Cork Law

Personal Injury Solicitors in Cork

Making A Personal Injury Claim

If you need to make a personal injury claim, there are a number of steps that you need to go through.  These steps will ensure that your claim is legal and done correctly.  It is important that you know about these steps before you need to make a claim.

Gather Information At The Scene

If you have been in an accident, you will need to collect evidence of the accident at the scene.  This is particularly important if you have been in an auto accident, you need to take pictures of the damage to the vehicles.  You will also need to get information from the other driver and any witnesses.

Gathering as much information as possible at the time of the accident is important because recollections can change over time.  The scene may also not be there later, particularly if you are involved in a slipping accident or workplace accident.

Contact A Solicitor

After the accident, you will need to contact a personal injury solicitor.  These solicitors are experts in the field and will be able to help you with your claim.  They will also be able to help you determine who is responsible for the accident if this is not clear.

When you contact a personal injury solicitor in Cork, you will need to be honest with them about the accident.  You will also need to answer all of their questions to the best of your ability.  If the solicitor does not ask questions about the case, you may want to reconsider working with them.

You should not work with the first solicitor that you find.  Meet with a few solicitors to determine who you are most comfortable with and who provides you with the best advice.  The solicitor you work with will need to make a detailed assessment of the damages from the accident including medical expenses and loss of work.

Letter Of Claim

After choosing a solicitor and getting a detailed assessment of damages, a letter of claim will be sent.  This is sent by your solicitor to the defendant in the case.  The letter of claim will detail your accident as well as the injuries you sustained.  Why you believe that the defendant is at fault will also be outlined in the letter.

It is important to note that the defendant will have a set amount of time to respond to this letter.  In most cases, a response is required within 23 days.  It is possible that a response will come through much faster.

Settlements

After the letter of claim, there are two options in terms of settlement.  This first is a settlement out of court which is where most personal injury claims will end.  This is the most common result because insurance companies will settle for their clients out of court.

The second option is to take the case to court.  This will only happen when there is no agreement during settlement negotiations regarding the settlement amount or who is at fault.  The court process will vary depending on the case and your solicitor will be able to talk you through this.