Changes to jurisdiction levels of civil courts

The changes to the monetary jurisdictions of the civil courts proposed by  Courts and Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2013 will take effect on 3rd February, 2014. The new limits will be: District Court: €15,000. Circuit Court in civil proceedings (other than personal injury claims): €75,000. Circuit Court for personal injury actions €60,000.  

Personal Injuries *: Compensation for tripping / falling / slipping in a shop

Compensation for tripping / falling / slipping in a shop * To establish a personal injuries*  case and obtain compensation for a trip / fall / slip in a shop you must first of all prove that your personal injury* was caused by the negligence of the shop or an agent or employee of the […]

Periodic Payments for catastrophic injuries *

Pressure is continually increasing for the introduction of legislation to provide for periodic payments in claims involving  catastrophic injuries. A working group was set up in 2010 to review this area of law and it reported unanimously in 2010 that legislation was required to allow cases to be settled by way of periodic payments for such catastrophic injuries. Pending […]

Birth Injury *

Birth injury* Thankfully the majority of births happen without any problems at all however when something goes wrong it can be very traumatic. If an infant is injured during the birth process the injury is categorised as birth trauma or birth injury. Birth injuries can have devastating effects on a family with some  unfortunately being life […]

Daughter awarded €5 millon compensation from Mothers car crash *

A daughter who was injured in a car crash when her mother was driving has settled proceedings in the High Court for 5 millon euro. The girl was a passenger in the back seat and suffered a fracture to the skull and a resulting brain injury. Please see below for further information: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/daughter-wins-5m-after-mums-car-crash-29086614.html     *In […]

Garda Compensation Scheme- €102,000 awarded *

A Garda received €102,000 from the Garda Compensation Scheme for an assault in which he was injured while trying to arrest a man. See below for further details: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/compensation-of-102000-for-garda-assaulted-while-making-an-arrest-29022814.html   *In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement. This statement is […]

MMR- Medical Negligence? MMR blamed for partially deaf girls disablement *

MMR – Medical Negligence? MMR blamed for partially deaf girls disablement Interesting case law has been established in the UK with the Daily Mail recently reporting that a 21-year-old Scottish woman, Katie Stephen, won a ruling that her deafness in one ear was due to an adverse reaction to the triple MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) […]

Birth injury – Compensation €340,000.*

A young boy who suffered a shoulder injury at birth has had his action settled for €340,000.   See below for further details:   http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/boy-10-gets-340000-over-injury-to-arm-28958999.html   *In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement. This statement is made in compliance with […]

Case against plastic surgeon for damages has settled. *

A woman who sued a plastic surgeon for damages over a breast operation settled her High Court action after suffering severe pain and fluid from her wounds following the operation. The implants were subsequently removed and she required treatment in hospital for cellulitis and wound breakdown.   See below for further information: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/woman-who-sued-over-breast-surgery-settles-case-1.962201     *In contentious […]

Personal Injuries: Man settles High Court case for €1.75m

A man who took a lift home after a party has settled his action for damages for €1.75 million. The man suffered severe injuries including brain damage. It should be noted that the driver was drunk at the time .   See below for further details: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/man-who-was-seriously-injured-after-he-took-lift-home-settles-for-175m-28944716.html