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Personal Injuries

Rise in Personal Injuries compensation evident from new Book of Quantum

A much-anticipated new edition of the Book of Quantum has been published following recent criticism from the High Court for the failure to update the previous book. 

The Book of Quantum sets out the guidelines for compensation awards by categorising different types of injuries.
09 December 2016/Author: Mark Felton/Number of views (590)/Comments (0)/
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Personal Injuries

Personal Injuries

Circuit Court approves award of €19,000 for boy’s injured clavicle

The Circuit Court has approved a settlement of €19,000 for a boy who injured his clavicle after getting stuck in an electric gate when he was two years old. 

The plaintiff in May 2010 was playing outside his home when he put his head between the railings of an electric gate.
09 December 2016/Author: Mark Felton/Number of views (591)/Comments (0)/
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WARDS OF COURT – NEW PROVISIONS

WARDS OF COURT – NEW PROVISIONS

Law relating to capacity completely overhauled under new Act

The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 has revolutionised the law and idea of what it means for a vulnerable person to have ‘capacity’ to make their own decisions.
Prior to this year, the law adopted an ‘all or nothing’ approach which categorised people as either having capacity to make decisions on their own or not.
09 November 2016/Author: Mark Felton/Number of views (787)/Comments (0)/
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PROPERTY - HILLWALKERS

PROPERTY - HILLWALKERS

Decision in Hillwalker case puts Landowners and parks on ‘red alert’

You might think that by engaging in certain outdoor activities such as hillwalking there will be inherent risks to the recreation which you accept once you set out. Accidents after all can happen in which there is no-one to blame.
This was the argument put before the Court by the National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) in defending a personal injuries action by a hillwalker who injured herself on a boardwalk over one of their lands.

09 November 2016/Author: Mark Felton/Number of views (573)/Comments (0)/
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DEFAMATION

DEFAMATION

Ireland’s continued use of juries for defamation cases comes under criticism

Ireland is a better country than most to be a plaintiff in a defamation case. Our courts have awarded some of the highest pay-outs in the whole of Europe.
One of the main reasons for these high levels of compensation is related to the continued use of juries in High Court defamation actions. Many of these colossal awards, which in some cases have been in the millions, have been criticised by the courts and the media alike.
Such high awards of damages run the risk of creating a ‘chilling effect’ on the right to freedom of expression.
09 November 2016/Author: Mark Felton/Number of views (544)/Comments (0)/
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