Am I entitled to claim minibus accident compensation if I was involved in an accident in which I broke my leg? I was travelling with a group of women who were also injured in the crash.

Eoin P. Campbell, LL.B., Solicitor

Editor in Chief

Eoin P. Campbell

As a passenger who wishes to claim minibus accident compensation, it can be assumed that – like most minibus accidents involving passengers – you were not the party responsible. You can, therefore, make a compensation claim against the negligent party, be it the minibus driver or another road user.

An important element of any minibus accident compensation claim is, of course, the issue of your health and safety. You should have been treated by a medical professional immediately following the accident, with your injuries being noted in your medical history.

Since there were multiple cases of injuries and you broke your leg, the accident must have been deemed serious enough for at least one ambulance and the Gardai to be called. The Gardai would have taken images of the scene of the accident and would have collected the details of all involved. You should, however, note the details of the other women involved in the crash, as they can support your claim as witnesses.

It is recommended that you contact an experienced solicitor at the first practical moment for advice on how to pursue your minibus accident compensation claim. He or she could aid with any documents you need collecting and could advise you on how to pursue your claim.

You could be approached by the insurance company representing the negligent party with an early offer of minibus accident compensation. Should you receive such an offer, you would be well advised to refer it to your solicitor who can determine whether or not it is a fair representation of your injury and the effect it has had on your life.