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Why should you be represented?

Date Posted: 18.03.2014

In your own interests you should consult an experienced Personal Injury Solicitor before considering accepting any personal injury settlement.

After you have been injured in an accident you may be told by an insurance company that you do not need a solicitor. In our experience injured people have been put under pressure to accept a settlement offer, by insurance companies and are often misinformed about their entitlements prior to seeking our advice.

In Ireland, the majority of personal injury claims must be made to the Injuries Board before any action may be taken in Court. Presenting a properly prepared claim which deals with all aspects of your injury and associated losses is often more complex than it first seems. Often it is necessary for more than one doctor to advise on your injuries and these doctor’s reports should be considered prior to any award or settlement being made. You should also have the appropriate medical advice to hand when you are faced with making a decision about any award or settlement.

The preparation of your claim for special damages can take time and without advice you may not realise that you are entitled to be compensated for your losses in respect of medical expenses, travelling expenses, loss of earnings, damage to your motor vehicle including depreciation and loss of use. Many insurance companies would be happy to settle your case with you before you even know the full extent of your claim.

Seeking advice early may be essential as certain steps may have to be taken to preserve the evidence that will see you properly compensated. The time spent dealing with Insurance Companies and the Injuries Board directly, while not gathering the necessary evidence to protect you, could result in your claim being delayed or even lost.

In summary, your rights are not protected until you have been fully and independently advised by your Solicitor. We at John L. Mulvey & Co., Solicitors have been advising the people of Tallaght and the greater Dublin area for over 40 years.

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