Call McGarr Solicitors on: 01 6351580

Home » Blog » Injuries Board


The Personal Injuries Assessment Board will, it says, pay the actual expenses (or some of them) of selected claimants. This will extend to legal fees incurred by the claimant. However, 90% of claimants are incurring legal fees. The Board will not select those people as entitled to reimbursement of expenses. We will have to wait and see who it selects and why and, more importantly, who it will not select.

It should be borne in mind that PIAB is a creature of the Government and is funded by the Insurance industry and designed to benefit it.

The PIAB concession to claimants is an admission that the selected claimants would, under PIAB, and in the absence of the concession have suffered a detriment with a corresponding benefit to some insurance company.

PIAB is unashamedly a method for distributing social losses with the distribution skewed in favour of wealthy insurance companies.

What will happen when PIAB is made subject to the investigations of the Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly?


  1. I have a case against Eircom. My case went through PIAB but I turned down their offer. It is now settled but I am told I have to pay my own legal fees up to time of PIAB. Will I have to.

  2. The PIAB system carries no liability for a wrongdoer to pay any costs of a claimant, other than the costs PIAB has, in general, approved (such as doctors fees for medical reports).

    Negotiation was an opportunity to factor in the liability for such costs. If the chance is gone it is gone.

    Your costs for the PIAB work are payable to your solicitor. The level of costs should be reasonable. Ideally, in addition to telling you of your liability for such costs when you engaged him/her, your solicitor would have told you of the liklihood of you being asked to pay for such work if you accepted the negotiated offer, without Eircom being required to pay those costs.