Personal Injuries

This firm has over thirty years experience in representing Claimants who suffered personal injuries arising out of the following:

  • road traffic accident,
  • car accident,
  • pedestrian accident,
  • motorbike accident,
  • bicycle accident,
  • bus accident or other public transport,
  • injuries at work,
  • farm accidents,
  • construction accidents and
  • airplane accident

Personal Injury claims arise in circumstances where an individual sustains an injury but only if it can be shown that a person or corporate body who owes a duty of care to the injured individual has been negligent and that the said negligence caused the injury.

Mr. Kennedy specialises in claims involving catastrophic injuries. Such injuries are defined as any serious injury that results in permanent disability, long-term medical problems or shortened-life expectancy.

Types of serious injury include

  • Brain/head injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Amputations
  • Paralysis
  • Severe Burns and
  • multiple fractures

We arrange for the completion of all requirements for dealing with Injuries Board and any subsequent litigation that may arise.

We advise on all aspects of liability and quantum value of claims.

All personal injury claims, apart from medical negligence claims, must be submitted to the Injuries Board first.

The Board will deal with the claim if the defendant consents to it dealing with the claim without looking into the issue of liability/ negligence.

There are specific time limits that apply when bringing a claim for personal injury and it is essential that you would consult a solicitor as soon as possible following the accident in order to inform yourself of those time limits as if the time limit expires it will jeopardise your claim.

Ideally a Letter of Claim should be sent to the Defendant within 2 months of the incident happening and the claim must be lodged with the Injuries Board within 2 years of the accident.

In the case of a minor, the 2 years does not begin to run until the infant reaches his 18th birthday under current law. A claim can be brought at any stage on behalf of the child whilst he/ she is under the age of 18 years provided a parent or guardian acts as his/ her Next Friend.

A Claimant is entitled to be compensated for both physical injuries and psychological injuries if they are proven to have resulted from the accident for which someone is at fault.

The Claimant can also seek to recover his/ her out of pocket expenses (Special Damages) that includes any loss of earnings to date and into the future sustained as a result of the accident, medical expenses to date and into the future, physiotherapy expenses, counselling etc.

A claim's worth is based on the extent of the injuries and the length of time they may take to heal together with the economic loss suffered by the client.

This firm has 30 years experience in representing Claimants and in preparing the strongest possible case on their behalf.

Please note in contentious business solicitors may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.


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Contact Information

Kennedy Fitzgerald Solicitors
The Waterfront, Bridge Street,
Galway, Ireland. DX: 4549
T: 091-562060/1
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Kennedy Fitzgerald Solicitors