Frequently Asked Questions
Taking legal action is a serious step. When considering making a personal injury claim, it’s natural you will have some questions.
With so much mis-information and myth around making compensation claims, it’s important you establish the facts, before you decide to make a claim.
We offer a no obligation initial consultation with one of our specialist personal injury solicitors. If we think you have grounds to make a claim for compensation and you decide to instruct us, we will work on a conditional fee agreement – “no win, no fee” basis.
Yes, the injury must have occurred within the last 3 years however there are exceptions to this rule which can be discussed with your solicitor.
If you are making a claim on behalf of a child, the claim must be brought forward to our solicitors within three years of the child’s 18th birthday (i.e. before the child turns 21).
If on the other hand, you are making a claim on behalf of a deceased person then the claim can be made within three years of the date of death.
In some exceptional cases a personal injury claim may be brought outside of the time limits, in which case court consent will be required.
A claim for compensation to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) must be submitted within 2 years from the date of the assault. The victim (or somebody on their behalf) must inform the Police of the incident as soon as is reasonably practicable.
If you have in any way contributed towards your own accident and thus subsequent personal injuries, you may still make a claim but may not receive the full amount of compensation. How much compensation you receive will depend on the extent to which your own actions have been negligent.
At Mooneerams solicitors we will require as much information as possible about your injury and the circumstances surrounding it. Most importantly, we will need medical evidence to prove the extent of your injuries and as a result will sometimes need your GP and/or hospital notes.
If possible please also provide details of any witnesses together with any photographic evidence which will help to strengthen your personal injury claim case.
In the event that you have been injured by a defective product you will need to keep a receipt of the purchase together with any other information regarding the product.
You will also need to provide evidence of any financial losses incurred as a result of your injury e.g. taxi expenses, loss of earnings etc.
In addition to compensation for injuries sustained you can also claim for ‘out-of-pocket expenses’ such as travel expenses, loss of earnings, pain relief, damaged belongings, the cost of care etc.
Please remember to keep a list of all the expenses incurred including receipts for items purchased. If you have been cared for by a family member or friend, you may be able to claim for their help too.
In some instances it is possible to receive interim support. If for example, you are unable to work as a result of your injury it may be possible to receive some financial assistance at an early stage of the process and prior to settlement.