Proposal to cut injury claims faces probable delay

New judicial guidelines are considered the most appropriate method of dealing with the issue of spiralling damages, as any form of legislative cap by politicians would amount to an unconstitutional intrusion on the functions of the judiciary

26th August, 2018
Retired judge Nicholas Kearns

Proposals to slash exorbitant personal injury claims may be delayed until next year, after the establishment of the Judicial Council.

An unpublished report is calling on judges to address Ireland’s compensation culture, with awards for soft tissue injuries here nearly five times higher than in Britain.

The findings by the Personal Injuries Commission (PIC), chaired by retired judge Nicholas Kearns, follow an international benchmarking process based on a trawl of unpublished insurance data.

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