How Much Can Personal Injury Victims Receive after a Car Accident?

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been less cars on the road. With fewer people driving, those who are still driving are driving faster than usual. Faster driving leads to more accidents and an increase in fatalities. If you’ve been in an accident that you weren’t at fault for, you’re likely entitled to compensation for your property as well as emotional and physical damages. Luckily, after you have been in an accident you have a few ways to see what you might be entitled to. One way to determine what you may receive after a car accident is took consult the Book of Quantum.

The Book of Quantum

In Ireland, the Book of Quantum is the guide that helps victims of car accidents get the compensation you deserve for your troubles. According to a law firm of road traffic accident solicitors, it is a general guideline that assesses the amount a claimant will receive from their Personal Injury Case. The Book of Quantum was introduced by the Personal Injury Assessment Board (PIAB) in 2003.

The goal was to provide clear guidelines on the figures that you may be awarded for pain and suffering, which is then has to be supported by medical evidence. While the Book of Quantum doesn’t guarantee that you will receive the compensation for a particular injury and accident, it does provide levels and compensation amounts for those injuries. Furthermore, the Book of Quantum is currently being reworked, with new guidelines coming at the end of October.

How Does it Work?
The Board of Injuries has nine months after the date of the injury claim commencement of the process to make their assessment. There are a few steps you should take to ensure that your claim is valued correctly. First you should identify the category of your injury. You should start by identifying your injuries, although the complete effect of all injuries will be considered by the Injuries Board before you are awarded a settlement.

Another thing that’s imperative is to understand the severity of the injury. Generally a category is given from minor to severe. The worst categorization is permanent. All of these are based on their disruption to your lifestyle, pain, and permanency of the condition. It is pivotal to remember that it’s difficult to determine the range of your injury. Then you can look up the range of compensation in the Book of Quantum. This is where the values are detailed. The majority of these injuries are neither a minimum nor a maximum for each individual case.

Finally, you need to consider the impact of multiple injuries. You shouldn’t just add the compensation values as outlined in the Book of Quantum. It is not likely that you will get the compensation for both injuries, there will be some sort of an average calculated for your loss of property, emotional damages, and time spent. This may more difficult to determine, so avoid thinking that you will get both values of compensation.

The Injuries Board Decision

The Book of Quantum aims to reflect injury claims for pain and suffering, which is then supported by medical evidence. The claim is assessed fully before including the components appropriate to the case. Other details include loss of earnings and medical bills, as well as future cost of medical care and earnings. The board takes in all of the details of the accident to determine what compensation is appropriate. When all of it is compiled, the Board will decide on how much you will receive within nine months.

Case Settlement

Each settlement will include aspects of the injury and effects of the crash on the car and other property. If you decide that you want to bring a claim to the Board, you may be entitled to a legal remedy with any additional expenses and damages. It is important to remember that the settlement will be the sum of the damages and loss of enjoyment. If you focus on the details of the other party and the accident, you can call a professional solicitor that will help guide you through the process and give the Personal Injuries Assessment Board the information they need to determine adequate compensation. 

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