The firm has an unrivalled expertise in the area of Garda Compensation dating back to 1982 and thousands of cases have been processed successfully since that date.
History was created in 1987 when the firm brought home the first case of compensation for a member of An Garda Siochana who had contracted hepatitis as a result of contact with a contaminated needle. Such was the medical knowledge at that time the case was split with the Judge awarding interim damages and reviewing the case some ten years later before making the final award.
This firm was also involved in a number of recent test cases in the Garda Compensation list. These cases related to the increase in the number of claims arising out of the fear of contracting a blood borne virus.
As one of the offical Solicitors on the Panel of Solicitors with the Garda Representative Association we do not charge members of An Garda Siochana a professional fee. Should your claim be successful the State cover our costs, in the event that the Minister refuses your application we do not charge a professional fee for the work carried out on your behalf.
The Garda Compensation Process
Who can apply for Compensation
Members of An Garda Siochana who sustained injuries maliciously inflicted upon them in the performance of their duties or acting in their general capacity as a member of the force.
A member who is off duty and is assaulted by virtue of them being a member of the force may also apply for compensation.
Application for Compenstion & Time Limits
Under the terms of An Garda Siochana Act, 1941 applications must be submitted within three months of the date of the injury on duty.
The Minister has discretion to allow an application to be processed outside of the three month time limit however; this discretion is only used in very limited circumstances. Each case is reviewed by the Minister on a case by case basis.
Submission of Medical Reports
The member must submit medical reports in relation to their injuries and the claim will not be referred to the Chief Medical Officer until such time as a medical report detailing a final prognosis is submitted.
Review by the Chief Medical Officer
The Chief Medical Officer reviews all of the medical reports provided by the member and prepares a report of the member based on an examination by the Chief Medical Officer.
Authorisation from the Minister
If the Minister is of the opinion that the member sustained an injury that is not minor in nature, while on duty and was maliciously inflicted he will issue a certificate of Authorisation authorising the applicant to lodge proceedings in the High Court for compensation.
Possible Change to the Garda Compensation Scheme
It is proposed that the State Claims Agency take over the Garda Compensation Claims. Discussions are currently taking place between the Gardai authorities, the Department of Justice and the State Claims Agency.
Testimonials from members who have had made Garda Compensation Claims through our office:
“From my very first phone call with Julie and throughout the whole process, it couldn’t have been better. Julie was always available to answer any questions that I had when I phoned up which is something that I really appreciate”.
“I received regular updates from Julie as to the progress of my case. I would receive a letter and it would have the issues listed that I had to follow and get done. The letters were easy to read and understand and a lot of legal speak was omitted.”
Garda Compensation Legal Advice
Hughes Murphy Solicitors offers expert legal advice to all members of An Garda Siochana on Garda Compensation Claims. For further information on Garda Compensation or to make an appointment phone 1800 910 912 or submit the contact form below to arrange a callback.