JMK Solicitors has been named as Northern Ireland's busiest personal injury firm for a ninth consecutive year. The firm was instructed in 1,512 cases last year, more than double that of the next busiest firm, according to figures obtained from the Compensation Recovery Unit inside the Department for
The High Court has awarded €92,500 in general damages to a woman who suffered multiple injuries in a significant head-on collision while driving her car. In so ruling, the court commented that there was nothing in the Personal Injuries Guidelines which prevented a court awarding a greater sum f
High Court: Solicitors should not be faulted for referring client directly to specialist doctor in appropriate cases
The High Court has awarded €60,000 to a woman who suffered a back injury while working as a healthcare assistant in Limerick Regional Hospital. In so ruling, the court was required to assess the weight it should attach to the evidence of the plaintiff’s medical expert. It was argued by th
NI High Court: Policing Board erred in rejecting medical evidence of officers’ work-related disability injuries
Northern Ireland’s High Court has determined that the Northern Ireland Policing Board (NIPB) did not have grounds to reject medical evidence involving injuries at work for two former constables. The court found that the medical evidence determination, not the Board’s, was final.
Personal injury specialist firm Kearney Law Group has announced the appointment of two new claim specialists to its team in Belfast. Lee Donaghy has been appointed to the newly-created role of claims and business development manager and Ryan Abram has been named senior claims consultant.
The Court of Appeal has upheld a finding of liability against Dunnes Stores for injuries suffered by an employee who fell from a wobbly ladder while stacking shelves. Dunnes Stores appealed the decision on the basis that the trial judge erred in his assessment of the evidence in the case. Delivering
Emma Murphy: High Court finally clarifies ‘special circumstances’ and Order 53, Rule 2(2) of the District Court Rules
Emma Murphy of RDJ LLP discusses a recent High Court on Circuit case in which the firm acted and successfully appealed against Order 53, Rule 2(2) of the District Court Rules. The recent decision from Justice Miriam O’Regan in Teresa Field v Cork City Council, an appeal from the Circuit C
High Court: Personal injuries case amended to allow new fact of slipping on truck steps rather than on wet floor
The High Court has allowed an amendment to a personal injuries summons which changed the method of accident from slipping on a wet floor to slipping on steps from a truck. The plaintiff was an employee of the defendant who claimed that he slipped during the course of his work in October 2014.
Mr Justice Michael Twomey is unpopular with lawyers because he is perceived as being on a "crusade" against litigation costs, according to The Irish Times. A senior counsel specialising in personal injury litigation told the newspaper that there is a "definite perception" that the High Court judge "
A number of key reforms to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) will come into effect from next week, the government has announced. Dara Calleary, minister of state for trade promotion and digital transformation at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, has signed a commencemen
The High Court has awarded €63,000 to a bus driver who was injured in an assault by an unidentified assailant during the course of his employment. The driver brought personal injuries proceedings against Bus Éireann claiming that the bus company failed to provide him with a safe place of
High Court: Post-accident medical records should be generally discoverable in personal injuries cases
The High Court has determined that a defendant was entitled to discovery of a plaintiff’s post-accident medical records in a personal injuries case. It was held that post-accident records were clearly relevant to the proceedings and there was no reason why they should not be discovered. Delive
High Court: Student who fell from horse has personal injury case dismissed against equestrian centre and university
The High Court has dismissed a personal injury claim brought by a university student who fell from a bucking horse at an equestrian centre. The plaintiff suffered a significant back injury in the fall and brought proceedings against the equestrian centre and the university which organised the horse-
Northern Ireland's High Court has determined that a personal injury settlement which a man received two years before his bankruptcy did not form part of the bankruptcy estate. The court found that the sum satisfied a statutory exception, and should be excluded because it represented provisions neces
High Court: Judge criticises ‘inappropriate’ practice of solicitors referring clients to medical specialists in personal injury cases
The High Court has dismissed two claims for personal injuries involving a minor accident on the basis that the plaintiffs gave "false and inconsistent" evidence in the case. A central feature of the case related to one of the plaintiffs being referred to medical consultants by her solicitor, which t