InjuriesBoard.ie, formerly known as the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB), is an allegedly independent statutory body set up under the Personal Injuries Assessment Board Act 2003. All personal injury claims in Ireland (except for cases involving medical negligence) must be submitted to InjuriesBoard.ie.
The Board provides an 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 InjuriesBoard.ie assessing your claim for compensation, InjuriesBoard.ie will allow you to pursue your claim through the courts.
Claims are assessed on average within 7 months of the respondent consenting. Personal injury claims through litigation (that is, the courts) can take up to 36 months (3 years).
Claims are assessed using the medical evidence you provide from your doctor and, if necessary, a report provided by an independent doctor appointed by InjuriesBoard.ie. 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. An online version known as the Estimator as well as some FAQ’s on the Book of Quantum are available on the Board’s website.
If the respondent does not agree to an assessment by InjuriesBoard.ie or if either side rejects the Board’s award, the matter can then be referred to the courts.
– an advice note from Kilkenny based solicitor firm Holland Condon