Personal injury claims can be a long and difficult process, but it is important to remember that you have the right to seek compensation for any injury you have suffered. Knowing how long a personal injury claim can take can help you plan and prepare for the process.
In Ireland, the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) is the first step in the process of making a personal injury claim. PIAB is an independent body that assesses claims for compensation and makes recommendations to the parties involved. The respondent (the person you hold responsible for your injury) must consent to having the claim assessed by PIAB before the process can begin.
If the respondent does not want PIAB to assess your claim for compensation, you can take your claim to court. This is a more expensive and time-consuming process, and it is best to avoid it if possible.
On average, claims made to PIAB are assessed in just over 9 months from when the respondent consents to have the claim assessed by PIAB. This includes the time it takes for the respondent to provide all the necessary information to PIAB and for PIAB to make its assessment.
Once PIAB has made its assessment, the parties involved can accept or reject the recommendation. If the parties accept the recommendation, the claim is settled and the compensation is paid out. If the parties reject the recommendation, the claim can be taken to court.
The length of time it takes for a personal injury claim to be resolved in court can vary greatly depending on the complexity of the case and the court’s workload. On average, a personal injury claim can take up to two years to be resolved in court.
It is important to remember that the length of time it takes for a personal injury claim to be resolved can vary greatly depending on the complexity of the case and the court’s workload. If you are considering making a personal injury claim, it is best to seek legal advice to ensure that you understand the process and the potential length of time it may take.