Qualifying for Knee Injury Claims
If you have had the misfortune to injure your knee in an accident for which you were not to blame, you may be qualified to make knee injury claims for compensation. In order to claim compensation for a knee 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 knee injury.
Even if you were partly to blame for the accident which resulted in your injured knee, you may still be able to make claims for knee injury compensation. However, compensation amounts for knee injury claims in Ireland are usually reduced to reflect your own lack of care – especially if you made your knee injury worse by not immediately seeking medical attention or by failing to keep out-patient appointments after being discharged from a hospital or clinic.
Knee Injury Claims in Ireland
Most knee injury claims in Ireland have to initially be submitted to the Injuries Board Ireland for an assessment of your knee injury compensation claim. The Injuries Board Ireland will organise their own medical examination of your knee injury after obtaining confirmation from the negligent party that they are prepared to accept liability for your injured knee, and then calculate the compensation amount for your knee 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 knee injury compensation, you can reject their assessment and be issued with an ”Authorisation” to pursue your knee 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 knee injury claim has been successfully resolved or not.
Compensation Amounts for Knee Injury Claims
Although Injuries Board Ireland base their calculations of how much compensation for a knee injury on the guidelines published in the Book of Quantum, compensation amounts for knee injury claims can often be much higher. This is because claims for knee injury compensation should also account for the impact that the injury to your knee 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 knee injury, you can include these inconveniences and missed opportunities in your claim for knee injury compensation. Indeed, it is recommended that you maintain a diary to record the times when your knee injury prevents you from having a full and active life.
Potential Issues with Knee Injury Claims
There are a number of potential issues with knee injury claims in Ireland which can influence how much compensation for a knee injury you receive. The fact that you may have contributed to the cause of your accident or the extent of your knee injury has already been touched upon; but failing to fully complete the assessment form to the Injuries Board Ireland for your knee injury claim or accepting a direct offer of knee injury compensation from the negligent party´s insurance company – without first undergoing a professional assessment of your knee injury claim – may also negatively affect knee injury claims for compensation.
No two knee injury compensation claims are identical – even when the nature and severity of the knee injury are the same. Making one mistake in the knee 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 knee 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 knee injury with an experienced solicitor at the very beginning of the knee injury claims process.
Expert Advice about Knee Injury Claims
If you believe that you have sustained a knee injury due to the negligence of somebody who owed you a duty of care, and would like a free assessment of your knee 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 knee injury claims.
Our service is completely free of charge and you are under no obligation to proceed with a knee injury claim for compensation once you have spoken with us. However, if we feel that you have a knee 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 knee 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 knee injury when it is more convenient for you.