Unlawful arrest and detention

Have you been unlawfully arrested? Call us today on 018724717 or 0868257176 to represent you. If you have been unlawfully arrested, evidence obtained as a result of that arrest will be inadmissible. For example, if you were mistakenly told by a Garda that you were being arrested under the wrong section of the Road Traffic Act, the arrest and the blood sample taken would be unlawful. The blood sample would not be admissible as evidence. Evidence obtained while you are unlawfully detained has also been unlawfully obtained and will be inadmissible. For example, if you have been in custody for longer than the maximum period allowed and you make a confession, that confession will not be admissible in evidence against you. Evidence obtained in breach of your right to reasonable access to a lawyer is also inadmissible as evidence against you. For example, if you request a lawyer and your request is refused, any statements you make to the police will be inadmissible as evidence against you.

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Personal injuries assessment

InjuriesBoard.ie, formerly known as the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB), is an 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 independent 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  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. From 1 August 2014, under the Recovery of Certain Benefits and Assistance Scheme the Department of Social Protection can recover the value of certain illness-related social welfare payments from compensation awards. The benefits are recovered from the compensator and not from the injured person. How to apply? To make a personal injury claim for compensation you can: The following documentation is required for you to complete your application:
  • A completed Application Form (Form A) (pdf) which can be submitted online or by post.
  • A Medical Assessment Form (Form B) (pdf) completed by your treating doctor. This can be submitted by you online or by post.
  • Payment of €45. This can be paid by telephone using a credit or debit card. They can also be used online if you are submitting your application online. Alternatively, you can send a cheque or postal order, payable to InjuriesBoard.ie, by post.
You should also provide receipts for any financial loss that you have incurred as a result of the accident, together with any other documentation you may consider relevant to your claim. If making an application on behalf of child (someone under age 18) or on behalf of someone who has been fatally injured, you must make the application by post. Also, you must use a Fatal Accident Application Form (Form A) (pdf) when claiming for someone fatally injured.

Broke your arm at work?

What to do if you broke your arm at work? Broken arm There are strict responsibilities on companies under the Health & Safety Acts together with other legislation to ensure that staffs have a safe system of work and that employees are appropriately trained in the tasks that they are carrying out and that they are provided with proper equipment in the course of their employment. It is important to follow these step, if you have injured yourself at work:
  • Report the accident to your supervisor
  • Have an accident report completed
  • Have a copy of the report
  • Importantly get medical attention either by your General Practitioner or in a Hospital
  • Keep detailed records of all the steps undertook by you.
Accidents in a workplace can happen on the following reasons:
  • Slips and falls
  • Falls from a height (Stairs, Ladders… etc.)
Manual handling is key to reduce the risk of injuries Compensation for an accident at work is based on:
  • the injuries suffered
  • medical costs incurred
  • any loss of earnings which may have occurred.
  • and other costs.
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New Injuries Board App

For those looking for personal injuries solicitor Dublin and nationwide, there is also now a an Injuries Board smart-phone application which can be downloaded for free. The App can be used by potential claimants to estimate what compensation may be due for an injury. The App also allows potential claimants to submit contact details in order that a member of the Injuries board call back to assist with a claim. The App features an easy to use interface where the user indicates which part of the body was injured on a diagram and the App then lists compensation levels for differing levels of severity of the injury. the App is available for iOS and Android platforms. For more information visit www.injuriesboard.ie .