You may be able make a claim for personal compensation if you have been involved in a road traffic accident and the other driver failed to leave their contact details at the scene.
In the case where the party responsible cannot be traced or does not have insurance then the personal compensation claim is made against the Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland (MIB) which is funded by motor insurance companies in Ireland.
This body was formed in order to protect victims of hit and run road accidents and also against drivers with faulty or in some cases no insurance. In Ireland a proportion of every motor insurance policy incorporates a payment which contributes to the MIB’s personal claims fund
The MIBI will nominate an insurance company to represent their interests during the claims process and the process is the same as any other road traffic accident claim.
We at McGinley Solicitors have significant experience dealing with head and brain injuries and the whole claims process. Head and brain injury claims are complex in nature and due to the difficulties encountered in assessing the long term implications of a head injury, such as future health and assessing mental health issues and brain function, head injury claims require considerable research, investigation and preparation.
The brain is the control centre for everything you think, feel and do, so it’s no surprise that damage to it can alter your physical and mental abilities, behaviour and personality. Even apparently subtle problems can have a massive impact.
Some common head injury symptoms include:
- Lack of insight
- Personality changes
- Inappropriate behaviour
- Poor perception, recognition and judgement
- Lack of initiative
- Physical disabilities
- Slowed responses
- Loss of physical sensations
- Poor concentration
- Poor planning and problem solving skills
- Inability to understand and communicate
- Poor memory
- Slow or slurred speech
- Overly talkative
Brain injury is often referred to as a ‘hidden’ disability because the effects of an accident involving the head – such as not being able to think straight, or being unable to comprehend information, or feeling anxious, irritable or depressed – are not as obvious to others although they are every bit as real as ‘visible’ physical disabilities and can have a negative impact on your life.
Relationships with family and friends can be placed under immense strain. Relatives report that the most difficult problems are personality changes, slowness, poor memory, irritability, bad temper, tiredness, depression, tension and anxiety, rapid mood changes and threats of violence. While reports vary, there is also evidence that marital difficulties can arise following a brain injury too as both partners can struggle to adapt to changes in personality and circumstances.
We at McGinley Solicitors have significant experience dealing with spinal and back injuries. We understand how complex both types of injuries can be and how traumatic an experience it is.
Spinal injury is a general term which includes injury to the spinal cord or surrounding nerves (a neurological injury) or injury and damage to the spinal vertebra (an orthopaedic injury).
Depending on where the spine suffers the trauma, and what nerves are damaged, the symptoms can vary widely, from serious and chronic pain, to paralysis. It is important to speak with a Spinal Injury Solicitor to make sure you are getting the correct advice for such a serious injury. Contact McGinley Solicitors today to discuss your spinal injury case.
What is a spinal injury?
The spine and back are vital for a number of bodily functions – not just walking. The spinal cord carries nerve signals from various parts of the body to the brain.
Spinal cord injuries – such as fractured vertebrae – can result in varying degrees of paralysis, loss of bodily function and loss of sensation.
In more serious spinal injuries, damage could result in:
• Paraplegia, which is the impairment of motor or sensory function of the lower extremities
• Tetraplegia or quadriplegia, which is a partial or total loss of use of all limbs
Typically spinal injuries are caused from impact injuries from an accident or from a medical negligence incident. Below are some examples of how spinal injuries can occur but are not limited to this list.
Accidents at work
Examples of accident at work claims, which cause a spinal injury, include:
Carrying, handling or lifting injuries
Falls from a height
Trips and slips
Cases of medical negligence, resulting in a spinal injury include:
Lack of informed consent regarding the risks of spinal surgery
Nerve damage during surgery
Spinal cord injury during surgery
Disc replacement surgery
Malpositioned metalwork /screws
Post-operative paraplegia/ paralysis
Muscle weakness after surgery
Delayed diagnosis / treatment of Cauda Equina syndrome
Road traffic accidents
Incidences of road traffic accident claims include:
Public transport injury