How much back injury compensation will I receive after a car accident?
Eoin P. Campbell
Eoin P. Campbell, LL.B., Solicitor
Editor in Chief

Question:

How much back injury compensation will I receive after a car accident?

Answer:

The amount of back injury compensation you receive after any accident is influenced by a number of factors. Obviously the first is the extent of the injuries you suffered, and back injuries can vary from relatively inconvenient to total paralysis. However, there are a number of additional elements a solicitor will take into account when helping a client make a back injury compensation claim.

An important consideration is if there is any dispute over liability. Even if you were partly to blame for the accident which caused your back injuries, the amount of back injury compensation you receive will be affected. Also, if it transpires that you “contributed” to your injuries because you were not wearing a seatbelt, you can expect a reduction of 25% in any back injury compensation settlement.

It is acknowledged by medical professionals that almost everybody involved in a serious car accident will be affected by a degree of post traumatic stress disorder. How badly it affects you will depend on the individual, but a consideration for psychological injury would be made by a solicitor when compiling a back injury compensation claim.

The extent of your injury will also have repercussions on the amount of time you spend away from work and any financial effect this will have on you. You may also incur “out-of-pocket” expenses if you have to employ help to care for children or elderly relatives, use public transport while you are not able to drive your car and, of course, there is the cost of rehabilitation and physiotherapy treatments to consider in a claim for back injury compensation.

Because of the number of variables in a back injury compensation claim, it is always in your best interests to consult with a solicitor. Once a solicitor is aware of all the facts, they will be able to advise you on how much back injury compensation you should expect to receive – a useful thing to know if the Injuries Board Ireland makes an inappropriate assessment of your back injury compensation claim, or if you are approached by the negligent party´s insurance company with an offer of early settlement.

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