Personal Injuries Assessment Board
PIAB is Ireland’s independent State body which assesses personal injuries compensation in a timely and cost-efficient manner. PIAB assesses compensation in respect of personal injuries suffered by people in motor accidents, work place accidents and public liability accidents. All personal injury claims must come through PIAB, unless settled early between claimants and insurers/respondents.
Under the legislation which established PIAB, medical negligence claims are not included in the accidents which may be submitted to us for assessment.
PIAB has assessed more than 100,000 cases since it was set up in 2004 and over 60 per cent of claimants have accepted its assessments. The average time to assess in 2016 was 7.1 months and the average delivery cost was 6.4% of awards.
Claims may be resolved by: direct settlement between the parties, a PIAB assessment, or litigation. Court decisions ultimately determine overall damages levels and the PIAB model preserves the constitutional right of access to the courts. Insurers/respondents are charged a €600 fee per case for the PIAB service and claimants are charged €45.
Claimants can deal with PIAB directly or choose to engage the services of a solicitor to deal with us on their behalf – however, they generally must bear any associated legal costs. We publish transparent information, the most comprehensive available in relation to personal injury claims in Ireland, including the Book of Quantum. By publishing this data, and because its model results in more predictable costs of claims, PIAB contributes to a more efficient personal injuries compensation system in Ireland. Here is a link to our statistics section.