05 May 2020

Notice to Solicitors: COVID-19

Difficulties Submitting applications where no medical report has been received

With the on-going constraints caused by Covid-19 PIAB is aware that solicitors may be having difficulty obtaining medical reports from treating doctors.

The Solicitors Portal was set up for the submission of complete applications (completed application form, medical report and fee) to PIAB. For the period of the on-going constraints due to the coronavirus, PIAB has temporarily waived the requirement for submitting a medical report for the purposes of lodging a claim via the Portal.  In lieu of the medical report Solicitors must submit confirmation that a medical report has been commissioned and will be submitted to PIAB on receipt. The only impact of the change on the operation of the Portal is to facilitate automatic acknowledgement to the solicitor of the receipt of the application for the purposes of the Statute of Limitations via the Portal without the need to submit the medical report. 

This does not in any way alter the obligations of claimants under the system to provide a medical report before a claim is processed and assessed.  Claimants or their representatives will have to supply medical reports and attend independent medical examinations to progress their claim, and this obligation remains during and following this temporary period.

In accordance with section 13 of the PIAB Act 2003 as amended the Notice of Claim will be served on the respondent seeking their consent to the assessment of the claim on receipt of the completed application form, medical report and fee.

This is an interim arrangement and PIAB will revert to the normal operating procedures for the Portal when the current difficulties pass.

PIAB Solicitor Portal

In view of the on-going constraints caused by Covid-19, we would encourage as many solicitor’s firms as possible to use the  Solicitors’ Portal.

Many firms are now registered to use PIAB’s Solicitors Portal, which has very significant benefits.  These include: Automated acknowledgement of the statute stopped date on submission of an application and an application fee of €45. If solicitors post new claim applications to the PIAB the fee is €90.

To register to use the Solicitor Portal, please go to portal.piab.ie. For general information in relation to the portal please contact PIAB at solicitorportal@piab.ie.