The following articles illustrate how the Injuries Board does not always get it right:-
Road Traffic Accident leads to an award of €61,000
Declan a Garda, was injured in a road traffic accident and suffered a severe soft tissue injury to his shoulder and lower back. His case was complicated in that he also suffered psychological trauma. The matter was submitted to the Injuries Board where they assessed his general damages in the sum of €22,500. Declan was unsure whether he should accept the damages awarded to him as he was still had ongoing in his shoulder. However, he was concerned with issuing court proceedings. Having sought our advice Declan decided to issue court proceedings. Within 18 months, his case settled for €61,000.
Road Traffic Accident leads to an award of €100,000
A client suffered injuries to his neck and back in a road traffic accident. He was initially offered a sum of money by the Injuries Board. The assessment by the Injuries Board was rejected by our client after we advised him it was insufficient to compensate him for injuries. High Court proceedings were subsequently issued and a settlement achieved prior to hearing securing a settlement nearly 100% more than what the Injuries Board initially awarded him.
A minor receives an award of €15,000
Tracey was a six year old girl playing outside the family home on her three wheeled “flicker” scooter. She was travelling down a footpath perpendicular to the road when she was struck by a car. Tracy sustained substantial injuries to her right foot. The Defendant declined to have the injuries assessed by the Injuries Board. The case was submitted to the Circuit Court and the Judge awarded €15,000 in damages.
Road Traffic Accident leads to an award of €80,000
Keith was injured in a road traffic accident and suffered a severe fracture to his right ankle. Due to the severity of Keith’s injuries he required rehabilitation so he was unable to work.
The award from the Injuries Board was rejected by the client after receiving advice from Hughes Murphy Solicitors and his case proceeded in the High Court.. Before the case went into court it settled for €80,000.
These cases show the importance of not being afraid to reject any awards made by the Injuries Board.