If you have been involved in an accident, we can help you.
We offer our clients:
REQUEST A CALL.
- Road traffic accidents & injuries
- Fatal accidents
- Work accidents
- Injury in a public place
- Food poisoning
- Accidents involving children
- Accidents involving animals
Step 2. Receive a call from our client care team to discuss your case in more detail
Step 3. Complete a consultation with one of our Solicitors
Generally, claims can be made for an accident that happened in a public place because a result of negligence. There are many situations where this might occur. We’ve listed some examples…
Bar, Pub & Nightclub Accidents
Nightlife venues follow extremely strict safety guidelines to ensure the safety of their customers. However, sometimes these are neglected. Common examples of accidents caused by this negligence include:
- Trips over cables from vending/betting machines
- Trips due to uneven flooring or loose carpeting
- Trips due to badly lit flooring or walkways
- Injuries as a result of broken glass and drinks spillages that have been dropped on walkways and dance floors
- Injuries as a result of violent and abusive behaviour from people in the establishment under the influence of alcohol
Claims made for pavement trips can be claimed when an avoidable accident is caused. Trips on pavements and footpaths can result in serious injuries, and affect people of all ages.
Causes of these accidents tend to be due to:
- Poorly maintained / uneven surfaces
If you have had a fall on a public pavement you might be able to make a claim against a public authority.
Accidents at school are not uncommon, but this does not make them acceptable. If your child has been injured due to the negligence of a teacher or supervisor, or due to even the antisocial behaviour of another child, you may be able to make a claim for compensation on your child’s behalf. Although this will not completely account for the pain and suffering your child has experienced, the financial reward can help towards any rehabilitation your child may require.
Ensuring Your School or Nursery Claim is Successful
In order to make a successful school claim, you will be required to demonstrate that another individual is directly responsible for your child’s accident. There are certain things you need to do to that will help aid your solicitor in assisting you and your claim. These include:
Reporting the accident to a teacher as soon as possible
Ensuring that the accident is entered into the school accident book
Gathering as much information as possible about your child’s accident, such as:
Names and addresses of teachers, staff members and children involved
Photographs of the injuries your child suffered
Photographs of the area where the accident happened
Receipts for any costs incurred as a result of the accident, such as medical fees and travel costs.
Once you have these details, it’s important to talk to a solicitor to get the claim process underway as soon as you can.
At Gibson & Associates Solicitors, we have expertise when it comes to claiming for accidents that took place in school or nursery environments and will be able to provide you with both the advice and support you need. Our team will handle the case for you and will use the extensive resources at their disposal to ensure you receive the maximum award for your child’s injuries.
When a child suffers an accident, emotions run high. However, once you have identified that your child’s accident is a result of someone else’s negligence it’s important you collect as many details about the accident as possible. These details include:
- Where the accident took place
- What time the accident took place
- Who was with your child at the time of the accident
- Photographs of the area where the accident took place
- How the accident happened
- Details of injuries sustained
- Gardai details
- Garda number
Supermarkets and shops also follow strict guidelines in order to protect their customers from accidents, but these can sometimes be neglected.
Common causes of accidents in shops and supermarkets include:
- Wet/slippery floors
- Awkward store layouts
- Obstructions in aisles
- Uneven flooring or loose carpeting
These sorts of scenarios can cause trips or slips, resulting in avoidable injuries.
If food poisoning has ruined your holiday, you may be entitled to claim financial compensation. Holiday food poisoning is often caused by:
- Poor sanitation in the local area
- Poor hygiene in food preparation areas at a resort
- Exposure to unfamiliar germs
- A large amount of people using limited facilities
- Hot weather and insects increasing the risk of infection
Of these causes of holiday food poisoning, we find the most common to be negligence on the part of hotel cleaning staff or kitchen workers. In such cases, it is possible to make a claim for financial compensation providing you can prove that your holiday illness was the result of another person’s negligent behaviour.
If you are not sure whether you are in a position to make a holiday food poisoning claim, there is an easy way to find out: contact us at Gibson & Associates and speak to one of our personal injury* solicitors.
If you are entitled to claim compensation following a bout of food poisoning, it is helpful if you collect as much information as possible about your illness and the hotel, resort or restaurant’s health and safety policy. Try to find other guests who are experiencing similar symptoms and take their contact details and also take photographs of any examples of poor hygiene you find around the hotel, particularly in food preparation areas.
But if you don’t have the above information, don’t worry; simply contact the experienced lawyers at Gibson & Associates Solicitors. We are capable of handling every aspect of your holiday illness compensation claim and will be happy to provide legal advice with regards to the validity of your case.
Generally if you suffer an accident due to someone else’s fault you could have a personal injury claim. Or, if you can answer yes to either of the below questions, would give a good indication of you have injury claim eligibility:
- Did the accident or incident cause me a visible injury, or pain (some injuries are not visible for example whiplash after a car accident), and not just damage to my property?
- Do you suffer from psychological trauma as a result of the incident, for example depression or anxiety?
A personal injury claim enables you to recover compensation; for damages done to you physically, financially and/or psychologically.
There are many causes of personal injury from traffic accidents, trips and falls in public places, work accidents, medical mistakes etc., but, the accident generally should be the fault of another person(s) negligence.
No two personal injury claims are the same, many factors have to be taken into consideration. Even such factors as age and gender can impact on claims.
A ‘no win no claim’ agreement, also known as a conditional fee agreement, is an arrangement between you and your personal injury solicitor. It means that if your compensation claim is unsuccessful, you will not have to pay a contingency fee for your lawyer’s services.
Most personal injury claims in Ireland will fall under a No Win No Fee arrangement. However, all claims are assessed case by case, please contact a member of our client care team who will help you with your enquiry.
Under the Civil Liabilities and Courts Act 2004 the time limit for claims for compensation is 2 years from the date of the accident.However, it is very important that you notify the person you hold responsible for your injury within 1 month of the accident. You should notify them in writing (by registered post) detailing what they have done. This gives the person, company or organisation a chance to investigate your claim. If you do not inform the other person within the specified timeframe, it may not affect your application to PIAB. But it may affect your case later if you have to go to court, and you may not be able to recover your costs.
It takes an average of seven months from the date the person or entity that you are making the claim against (Respondent) agrees to the PIAB process.
So, you’ve been in an accident some time ago…maybe it’s too late to claim? Generally, in Ireland, you must start a personal injury claim within two years of the accident occurring. This is known as the statute of limitations, after the two years is up the case is barred. But, there can be some exceptions to the rule, for example, maybe the injured party was under 18 years old at the time of the accident.
The length of time it takes to process an injury claim can vary, but the Personal Injuries Assessment Board state that the average time frame is seven months. And we usually find it takes somewhere between six and nine months, then the payout of compensation normally happens within a month of finalisation from the Personal Injuries Board. But, if the claim ends up in the courts (litigation) the claim assessment could take up to three years.
*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.