Accidents & Personal Injury

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Dispute Resolution is a significant part of the business of this practice. Civil disputes have traditionally been resolved through recourse to the Courts system.Your solicitor will guide you through the steps to be taken to ensure that all your rights and entitlements are fully availed of. Your solicitor will further obtain independent expert advice from members of the Barristers profession with particular and specific expertise in all areas of the law and such advice may be obtained as a prelude to embarking on the litigation process.

 

The Courts with Civil Jurisdiction in Ireland are:

  1. The Small Claims Court.
    This Court deals with civil claims up to a value of €2000.00.
  2. The District Court.
    The District Court deals with claims up to a value of €15,000.00. All manner of disputes to  include road traffic disputes and Contract and Tort disputes are heard in this  Court.
  3. The Circuit Court.
    The Circuit Court deals with claims up to the value of €75,000.00 (or €60,000.00 for persaonl injury actions) and deals with all  manner of disputes.
  4. The High Court.
    This Court has unlimited Jurisdiction for claims of a value of above €75,000.00.
  5. The Supreme Court.
    This Court deals with appeals from High Court disputes.

 


 

Personal Injuries Board

A preliminary step to be taken in all personal injury litigation is that an application is to be made to the Personal Injures Board. It is most advisable that a claimant obtains impartial independent legal advice from an experienced practitioner in relation to any claim to be made to the Personal Injuries Board.

Personal Injury litigation almost invariably involves claims against persons with Insurance cover. Insurance companies have a stated aggressive policy to attempt to resolve claims speedily and directly with the claimant. It results that many claimants do not fully understand the consequences of settling the claim early, the result of which can mean that the claimant can lose out very significantly. In such instances many claimants do not receive the full value of their claims and realise, all to late, that they have no further recourse once they have settled their case. Legal practitioners experienced in the area of litigation can advise clients fully of all of their legal rights and safe guard them from circumstances of being persuaded to settle their cases prematurely. The importance of obtaining independent impartial advice from an experienced practitioner cannot be under emphasized in these times.

Your solicitor will guide you through the steps to be taken to ensure that all your rights and entitlements are fully availed of. Your solicitor will further obtain independent expert advice from members of the Barristers profession with particular and specific expertise in all areas of the law and such advice may be obtained as a prelude to embarking on the litigation process.

Our firm has many decades of experience of practice in all of the Courts of this Country and can offer personal guidance and expertise in the matters of dispute resolution.

The firm is also fully aware of the benefits of alternative dispute resolution such as arbitration, conciliation and mediation and will advise in appropriate cases that such mechanisms be utilized to resolve disputes with the attendant saving of costs and expense that same can achieve.