Should I accept the seemingly low Injuries Board assessment of how much compensation for radial nerve damage in accident I should get?
Eoin P. Campbell, LL.B., Solicitor
Editor in Chief
It is impossible to recommend whether you should accept the Injuries Board Ireland’s assessment without a thorough investigation of your compensation for radial nerve damage in accident claim. The Injuries Board would have calculated the amount of accident radial nerve damage compensation based on the information you supplied when you submitted your application foe assessment and the independent medical examination you undertook.
It must be acknowledged that expanding on the affect the radial nerve damage has had on your day to day life can be problematic as there is no dedicated area to do so on either the paper or online version of Application Form A. The Injuries Board calculations would have referenced compensation figures relating to your type of injury published in the Book of Quantum and the medical facts of your injury which would then have been altered to account for your general state of health prior to the accident, your age and possibly your sex.
You may be able to include the element of psychological trauma in your claim for radial nerve damage injury compensation if you have experienced any negative effect on your emotional health due to the nature of the accident which caused the damage or during your recuperation. If accidents are particularly distressing the victim may suffer port-traumatic stress disorder, or they may become depressed or anxious during their recovery. If symptoms of psychological trauma did not become apparent until after the medical examination of your nerve damage had been performed, they would not have been included in the application for assessment and would have been omitted from the Injuries Board assessment of how much compensation for radial nerve damage in accident you should receive.
It is also possible for you to be recompensed for any “loss of amenity” in your accident radial nerve damage compensation claim if your injury has affected your ability to complete everyday tasks or if you can no longer participate in leisure and social activities that you enjoyed prior to the accident. You would be well advised to maintain a diary to document the effect the injury has had on your quality of life as this factor can account for a significant portion of your claim for radial nerve damage injury compensation.
Because of the many variables that need to be considered for a fair and reasonable compensation settlement, you would be well advised in consulting with an experienced personal injuries solicitor who could ensure a thorough investigation of your case. It is unlikely that you will ever be fully sure that the Injuries Board assessment is a true representation of your radial nerve injury and the effect it has had on your life unless your solicitor conducts their own evaluation.
Following a consultation with your solicitor about the circumstances of your nerve damage and the impact it has had on your quality of life, he or she could advise you on whether to accept the Injuries Board’s assessment or if you should pursue your compensation for radial nerve damage in accident claim by other means.