Claim Answers: How long does it take to make an injury compensation claim?

How long does it take to make an injury compensation claim?
Eoin P. Campbell
Eoin P. Campbell, LL.B., Solicitor
Editor in Chief

Injury compensation claims now take much less time to process than they have historically. In the past, the insurance companies had every incentive to drag out proceedings. Many cases were settled in the court house, just minutes before a hearing was scheduled. Since there was a big backlog in cases, the insurance company could expect to delay paying compensation for years.

Everything has changed since the introduction of the Injuries Board Ireland, which has ensured that there is a fixed time limit for insurance companies to negotiate a settlement. The Injuries Board Ireland aims to respond to most claims within 9 months. During this time period, your solicitor will negotiate with the insurance company as well. It is possible that your solicitor will finalise a claim at this point. Even after the Injuries Board has made an assessment, your solicitor will continue to negotiate with the insurance company (only a small percentage of all claims are settled for the amount recommended by the Injuries Board).

The vast majority of cases are settled out of court negotiations between your solicitor and the insurance company.

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