Law Society hits back at claims that lawyers add to high whiplash payouts

AA's Director of Consumer Affairs, Conor Faughnan.

The Law Society is hitting back at claims that lawyers are adding to high whiplash payouts.

A new AA survey of over 5,000 motorists has found that just over a quarter of us think that court awards need to be lowered.

The typical payment is currently €15,000 - three times more than most other European countries.

Earlier this week the AA's Director of Consumer Affairs, Conor Faughnan, claimed solicitors are 'enabling and encouraging a litigation culture'.

But former President of the Law Society of Ireland, Stuart Gilhooly, says they are sometimes conned by their clients.

He said: "If a person comes into a solicitor's office and says 'I have a sore neck,' what they do is write to the person's doctor and if the doctor says 'yes, there is a claim here,' then they have no reason to believe otherwise.

They don't have resources to send private detectives out to follow their own clients.

- Digtial Desk

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