Personal injury law



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

Whiplash patients 'stop attending treatment' after completing litigation

More than nine in ten whiplash patients at a Dublin pain management clinic stopped attending treatment after completing their personal injury litigation, according to research.

Published 7 October 2019

High Court: Provincial of Oblate Fathers granted order dismissing personal injury proceedings

The Provincial of the Oblate Fathers of Ireland has been granted an order dismissing personal injury proceedings brought against him, in which a man who alleged he had suffered sexual abuse by an Oblate priest in the 1950s sought to hold him vicariously liable for the priests actions.

Published 19 September 2019

High Court: Adoption Authority granted order dismissing personal injury proceedings

The Adoption Authority of Ireland has been granted an order dismissing proceedings brought by a woman whose child was adopted in 1980. The woman was 16 at the time and submitted that the circumstances surrounding the adoption of her daughter entailed a breach of her rights.

Published 18 September 2019

Gardaí planning raids on solicitors' offices as part of insurance fraud crackdown

Gardaí are planning a number of raids on solicitors' offices as part of a crackdown on insurance fraud, according to reports.

Published 16 September 2019

Plan to double PIAB postal application fees attracts backlash from solicitors

Plans to double processing fees for claims submitted to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) by post have come under fire from solicitors.

Published 20 August 2019

High Court: Man who slipped on stone steps at National Museum awarded €67,000

A man who suffered an injury to his knee requiring surgery after he slipped on the stone staircase at the National Museum of Ireland has been awarded €67,000 in the High Court.

Published 9 August 2019

High Court: Garda awarded €90,000 compensation for facial injuries suffered in car crash

A garda who was involved in a "traumatic" road traffic collision in Mullingar, in which large pieces of wood entered through the body of the car while his young children were in the back seat,  has been awarded €90,000 in the High Court.

Published 8 August 2019

Number and value of personal injury awards down on previous year

The number and value of personal injury awards in Ireland declined last year, according to new figures from the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB).

Published 22 July 2019

Lawyers call for personal injury discount rate to be brought in line with England and Wales

Lawyers have called on the Department of Justice to bring the personal injury discount rate in Northern Ireland in line with the rate in England and Wales.

Published 19 July 2019