The Injuries Board previously known as the Personal Injuries Assessment Board, is an independent statutory body, established in 2004 with the following aims:
- to assess how much compensation is due to an injured party;
- to reduce costs and fees involved in the administration of personal injury claims; and
- to reduce the amount of time it takes to finalise a claim for compensation.
All *personal injury claims in Ireland (with a limited number of exceptions) must be submitted to the Injuries Board.
The Board provides an independent assessment of *personal injury claims for compensation following *road traffic, workplace or public liability accidents. Where the person responsible (the respondent) does not consent to Injuries Board.ie assessing your *claim for compensation, the Injuries Board will allow you to pursue your claim through the courts.
The Injuries Board has to assess a claim within 9 months of the respondent consenting. This can be extended in certain circumstances.
Claims are assessed using the medical evidence you provide from your doctor and, if necessary, a report provided by an independent doctor appointed by the Injuries Board. The assessment of the damages due is made having regard to the particular injuries you sustained and your circumstances. Guideline amounts for compensation in respect of particular injuries are set out in the Book of Quantum which was prepared for the Board in 2004. If the respondent does not agree to an assessment by the Injuries Board or if either side rejects the Board’s award, the matter can then be referred to the courts. Under the Civil Liability and Courts Act 2004, the time-limit for claims for compensation is two years from the date of the accident.
* 149. (1) A legal practitioner shall not charge any amount in respect of legal costs if—
(a) they are legal costs in connection with contentious business expressed as a specified percentage or proportion of any damages (or other moneys) that may be or become payable to his or her client, other than in relation to a matter seeking only to recover a debt or liquidated demand, or
(b) they purport to set the legal costs to be charged to a junior counsel as a specified percentage or proportion of the legal costs paid to a Senior Counsel.
(2) A legal practitioner shall not, without the prior written agreement of his or her client, deduct or appropriate any amount in respect of legal costs from the amount of any damages or moneys that become payable to the client in respect of legal services that the legal practitioner provided to the client.