Neil McGranaghan was instructed to act on behalf of Miss K in relation to her claim for loss and damage arising from a road traffic accident in Dublin. Our client instructed that she was the restrained front seat passenger in a car driven by her Father. The car was stationary when another vehicle collided with the rear of the vehicle behind, pushing it into the rear of her Father’s car.
The Gardai attended the scene and all details were exchanged.
Upon her return to Northern Ireland the following day, our client attended the Emergency Department of the Ulster Hospital where she was examined and diagnosed with having soft tissue injuries affecting her neck and back. She also attended her GP who prescribed painkillers.
Protracted discussions took place between Neil and the other driver’s insurance company who were based in Republic of Ireland. The insurance company firstly argued that Neil could not deal with the case given that the accident occurred in the South and once that point had been conceded by the insurer they then argued that our client was not entitled to have her legal costs paid on top of her damages. Neil has previously acted in similar cases and referred the insurer to the provisions of Rome II EC Regulation.
Under Rome II our client is entitled to be represented by a Solicitor based in her own jurisdiction even though her accident occurred in another European Country. The case can be brought in our Courts here in Northern Ireland however our client is entitled to claim damages based on appropriate damages in the EU Country that the accident occurred. This was of great benefit to our client in this case as damages in the Republic of Ireland greatly exceed those here in Northern Ireland.
After lengthy arguments and negotiations our client’s claim resolved in the sum of £14,000 plus her legal costs. Our client did not need to attend Court nor did she need to instruct a Solicitor based in Republic of Ireland which would have been very inconvenient for her and would have resulted in additional time and travel expenses.
Following the successful conclusion of her claim our client commented as follows;
“This was the first time that I have ever had to use a Solicitor and I am delighted with the outcome. I used my local Solicitor, Boyd Rice Solicitors even though the accident was in Dublin. I would definitely recommend Neil to anyone who find themselves in this situation”
If you have been involved in a road traffic accident in the Republic of Ireland or indeed in another EU Country please contact us by phone on 02891 817715 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us explain how we can help you. These are extremely complex cases and early advice is recommended.