Tourist Injury Compensation
Can a tourist make a claim for compensation for an accident in Ireland?
‘Can a tourist make a claim for compensation for an accident in Ireland?’ is a question that might be asked if one of the many visitors to this country were to sustain an injury in an accident for which they were not to blame. The answer is “yes”, but the process for claiming tourist injury compensation is likely to be more complicated than if an injury were suffered by a citizen of the Republic because of the unfamiliarity of the claims process as much as the geographical distance between Ireland and the plaintiff´s home country.
Claims for injury compensation for a tourist in Ireland have to be made through the Injuries Board – a government body which assesses applications submitted to them once they receive consent from the person(s) responsible for your injury. When applying to the Injuries Board, there is no need to submit evidence of negligence to support your claim for tourist injury compensation, but your application must be submitted by a Medical Assessment Form completed by the medical practitioner who attended you after your accident.
It is always in your best interests to engage the services of a solicitor to help with this process – not only because most tourists to Ireland will be unfamiliar with the Injuries Board process, but also because the application forms are not straightforward to complete – particularly if English is not your first language. Depending on the nature of the accident you were injured in and the consequences that your injuries have had on your quality of life, it is recommended that somebody with experience of the Injuries Board process completes the paperwork on your behalf to ensure your full entitlement of tourist injury compensation.
Furthermore, were the person(s) responsible for your injury to deny their liability for your injury, it can be more difficult for a tourist to make a claim for compensation for an accident in Ireland, as it will be necessary to take your claim to court. In order to do this, you will require the services of a solicitor; particularly when you live abroad and now have to compile evidence of negligence to support your claim for injury compensation for a tourist in Ireland.
Ideally, you should speak with a solicitor about the circumstances of your accident as soon as possible, not only to find out more about can a tourist make a claim for compensation for an accident in Ireland, but also to ensure that your right to injury compensation is not eroded by the lack of evidence in support of a tourist injury compensation claim.