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IrelandMajority of Irish drivers want new laws to lower court payouts on whiplash injures

10:50  27 may  2019
10:50  27 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Majority of Irish drivers want new laws to lower court payouts on whiplash injures . Victims of whiplash were awarded an average of €20,000, according to 2018 figures from the Personal Injuries Assessment Board. From January to June 2018

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Majority of Irish drivers want new laws to lower court payouts on whiplash injures © Chris Rout / Alamy Personal injury claims are most often from motor, work or public place accidents

Nearly 70% of drivers have called for new laws which would lower court payouts on whiplash injuries. With compo claims for neck pain reaching up to €30,000, a survey showed 69% said they would strongly support new legislation to combat rising insurance costs.

The AA, which carried out the study, warned Irish courts award compensation payments that are “out of line with the extent of the injury suffered”. Director Conor Faughnan said: “When you compare compensation awards in Irish courts to those in other countries, for example the United Kingdom, there is noticeable issue with awards here being.

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The bill will seek to set fixed amounts of compensation for whiplash claims and the halt the practice of Ministers have also proposed changes to the way the personal injury payouts are calculated “We need changes to the law to tackle some of the root causes. Soft tissue injury claims have been

Payouts for soft-tissue injuries such as whiplash are 4.4 times higher in Ireland than in the UK. Draft recommendations of the Personal Injuries Commission (PIC), which was chaired by Nicholas Kearns, a former president of the High Court , show he originally wanted the government to introduce

“Unfortunately, some people do suffer legitimate whiplash injuries, or much worse as a result of a car accident and these people deserve to be fairly compensated. “However, we do need to look at steps that can be taken to bring Irish awards in line with international standards.”

The AA’s survey of 4,000 motorists showed a further 21% would be somewhat supportive of legislation to lower whiplash payments and only 3% would be opposed. Insurance Ireland revealed 80% of motor injury claims are for whiplash and drivers were less likely to support new laws that would reduce payouts for other injuries.

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Majority of Irish drivers want new laws to lower court payouts on whiplash injures
Majority of Irish drivers want new laws to lower court payouts on whiplash injures
Majority of Irish drivers want new laws to lower court payouts on whiplash injures
Majority of Irish drivers want new laws to lower court payouts on whiplash injures
Majority of Irish drivers want new laws to lower court payouts on whiplash injures
Majority of Irish drivers want new laws to lower court payouts on whiplash injures
Majority of Irish drivers want new laws to lower court payouts on whiplash injures
Majority of Irish drivers want new laws to lower court payouts on whiplash injures
Majority of Irish drivers want new laws to lower court payouts on whiplash injures
Majority of Irish drivers want new laws to lower court payouts on whiplash injures
Majority of Irish drivers want new laws to lower court payouts on whiplash injures
Majority of Irish drivers want new laws to lower court payouts on whiplash injures
Majority of Irish drivers want new laws to lower court payouts on whiplash injures
Majority of Irish drivers want new laws to lower court payouts on whiplash injures
Majority of Irish drivers want new laws to lower court payouts on whiplash injures
Majority of Irish drivers want new laws to lower court payouts on whiplash injures
Majority of Irish drivers want new laws to lower court payouts on whiplash injures
Majority of Irish drivers want new laws to lower court payouts on whiplash injures
Majority of Irish drivers want new laws to lower court payouts on whiplash injures
Majority of Irish drivers want new laws to lower court payouts on whiplash injures
Majority of Irish drivers want new laws to lower court payouts on whiplash injures
Majority of Irish drivers want new laws to lower court payouts on whiplash injures
Majority of Irish drivers want new laws to lower court payouts on whiplash injures
Majority of Irish drivers want new laws to lower court payouts on whiplash injures
Majority of Irish drivers want new laws to lower court payouts on whiplash injures
Majority of Irish drivers want new laws to lower court payouts on whiplash injures
Majority of Irish drivers want new laws to lower court payouts on whiplash injures
Majority of Irish drivers want new laws to lower court payouts on whiplash injures
Majority of Irish drivers want new laws to lower court payouts on whiplash injures
Majority of Irish drivers want new laws to lower court payouts on whiplash injures
Majority of Irish drivers want new laws to lower court payouts on whiplash injures
Just 55% said they would strongly support Government measures designed to lower court compensation payouts for non-whiplash injuries. A further 29% would be somewhat supportive of this approach. Mr Faughnan said: “Ultimately, irrespective of the nature of the injury, those with a legitimate grievance deserve to be fairly compensated for any earnings lost as well as medical costs.

“However, in the majority of cases, there really should be no need for the courts to be involved in order to agree a fair settlement.” Victims of whiplash were awarded an average of €20,000, according to 2018 figures from the Personal Injuries Assessment Board.

From January to June 2018, more than half of such claimants received between €10,000 and €20,000 in compensation, while some received up to €30,000. These high payouts are driving up the cost of motor premiums nationwide, the Irish Insurance Federation had warned.

A leading Irish neurosurgeon has previously claimed that whiplash is nothing but a “myth” created in the 20th century. Prof Marks said: “Labelling people as suffering from one of these conditions provides them with various forms of secondary gain – and, in the case of whiplash and soft tissue injury, plenty of hard cash from compensation claims.

“Whiplash in certain affluent countries is big business, a multi-billion euro gravy train for the medical profession, victims and lawyers.” Citing the higher insurance pay outs in Ireland, he said: “Irish spines seem to be more fragile than those of our European neighbours”.

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