Personal injury law



Court of Appeal: Plaintiff ordered to pay differential costs and appeal costs after damages were reduced by court

The Court of Appeal has made a differential costs order against a plaintiff in personal injuries proceedings after her award was substantially reduced on appeal. Further, the court ordered the plaintiff to pay the defendants’ costs of the appeal as well.

Published 12 May 2021

New personal injury guidelines now in effect

New personal injury guidelines providing for significantly reduced payouts in most cases came into effect on Saturday.

Published 26 April 2021

Personal injury guidelines 'swing pendulum too far' in favour of insurers

New personal injury guidelines coming into effect tomorrow will give insurers too much of an advantage over claimants, the Law Society of Ireland has said.

Published 23 April 2021

Garda compensation claims to be brought into PIAB process

Compensation claims by gardaí for injuries sustained in the line of duty will be brought within the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) process under new legislation.

Published 23 April 2021

Court of Appeal: €56,000 award for damaged finger overturned after plaintiff failed to prove the case as pleaded

The Court of Appeal has overturned a €56,000 award for a damaged finger on the basis that the plaintiff failed to prove the case that was pleaded and presented to the trial judge.

Published 22 April 2021

Court of Appeal: €80,000 award for psychiatric damage overturned for ESB worker who avoided electrocution

The Court of Appeal has overturned an €80,000 award in damages for psychiatric injury for an electrician who avoided being electrocuted when trying to repair a street light.

Published 19 April 2021

Former High Court president says personal injury guidelines may not lead to cheaper insurance

Former High Court president Mr Justice Peter Kelly has cast doubt on whether reduced personal injury payouts will lead to cheaper insurance premiums.

Published 19 April 2021

High Court: Deceased victim of Bloody Sunday violence awarded £250,000 in personal injury case

The High Court of Northern Ireland has awarded more than £250,000 to the estate of a deceased victim of military brutality on Bloody Sunday. The victim, Ms Margaret Deery, was shot through her thigh with a high-calibre bullet, resulting in massive damage to her leg and serious medical complications.

Published 15 April 2021

Personal injury guidelines to come into effect next week

New personal injury guidelines providing for reduced payouts in most cases will come into effect next week.

Published 13 April 2021

Personal injury discount rate to be set to -1.75 per cent

The personal injury discount rate will be dramatically lowered from 2.5 per cent to -1.75 per cent, Justice Minister Naomi Long has announced.

Published 26 March 2021

High Court: Defendant successfully argues that accident report form is covered by litigation privilege

The High Court has determined that an accident report form compiled by a defendant to a personal injuries claim was not discoverable due to litigation privilege.

Published 22 March 2021

Plans to bring more cases before PIAB out for consultation

Plans to bring more cases within the ambit of an enhanced Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) have gone out for consultation.

Published 22 March 2021

Personal injuries guidelines to be brought into effect through legislation

Legislative amendments to bring the Judicial Council's new personal injuries guidelines into effect have been agreed by ministers.

Published 10 March 2021

Personal injury lawyers urge MLAs to maintain 'risk-free' discount rate

Plans to change the way damages are calculated in Northern Ireland could leave people with life-changing injuries under-compensated and relying on the state, personal injury lawyers have warned.

Published 9 March 2021

Court of Appeal: Damages increased to €372,000 for psychological injuries caused in car accident

The Court of Appeal has increased the award of damages for a plaintiff who was hit by a car to €372,000. The plaintiff had appealed the decision of the High Court, which had awarded her with €265,000 after it was determined that she was 45 percent liable for the accident.

Published 8 March 2021