Personal injury law



Court of Appeal: €56,000 damages award overturned for woman scalded by hot water from shattered jug

The Court of Appeal has overturned a personal injuries award for a woman who was scalded by hot water after trying to make tea in a glass jug from Dunnes Stores. In the High Court, the plaintiff was awarded €56,000 after the trial judge held that the jug should have had a label to warn users not to place very hot water in the jug.

Published 22 January 2021

New survey to gauge impact of Covid-19 on personal injuries

Lawyers and courts staff have been invited to complete an anonymous survey aimed at gauging the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the personal injuries legal system.

Published 7 January 2021

Court of Appeal: Defendants must provide particulars of 'bald denial' in personal injuries action

The Court of Appeal has ruled that the defendants in a personal injuries action must provide further information to the plaintiff about a “bald denial” in their defence.

Published 24 December 2020

Court of Appeal: Centra shop owner liable for personal injuries caused in fight outside premises

The Court of Appeal has found a Centra shop and a security company liable for personal injuries which were sustained in a brawl outside the store premises.

Published 11 December 2020

Personal injury lawyers announce legal action over discount rate

Personal injury lawyers have launched legal action against Northern Ireland's Department of Justice (DOJ) over its decision not to set an interim personal injury discount rate pending legislation to introduce a new mechanism for setting the rate.

Published 11 December 2020

Personal injury awards in sights of action plan for insurance reform

The replacement of the Book of Quantum with personal injury guidelines, an enhanced role for the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) and the creation of a statutory offence of perjury are among the 66 actions set out in the government's first action plan for insurance reform.

Published 9 December 2020

New head of PIAB aims to reduce litigation and insurance costs

The new CEO of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) has said she is working with government ministers to boost the Board's powers and help to bring down insurance costs.

Published 26 November 2020

High Court: MIBI not liable for uninsured driver where plaintiff was aware defendant was uninsured

The High Court has ruled that the Motor Insurance Bureau of Ireland (MIBI), which compensates victims of uninsured driving, will not be liable for any judgment against an uninsured driver who injured one of his passengers by crashing his car into a ditch.

Published 11 November 2020

High Court: Occupiers are not required to remove all dangers

The High Court has dismissed a personal injuries appeal for a broken arm sustained by the plaintiff when she was eight years old.

Published 10 November 2020

High Court: Man awarded €231,000 for life-changing injuries in pub assault

The High Court has awarded €231,663.02 plus costs to a man left with life-changing injuries following an assault in a pub.

Published 9 November 2020

Judicial review to challenge parental approval of compensation payout

A judicial review launched on behalf of a child who was injured in a hit-and-run is challenging the standard practice of parents or guardians signing off on compensation settlements.

Published 9 November 2020

Supreme Court: High Court and Court of Appeal overturned in catastrophic injuries at birth case

The Supreme Court has overturned the judgments of the High Court and Court of Appeal in an action taken by a 25-year-old man for catastrophic injuries allegedly suffered in the circumstances of his birth.

Published 6 November 2020

BLM welcomes decision not to set interim personal injury discount rate

Insurance risk and commercial law specialist firm BLM has welcomed a decision not to set an interim personal injury discount rate pending legislation to introduce a new mechanism for setting the rate.

Published 6 November 2020

Louise Smith: Defendants bank on new legislation to reduce plaintiff costs in personal injury actions

Ronan Daly Jermyn partner Louise Smith and trainee Aisling Breen explore proposals to reduce plaintiff costs in personal injury litigation.

Published 6 November 2020

High Court: Renewal of professional negligence summons set aside

The High Court has set aside a judge's renewal of a summons in a case concerning alleged professional negligence in circumstances where the summons had already been renewed by the Master of the High Court.

Published 5 November 2020