Personal injury law

Alison Cassidy: Proposed personal discount rate will needlessly drive up claims costs

Alison Cassidy, partner at BLM in Belfast, examines proposals to slash the personal injury discount rate in Northern Ireland.

Published 3 March 2020

High Court: Man who ran into path of racehorses in the Curragh loses personal injuries claim

A man who sustained injuries when he collided with racehorses being worked in the Curragh has had his personal injuries claim dismissed in the High Court.

Published 28 February 2020

Irish law firms approached by 'claims harvesting' website

A number of Irish law firms have been approached by a UK-based "claims harvesting" website offering to refer clients for a fee, the Law Society of Ireland has said.

Published 5 February 2020

Court of Appeal: State successfully appeals €158k damages awarded to Revenue employee who tripped at work

The State has successfully appealed against a finding of liability in a trip and fall case which resulted in an award of over €158,000 in general and special damages.

Published 3 February 2020

Kildare solicitor Liam Moloney appointed to personal injury body executive

Kildare solicitor Liam Moloney has been appointed to the executive board of the Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL).

Published 27 January 2020

High Court: Girl granted order rejecting €21K damages assessment made by PIAB

A girl who initially accepted a €21,000 damages assessment from the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) for injuries sustained in a road traffic accident has been granted an order rejecting this assessment and a declaration that the PIAB can authorise legal proceedings.

Published 14 January 2020

Councils pay out £1.3m in personal injury cases

Northern Ireland councils have paid out at least £1.3 million in personal injury cases since 2015, according to new figures.

Published 13 January 2020

Deirdre Munnelly: Courts criticise lawyer referrals to medical experts

Mason Hayes & Curran partner Deirdre Munnelly and associate Aisling Pierce examine a recent judgment criticising lawyers who refer their clients for specialist medical evaluation in the absence of a referral from the client’s primary treating doctor.

Published 10 January 2020

Government to legislate to protect sports clubs from certain personal injuries claims

Ministers are planning to bring proposals to the Dáil to protect sports clubs from some personal injuries claims, according to reports.

Published 7 January 2020

Bar Council rejects claims it 'unilaterally' dropped barrister limit in personal injury cases

The Bar Council of Ireland has rejected claims that it has "unilaterally" dropped a long-standing undertaking to limit the number of senior counsel involved in personal injury cases.

Published 23 December 2019

High Court: Cyclist whose foot was broken in Dublin collision awarded €20,000

A cyclist who suffered a broken foot when a motorist drove over his foot at a junction has been awarded €20,640 in the High Court.

Published 18 December 2019

Law Society 'vindicated' on insurance industry by new figures

New figures have "shone a statistical searchlight on the false and exaggerated claims of the Irish motor insurance industry", the Law Society of Ireland has said.

Published 17 December 2019

Average motor insurance premiums up 42 per cent in a decade

Average motor insurance premiums increased by 42 per cent between 2009 and 2018, despite the cost of claims per policy decreasing by 2.5 per cent over the same period, according to new Central Bank of Ireland figures.

Published 16 December 2019

Four models for personal injuries damages cap set out by law reform body

Four models for capping personal injury awards have been set out by the Law Reform Commission in an issues paper published today.

Published 11 December 2019

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