Personal injury law



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

Personal injury guidelines to lead to significantly reduced payouts

New personal injury guidelines which will lead to significantly reduced payouts in most cases have been approved by the Judicial Council.

Published 8 March 2021

Judicial committee stands by draft personal injuries guidelines

The Judicial Council's personal injuries guidelines committee is standing by its recommendations and will not make changes in response to criticism from some judges, according to reports.

Published 2 March 2021

Personal injury discount rate bill introduced

Legislation to change how the personal injury discount rate is calculated has been introduced to the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Published 2 March 2021

Mandatory court approval of settlements involving minors to go out to consultation

Proposals to require courts to approve legal settlements of financial cases involving minors are set to be put to a public consultation after the summer.

Published 2 March 2021

Alistair Kinley: Further tension between minister and justice committee over NI discount rate

Alistair Kinley of commercial and insurance law specialists BLM considers the latest developments on the personal injury discount rate in Northern Ireland.

Published 23 February 2021

High Court: Test for post-accident discovery of medical records does not require an expert opinion

The High Court has granted an order for post-accident discovery of a plaintiff’s medical records in a personal injuries action and reaffirmed the position that post-accident discovery may be granted in line with the usual rules of discovery.

Published 22 February 2021

Judges dissent from proposed personal injury guidelines

A number of senior judges have circulated memos critical of draft personal injury guidelines currently being considered by the Judicial Council, according to reports.

Published 17 February 2021

Court of Appeal: €110,000 award overturned for employee who slipped on steps at work

The Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal against a personal injuries award for a man who slipped and fell down set of steps at work.

Published 9 February 2021

Judicial Council adjourns to further consider personal injury guidelines

The Judicial Council has adjourned to give further consideration to proposed personal injury guidelines following its meeting on Friday.

Published 8 February 2021