Personal injury law



Dedicated anti-fraud unit not necessary to tackle insurance fraud

A dedicated anti-fraud unit in An Garda Síochána is not necessary to tackle insurance fraud, according to Garda Commissioner Drew Harris.

Published 21 May 2019

Kearns questions whether Law Society can do more to stop fraudulent injury claims

Retired judge Nicholas Kearns, who chaired the Personal Injuries Commission, has questioned whether the Law Society of Ireland could do more to stop solicitors representing fraudulent personal injury claimants.

Published 20 May 2019

Kearns urges Government not to blame lawyers for insurance premium deadlock

The Government should not blame the legal profession for hindering efforts to reduce insurance premiums in Ireland, retired judge Nicholas Kearns has said.

Published 23 April 2019

Flanagan calls on insurance industry to bring down high premiums

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has said Ireland's "very profitable" insurance industry needs to do more to reduce the costs of premiums.

Published 29 March 2019

Mr Justice Frank Clarke criticises Government over leak of personal injury payouts letter

The Chief Justice of Ireland, Mr Justice Frank Clarke, has criticised the Government over the leaking of private correspondence about personal injury payouts.

Published 20 March 2019

High Court: Nightclub owners entitled to set-off debt owed to security firm which gave indemnity for personal injury claims

A company which operates a nightclub in Dublin has successfully argued that it is entitled to set-off €52,000 owed to a security firm, in circumstances where the firm gave an indemnity for personal injury claims arising from acts, negligence, or failures in its provision of security services.

Published 13 March 2019

Mr Justice Meenan to explore case for Medical Injuries Assessment Board

An expert group chaired by Mr Justice Charles Meenan has said it will explore the possible establishment of a Medical Injuries Assessment Board along the lines of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board.

Published 11 March 2019

Irish lawyers warn against blaming damages for high premiums as Northern Ireland hikes payouts

Irish lawyers have warned against blaming damages awards for high insurance premiums as newly-revised personal injury guidelines have hiked payouts in Northern Ireland by up to 20 per cent.

Published 1 March 2019

High Court: Taxi driver did not have 'absolute duty' towards drunken man who landed under his car during a fight

A man who brought a claim for personal injuries against a taxi driver who drove over his foot has had his claim dismissed in the High Court.

Published 25 February 2019

First injury settlement with periodic payments approved by High Court

The first settlement in a catastrophic injury case with provision for periodic payments has been approved by the High Court.

Published 22 February 2019

High Court: Woman injured by closing lift doors loses claim against her employer

A woman who was hit on the head by closing lift doors at her work premises, has lost her claim for damages as it was concluded that the incident was caused by her own negligence.

Published 20 February 2019

High Court: Damages for mental distress caused by wrongful death to be paid to surviving dependant only

Damages for mental distress in a case brought by the statutory dependants of a woman who died as a result of alleged negligence must be paid only to the sole surviving dependant in circumstances where the second dependant died since the proceedings commenced.

Published 18 February 2019

Law Society urges 'caution' on Government plans to bring down personal injury awards

The Law Society of Ireland has urged "extreme caution" following reports that the Government is planning to take action to reduce the level of personal injury pay-outs in Ireland.

Published 15 February 2019

High Court: Garda awarded over €40,000 for finger broken by violent detainee

A member of An Garda Síochána has been awarded over €40,000 in damages for an injury to his finger caused by a detainee who became violent while being photographed and fingerprinted.

Published 8 February 2019

Aer Lingus to pay €70,000 to boy burned with hot chocolate

Aer Lingus will pay out €70,000 after settling with a 12-year-old boy who suffered second-degree burns when he spilled hot chocolate on his lap during a flight, The Irish Times reports.

Published 8 February 2019