PIAB Assessment Almost Doubled in High Court

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Value of a Personal Injury uplifted in High Court by almost 90%

High Court Uses the New Personal Injury Guidelines for First time since its Introduction in March 2021

Judgement was delivered on 13th October by Mr Justice Hanna in a High Court personal injury action taken by a client of Synnott Lawline Solicitors as reported in the Irish Times 14th October. Following rejection by the plaintiff of the previous PIAB assessment of €46,000 for her injuries, not unusually, the High Court significantly increased the assessment figure, almost doubling it in this particular case.

The case was particularly interesting as it was one of the first to be assessed by the court under the new Judicial Personal Injuries Guidelines. Under the said guidelines, PIAB are required to identify and assess compensation for the ‘Main Injury’ and then add on an ‘Uplift Figure’ in respect of other injuries. Typically, PIAB have been including just a small amount for any uplift figure, whereas the High Court in this particular case uplifted the value of the main injury by almost 90%.

Hopefully PIAB will take cognisance of this case in making future assessments. Read the Article: Irish Times 14th October 2022. High Court uses new guidelines to award €87,000 to carer knocked off her bike. Cyclist fractured her wrist and clavicle in the 2019 accident in Summerhill, Dublin

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