Personal injury law



High Court: Girl granted order rejecting €21K damages assessment made by PIAB

A girl who initially accepted a €21,000 damages assessment from the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) for injuries sustained in a road traffic accident has been granted an order rejecting this assessment and a declaration that the PIAB can authorise legal proceedings.

Published 14 January 2020

Councils pay out £1.3m in personal injury cases

Northern Ireland councils have paid out at least £1.3 million in personal injury cases since 2015, according to new figures.

Published 13 January 2020

Deirdre Munnelly: Courts criticise lawyer referrals to medical experts

Mason Hayes & Curran partner Deirdre Munnelly and associate Aisling Pierce examine a recent judgment criticising lawyers who refer their clients for specialist medical evaluation in the absence of a referral from the client’s primary treating doctor.

Published 10 January 2020

Government to legislate to protect sports clubs from certain personal injuries claims

Ministers are planning to bring proposals to the Dáil to protect sports clubs from some personal injuries claims, according to reports.

Published 7 January 2020

Bar Council rejects claims it 'unilaterally' dropped barrister limit in personal injury cases

The Bar Council of Ireland has rejected claims that it has "unilaterally" dropped a long-standing undertaking to limit the number of senior counsel involved in personal injury cases.

Published 23 December 2019

High Court: Cyclist whose foot was broken in Dublin collision awarded €20,000

A cyclist who suffered a broken foot when a motorist drove over his foot at a junction has been awarded €20,640 in the High Court.

Published 18 December 2019

Law Society 'vindicated' on insurance industry by new figures

New figures have "shone a statistical searchlight on the false and exaggerated claims of the Irish motor insurance industry", the Law Society of Ireland has said.

Published 17 December 2019

Average motor insurance premiums up 42 per cent in a decade

Average motor insurance premiums increased by 42 per cent between 2009 and 2018, despite the cost of claims per policy decreasing by 2.5 per cent over the same period, according to new Central Bank of Ireland figures.

Published 16 December 2019

Four models for personal injuries damages cap set out by law reform body

Four models for capping personal injury awards have been set out by the Law Reform Commission in an issues paper published today.

Published 11 December 2019

High Court judge tells insurer that failed claims don't necessarily mean solicitor misconduct

Personal injury solicitors are not guilty of misconduct just because their client's claim has been dismissed, a High Court judge has affirmed in response to allegations from an insurance firm.

Published 3 December 2019

Ms Justice Mary Irvine to chair first meeting of new personal injuries committee next week

A meeting of the seven "members designate" of the Personal Injuries Guidelines Committee will be convened early next week by Ms Justice Mary Irvine of the Supreme Court, Ireland's top judge has announced.

Published 28 November 2019

High Court: Periodic payment order legislation 'a dead letter' in its current form

The new statutory scheme providing for periodic payment orders (PPO) for plaintiffs with catastrophic injuries has been described as “a dead letter” in the High Court.

Published 22 November 2019

High Court: Pedestrian fails to establish negligence of a driver who knocked him down on 100km/h road

A pedestrian who was struck by a driver on an N road in Longford has had his personal injuries claim against the driver dismissed in the High Court.

Published 20 November 2019

Personal injuries guidelines committee members selected by Chief Justice

The Chief Justice of Ireland, Mr Justice Frank Clarke, has identified judges to sit on the Judicial Council's personal injuries guidelines committee, he announced this morning.

Published 19 November 2019

Personal injury solicitors Una O'Neill and Gerard Nugent celebrate appeal wins

Personal injury solicitors Una O'Neill and Gerard Nugent have celebrated three successful appeals which led to higher pay-outs for their clients.

Published 19 November 2019