This may involve visiting a medical practitioner to assess the extent of the injuries, but this is completely normal and nothing to be worried about. A value will be put on the claim taking into account the severity of the injury sustained and also any “special damages” such as loss of earnings, medical expenses or travel expenses etc.
If you are unhappy with the award made by the Personal Injuries Board you do have the choice to reject the assessment made and continue with the claim in Court.
A solicitor is invaluable in advising you at this time, particularly as the awards made by the Personal Injuries Assessment Board are often not a true reflection of the injuries you may have suffered.
Difficulties / Restrictions with PIAB Claims
The Personal Injuries Assessment Board does not assess for Medical Negligence Claims. It can also refuse to deal with claims due to the following:
- The complexity of the claim
- The injuries sustained involve an element of psychological damage
- Aggravated or exemplary damages are sought
- An early trial is needed
(a full list is available in the Personal Injuries Assessment Board Act, section 17)