Personal injury law



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

JMK Solicitors remains top firm for personal injury cases for fifth year

JMK Solicitors handled more personal injury cases in Northern Ireland than any other law firm for a fifth consecutive year.

Published 31 January 2019

High Court: Man who received two defective hip prosthetics should have applied to Injuries Board before bringing claim

A man who had two hip replacements in 2007, which were later found to be defective and recalled by the manufacturer, has had his claim dismissed in the High Court.

Published 17 January 2019

Court of Appeal: Security officer who sought damages for slap to the buttocks has appeal dismissed

A security officer who brought a personal injury claim against a delivery driver, Tesco and Brennans Bread has had his appeal dismissed in the Court of Appeal.

Published 14 January 2019

Government to consider interim measures for personal injury awards reform

The Government is set to present judges and the Courts Service with interim proposals to bring down personal injury awards, the Irish Independent reports.

Published 14 January 2019