What is a “personal injury”* and can I claim compensation?
Personal Injury* is the legal term used to describe and injury to the body, mind or emotions which has been caused by the fault of another person or entity. Put another way, personal injuries* include soft tissue damage to the muscles or skeleton of the body; cuts, bruising and scars; fracture injuries; sprains, ligament or tendon damage; brain/head/ facial injuries; quadriplegic and paraplegic injuries; amputations; loss of a limb/organ/hearing/sight/sense of smell; dental injuries; injuries caused by medical negligence*; occupational stress; depressive disorders; psychological trauma including post traumatic stress disorder.
The most common types of situations giving rise to a personal injury claims* include road traffic accidents*; accidents at work*; slip/trip accidents*; assaults*; defective footpaths/public areas*; defective products, i.e. food poisoning; medical and dental mistakes or misdiagnoses*.
If you have suffered a personal injury* as a result of the fault of another person or entity you may be entitled to compensation* through the Injuries Board or through the Civil Courts. The level of compensation* you may be entitled to will depend upon the severity of the personal injuries* suffered, the medical treatment involved and the prognosis for recovery. If your claim for personal injury* is successful you will be entitled to compensation* for Pain, Suffering and Loss of Amenity to-date and into the future PLUS any out of pocket expenses incurred, i.e. medical bills, loss of earnings.
Please see the example cases we have set out to give you a better understanding of the types of claims* that attract compensation*, what is involved and potential outcomes.
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*In contentious business, 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 the SI 518 or 2002.