4 Things To Know About PIAB Claims

What are PIAB claims and who processes them? PIAB stands for Personal Injury Assessment Board. As its name implies, it’s the body responsible for assessing personal injury claims made by affected victims. When an individual has suffered a personal injury because of the negligence of another, they’re entitled to compensation under the personal injury board. 

The compensation process is said to begin with filing the PIAB claims under the right board given the jurisdiction for that purpose, depending on where you’re from. In cases of any dispute, that’s when the courts come in for a full-blown personal injury case.

Filing a PIAB claim, however, can be lengthy and highly technical. It pays to know the basics, just so you’re well-informed about what’s needed and what it takes to have your claim prosper. You’ll mostly have a personal injury lawyer working with you, but it doesn’t hurt to have information yourself about what those claims are.

For purposes of beefing up your knowledge, here’s a list of the four things you have to know about PIAB claims to learn more.

The Cost Of Filing PIAB Claims

For an individual to be able to file a personal injury claim with the PIAB, a filing fee is necessary. Typically, there are two ways to file claims with the PIAB and your chosen mode of filing the claim will dictate the fee you have to pay. On average, claims filed through email or paper are usually charged more than those done through the online form.

On top of that expense, the PIAB will also ask you to submit a detailed medical report made by your attending physician regarding the physical injury you’ve suffered. Your doctor may also charge you for the signing and drafting of the medical dossier.

While those are necessary costs, they shouldn’t stop you from filing a claim with the PIAB, especially when you know you’re entitled to it. 

The Creation Of The PIAB

The PIAB is actually an entity that may be unfamiliar to many. As a briefer, this board was created after the signing of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board Act. The aim of this entity is to save time and money for the claimant. This is achieved by reducing the time it takes for a personal injury case to be resolved.

The PIAB is an independent statutory body that gives its own independent assessment surrounding personal injury claims. Generally, those personal injury claims are a result of road accidents, workplace accidents, or public liability accidents.

If the negligent person you’re filing a claim against doesn’t want the PIAB to assess your claim for compensation, that’s when personal injury lawyers can step in for a court case.

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The Length Of Time It Takes To Process PIAB Claims

As briefly mentioned, the PIAB was created with the objective of reducing the time it takes for personal injury claims to be processed. Since the creation of the board, the timeline of processing claims is said to have significantly dropped from an average of three years to just seven to nine months. 

This timeframe is computed from that time when the respondent or the negligent party agrees to conform to the PIAB process.

The Process Of Making A PIAB Claims Application

Although filing a PIAB claims application can be done without a solicitor, having one working with you by your side is a big plus. A solicitor will know best how to complete the application with very little error. Remember that if you aren’t well-versed with the law, there may be some legal areas that can be difficult to navigate.

To that end, here’s a quick run-down of the process of making a PIAB claims application:

Contact A Solicitor

If you’re uncertain how to start with your claims, contacting a solicitor is the best start. They can provide you with all the information you’ll need to submit your PIAB claims application. Once you know what you need, the solicitor may also help you gather and file all the documents you need.

Generally, your solicitor may ask you to provide the following information:

  • Description of the negligent party;
  • Details of the accident;
  • List of expenses you’ve incurred because of the accident; and
  • Details of the injury including some photos.

Another reason why having a solicitor to help you out is a major plus is that the PIAB can’t help you out in filling out your forms and other documents. You can’t go back a second time if you get anything wrong during the first time.

Gather All The Needed Medical Reports

There’s no claim to speak of when there aren’t medical records to corroborate your PIAB claims. The medical reports will prove the extent of the injuries you’ve suffered and some of the medical expenses you’ve incurred because of the accident.

Your solicitor will request copies of those medical reports from your attending physician. If you have other medical professionals on your recovery team like psychologists for mental trauma and physical therapists for physical trauma, the solicitor will ask them for medical records as well.

Complete The Form A

Once your solicitor has all those enumerated information plus your medical records, you’re now ready to fill in Form A and all essential forms at the PIAB. Those forms along with the medical records can be submitted through post mail or online.

After submitting the forms and records, the Injuries Board will acknowledge receipt of the same. A reference number will be issued, so it’s easy for you to keep track of your claim’s progress. Moreover, the Injuries Board will then notify the negligent party of the claims you’ve made against them.

Assessment Of Your Claim Will Commence

If the Injuries Board’s assessment is in your favor, they’ll order compensation to be paid to you by the party at fault. Note that any conclusion made by the Injuries Board can’t be negotiated. You’ll also be given a timeframe to decide whether or not you’ll reject or accept the amount offered.

  • If the victim and the negligent party agree on the compensation amount, an ‘Order To Pay’ will be issued.
  • If the victim or the negligent party doesn’t agree, the case will then be forwarded to the court.

Conclusion About PIAB Claims

The PIAB is an independent body in Ireland given the responsibility of assessing personal injury claims. Without the PIAB, most PIAB claims will reach the courts right away. Depending on how congested the justice system is, it may take even more time than usual. When those personal injury claims are now channeled first through the PIAB, it’ll take faster for the claimant to receive compensation. 

With the information you now have, you should now be feeling more confident and better able to push through with filing claims with the PIAB when the need arises.