Qualifying for Foot Injury Claims
If you have had the misfortune to injure your foot in an accident for which you were not to blame, you may be qualified to make foot injury claims for compensation. In order to claim compensation for a foot injury, you have to show that somebody who owed you a duty of care was negligent in their actions – or lack of actions – and that their negligence resulted in you sustaining a foot injury.
Even if you were partly to blame for the accident which resulted in your injured foot, you may still be able to make claims for foot injury compensation. However, compensation amounts for foot injury claims in Ireland are usually reduced to reflect your own lack of care – especially if you made your foot injury worse by not immediately seeking medical attention or by failing to keep out-patient appointments after being discharged from a hospital or clinic.
Foot Injury Claims in Ireland
Most foot injury claims in Ireland have to initially be submitted to the Injuries Board Ireland for an assessment of your foot injury compensation claim. The Injuries Board Ireland will organise their own medical examination of your foot injury after obtaining confirmation from the negligent party that they are prepared to accept liability for your injured foot, and then calculate the compensation amount for your foot injury claim based on the Book of Quantum and any additional information you have provided to them.
Should you disagree with the Injuries Board Ireland´s calculation of foot injury compensation, you can reject their assessment and be issued with an ”Authorisation” to pursue your foot injury claim for compensation in the courts. The negligent party – or, more frequently, their insurance company – also have this right; so, until the Injuries Board Ireland issues an “Order to Pay”, you will not know whether your foot injury claim has been successfully resolved or not.
Compensation Amounts for Foot Injury Claims
Although Injuries Board Ireland base their calculations of how much compensation for a foot injury on the guidelines published in the Book of Quantum, compensation amounts for foot injury claims can often be much higher. This is because claims for foot injury compensation should also account for the impact that the injury to your foot has on your quality of life and lack of ability to achieve everyday tasks.
If you are unable to deal with household chores, drive, attend a social event or participate in your regular leisure pursuits because of your foot injury, you can include these inconveniences and missed opportunities in your claim for foot injury compensation. Indeed, it is recommended that you maintain a diary to record the times when your foot injury prevents you from having a full and active life.
Potential Issues with Foot Injury Claims
There are a number of potential issues with foot injury claims in Ireland which can influence how much compensation for a foot injury you receive. The fact that you may have contributed to the cause of your accident or the extent of your foot injury has already been touched upon; but failing to fully complete the assessment form to the Injuries Board Ireland for your foot injury claim or accepting a direct offer of foot injury compensation from the negligent party´s insurance company – without first undergoing a professional assessment of your foot injury claim – may also negatively affect foot injury claims for compensation.
No two foot injury compensation claims are identical – even when the nature and severity of the foot injury are the same. Making one mistake in the foot injury claims process could leave you inadequately compensated and unable to support your family or pay medical bills, and you may have to return to work quicker than you should. If you accept a foot injury compensation settlement which is insufficient for your needs you cannot go back and ask for more and, for this reason, you should always discuss the circumstances of your accident and the nature of your foot injury with an experienced solicitor at the very beginning of the foot injury claims process.
Expert Advice about Foot Injury Claims
If you believe that you have sustained a foot injury due to the negligence of somebody who owed you a duty of care, and would like a free assessment of your foot injury claim for compensation, you are invited to call our helpline on free phone and speak directly with an experienced solicitor who will provide you with expert advice about foot injury claims.
Our service is completely free of charge and you are under no obligation to proceed with a foot injury claim for compensation once you have spoken with us. However, if we feel that you have a foot injury claim which is worth your while to pursue, we will provide you with all the information you need to decide – in your own time – whether making a claim for foot injury compensation is something you wish to do.
Our lines are open seven days a week from 8.00am to 10.00pm on freephone or you can take advantage of our call-back request at the bottom of the page, and one of our helpful team will get back in touch to discuss your accident and foot injury when it is more convenient for you.