If you are reading this, you may have been personally injured* in an accident and are now questioning what your legal options are.
If you have been injured as a result of the actions of someone else, you will have suffered what is termed a Tort, which is a civil wrong, which basically means you will have a right to recover damages for this wrong. Tort law is there to protect people from harm and injury and attach legal responsibility to anyone who causes the harm.
Any type of accident can be covered by tort law such as, if you have an accident in a car, or as a pedestrian or an accident at work.
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If you have been in an accident and are injured and someone else caused your accident, you should be compensated for the injury and the disturbance to your life. This disturbance could be loss of work, loss of a hobby or various other things. A real life example could be a chef who especially needs his hands for work and one day, while driving home, he is hit by another car and suffers an injury to his hand. If you take proceedings against the party who has caused your injury and it goes to Court, the Judge hearing the case will consider the extent of the pain and discomfort caused to you by your injury and in addition will consider the impact of the accident on your work life, your social life, and personal life in making an assessment of damages.
Your Solicitor’s job is to ensure that the offending party is held legally responsible for causing the accident.
You won’t need a Solicitor if the offending party agrees to compensate you for causing the accident and liability is admitted and you are happy with the compensation offered. Now being Solicitors, we would advise you to seek advice from a Solicitor to ascertain if the offer of compensation is fair.
If on the other hand, the person who caused the injury does not agree to compensate you, you will need a Solicitor unless you decide to pursue the matter yourself.
Your case could be decided by the Personal Injuries* Board which would mean that you would not need to attend a hearing of any sort and the Injuries Board can direct the offending party to pay you a certain amount of compensation. If the case is not dealt with by the Injuries Board, you will have to go to the District Court, Circuit Court or High Court to establish that the offending party is legally responsible for the accident and must pay the compensation. If the offending party, once the Order has been granted decides not to pay, your Solicitor can help you with what is termed enforcing the Order to ensure that you get the compensation.
Personal Injuries * In contentious business, a Solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.
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