The Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB), formerly known as the Injuries Board, is a statutory body which assesses how much compensation is due to an injured person. It does not, however, make any decisions on liability i.e. who is responsible for the injury.
Your first step in making a claim for personal injury compensation is to fill out the PIAB Form A application. Your solicitor can help you to complete and submit this form. The Form A is submitted to PIAB with an official record or medical report of your injuries and a €45 application fee payment. At Keating Connolly Sellors, our litigation team liaises with independent medical experts who will assess and file reports on your injuries. Once PIAB receives the application it will write to you or your solicitor acknowledging receipt of the application. Receipts of any out-of-pocket expenses due to the injury may also be submitted along with any loss of earnings.
PIAB will contact the alleged negligent party (known as the ‘respondent’) and ask them if they are willing to allow them to make an assessment of value. The respondent has 90 days to decide whether they consent to the assessment or not. If the respondent says yes, the assessment proceeds. If the respondent says no, then PIAB plays no further part and issues a document called an ‘Authorisation’ which allows the injured party to seek redress for his/her injuries through the Court system.
As the claim is assessed, PIAB may ask you to undergo a further medical assessment. PIAB will cover the cost of any assessments. The result of the medical examination may play a part in finalising how much compensation is awarded by PIAB.
Once PIAB has finished its assessment it writes to both sides with the assessment amount. If both sides accept the assessment then PIAB issues an ‘Order to Pay’ and you should receive payment from the respondent soon thereafter. If there is no agreement on the assessment then PIAB issues the ‘Authorisation’ document enabling you to pursue your compensation directly through the courts.
If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident giving rise to a personal injury it is advisable to contact your solicitor without delay. These types of cases can be complex and are subject to strict time limits within which you can bring a claim. In addition, the true extent of injuries can often take months to materialise and you need to ensure that you are fully compensated.
Our expert litigation team has a wealth of knowledge and several years’ experience in sensitively dealing with personal injury claims and can be contacted by calling 061 414 355 or email [email protected].
The material contained in this article is for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal or other professional advice. We advise people to always seek specific expert advice for their individual circumstances.