Frequently Asked Questions
LawPlus Solicitors make the claims process as simple and straightforward as possible. This page gives you some general guidance about the most commonly asked questions. If you have a question that isn’t answered here, you can call us on 1890 252467
Cases can settle at any stage, where it is practical to do so. Generally, this is determined by the Defendant’s willingness to settle the case or by the circumstances of the accident and/or if liability is admitted
At LawPlus we believe it is for you to choose on what basis you engage your solicitor. We won’t insist that you visit our offices. Subject to the usual verification of identity regulations, your case can be dealt with by phone, email etc.
When your claim is settled or concluded, LawPlus will work to ensure that your monies are paid quickly by the Defendant. Read More about the new guidelines
Your claim will be investigated by a dedicated accident claims solicitor.
Our solicitors will try to settle your claim as quickly as possible. Many low value claims can be settled in just a few months. If, however, you have been involved in a severe accident, it will probably take longer. Every case is different and your solicitor will be able to tell you the average time it takes to settle your type of case.
Your LawPlus solicitor will do most of this for you. You will have to check the details of your claim, but your solicitor will help you with this.
If your solicitor advises you that you are unlikely to win your claim, LawPlus Solicitors will decline your case and there will be no legal fees payable. If you instruct us but later decide not to continue with your claim, you might have to pay for the work done on your claim to date.
If your claim is successful, you will be awarded compensation. Such awards are intended to put you in the same financial position in which you would have been had your accident not occurred.
It’s impossible to value your case until we have details of your claim. Your LawPlus solicitor will be able to discuss this with you and give you more detailed advice.
Before commencing Court proceedings in Ireland for personal injury claims, application (with the exception of a personal injury arising out of medical negligence) must be made first to the Injuries Board (formerly known as the Personal Injuries Assessment Board or PIAB). The Injuries Board is an independent government body which assesses the amount of compensation due to a person who has suffered a personal injury*.
The Injuries Board can deal only with matters where there is no dispute on liability, as they do not hear cases. In the event that the defendants agree, an assessment of damages can be carried out by the Injuries Board without the necessity of proceeding to Court. Either party may reject this assessment, choosing instead to go to the Courts.
In the case of complicated cases, or where the defendant denies any wrongdoing, the Injuries Board plays no further part and the case may go to the Courts.
It is not the role of the Injuries Board to advise you on your claim or how best to present your case.
* In contentious issues, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement. This statement is made in compliance with Reg.8 of SI 518 of 2002
If you are thinking about making a claim for compensation, it is important to get legal advice as soon as you can. This is because you must start proceedings within the time limits set down by the Statute of Limitations.
If you are concerned about whether you still have time to claim, contact LawPlus Solicitors as soon as possible and we can advise you.
You can only claim compensation for an accident if a person or organisation is at least partly to blame for the damage you sustained.
In a road traffic accident*, for example, you would have an entitlement to pursue a claim if you were hit from behind.
You should get legal advice before you contact the person or organisation you think caused the accident or before replying to any letters or offers to settle your claim.
If we believe you have no case we will tell you immediately as it will not be in your interest to pursue a case if you have little chance of being successful.
Alternatively, you can simply Request a Call Back or Make An Enquiry online and we will contact you to discuss your accident claim with you and answer any questions you might have.