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If you are a member of An Garda Siochana and sustained a personal injury maliciously inflicted upon you in the performance of your duties, or acting in your general capacity as a member when off duty, you may be entitled to compensation under the Garda Siochana (Compensation) Acts 1941-1945.


Dependents of deceased members who were fatally injured while on duty or while acting in their general capacity as a member or merely because of their being a member of An Garda Siochana may also be entitled to compensation.


You must ensure that your application is made within the strict three-month time limit allowed by the Act however the Minister does have discretion to extend this time limit in exceptional circumstances.


In particular the courts have most recently awarded compensation for members who suffered severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) while on duty where the members application was not submitted within the time limit allowed.


If you think you are have a claim contact O’Brien Murphy Solicitors who have a dedicated team to assist you with the process.

The Application Proccess


O’Brien Murphy Solicitors will submit the application on your behalf, together with medical reports from your treating doctors. Once you are happy that a final prognosis has been made with respect to your injuries you will then be required to attend the Chief Medical Officer who will prepare a report and send it to the Minister for Justice and Equality for review.


If the Minister, on review of the medical reports, determines that your injuries are not of a minor nature and were maliciously inflicted while on duty, the Minster will issue an authorisation allowing you to lodge your proceedings in the High Court for compensation. A hearing date will issue and the Judge will determine compensation. You will also be entitled to any out of pocket expenses incurred.


If a claim is successful all fees are recoverable from the state and no deduction will be made by O’Brien Murphy Solicitors to your overall award.

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