice and guidance, having worked on a huge number of cases and with a high rate of successfully settling claims.
Our team have expertise in the following key areas:
If you’ve experienced an injury at work you may have certain questions in mind regarding your employer’s responsibilities and whether you are eligible to make a claim against them. At McCarthy + Co. we provide expert guidance to a broad range of working professionals including: teachers and educational staff; nurses and healthcare assistants; emergency services personnel including firefighters, members of An Garda Siochana and paramedics; as well as those working in a multitude of commercial and industrial environments.
If you have suffered an injury whilst driving, cycling or walking on a public road or pathway, you may be liable to make a claim against the person responsible for your injury. Our team of personal injury solicitors are highly experienced at instigating claims relating to many different types of road related incidents including: car, motorbike, railway, cycling and public transport accidents as well as specific types of injuries such as whiplash.
A serious injury can have a devastating impact on the individual who experiences the trauma. If you, or a member of your family, have suffered a serious injury, you may be entitled to make a compensation claim against the liable party. We have a high rate of success in helping individuals to successfully settle claims for many different types of serious injury, including: bone fractures; spinal cord injuries; injuries resulting in amputation of an arm or leg; brain & head injuries; as well as fatal accidents.
If you have suffered an injury at home or on holiday, caused by a faulty product or service provider, you may be liable to make a claim against the organisation responsible for your injury. We also have a high rate of success in setting claims relating to: holiday accidents; injuries occurring on private or commercial flights; injuries caused by defective products and negligence cases resulting in diseases such as asbestosis.
If you are not yet ready to speak to a solicitor about your accident or injury, we have prepared various items of helpful information that you may find useful for ascertaining your rights and the responsibilities of those who caused your injury. This includes guides to: submitting your claim to the injuries board; completing Form A; settling your claim early; and the meaning of vicarious liability.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How do personal injury claims work?
If you have suffered a personal injury caused by the negligence of someone else you are entitled to be compensated by them for the damage that they have caused you. This is your legal right. You are obliged to notify the person you believe is responsible for the injury in writing within one month. You must then lodge a claim with the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) within two years of the incident giving rise to the injury. If the PIAB issues an assessment that is acceptable to you and the other party the matter ends there. If not, the claim can then be pursued by court proceedings.
Q. How many personal injury claims go to court?
Very few personal injury claims go to court. All personal injury claims must first be submitted to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) and most claims are resolved at that stage. If the claim is not admitted by the person you believe is responsible, or if the amount awarded by the PIAB is not acceptable to you, you may then proceed to court proceedings in respect of your claim. Even then, however, most court proceedings are settled before the case is ever heard in court and only a very small percentage of overall cases ever end up on in court.
Q. Is there a time limit to making a personal injury claim?
You are obliged to notify the person you believe is responsible for the injury in writing within one month. You must then lodge a claim with the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) within two years of the incident giving rise to the injury.
Q. Can I make a personal injury claim for emotional distress?
If you suffered a physical injury, you are entitled to be compensated for pain and suffering suffered by you as a result and this can include psychological effects that your injuries may have on you. If you have not suffered a physical injury but were physically present when a close relative suffered a serious physical injury, you may be entitled to bring a claim for nervous shock in certain cases.
Q. Do I need a solicitor to make a personal injury claim?
No, you do not need a solicitor to make a personal injury claim. You can lodge a claim to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board without a solicitor. However, it would be prudent to seek legal advice to establish whether the involvement of a personal injury solicitor would be likely to result in a better outcome for you in the circumstances of your case.
Q. Is there an impartial service or helpline for general advice?
All personal injury claims in Ireland must be lodged to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) in the first instance. The PIAB is an independent and impartial government body established to assess personal injury claims where there is an agreement by all parties to the claim to do so. The PIAB will not provide advice but it will deal with claimants directly without the necessity for a solicitor.
Q. What is meant by personal injury in tort?
Tort is the system of legal liability for wrongs done by one party to another. Negligence is a form of tort and most personal injury claims are based in negligence. A personal injury claim in the tort of negligence arises where one party causes personal injury to another by failing to observe the standard of care that the law expects. For instance, driving a motor vehicle without due care or failing to provide a safe system of work for employees would be regular examples of instances of negligence that give rise to personal injury claims in tort.
Q. What is the role of insurance in personal injury claims?
If the injuries are caused by a road traffic accident, all vehicle owners are obliged to have insurance for this risk. If the accident happened at work or in a public place, all responsible employers or property owners will also have insurance for this purpose. Most personal injury claims are then covered by insurance and it is the insurance company who will handle the claim. However, in law, the claim must be made against the insured party who caused the personal injury and not their insurance company.
About McCarthy + Co
With more than 30 years of experience in dealing with personal injury claims, McCarthy + Co. has expertise in a wide variety of fields including workplace and road traffic accidents. We are a family-run business, who pride ourselves on offering honest, impartial and helpful advice.
Our offices are based in Dublin and Cork but we have worked with clients throughout Ireland in locations ranging from Galway to Waterford. You can count on us for legal advice, guidance and assistance on any form of personal injury.
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