Fraudulent personal injury claims - We’re finally crying foul

Fraudulent personal injury claims - We’re finally crying foul

The tide appears to be turning on fraudulent and exaggerated personal injury claims, an issue that has contributed to a huge rise in insurance premiums for businesses, home owners, and motorists.

The manner in which some lawyers contribute to the problem has been recognised publicly by a Circuit Court judge, who, during the course of a hearing yesterday, suggested that “some solicitors should be a bit more selective about who they take on”.

Judge Jacqueline Linnane’s remarks came as she dismissed five fraudulent claims by members of the travelling community.

In April, business lobby group Isme told the Oireachtas finance committee that the judiciary was too soft on people making false and exaggerated injuries claims, but Judge Linnane belies that characterisation.

In May, she dismissed a defamation action against a sports shop as “an appalling waste of time”.

Insurance reform is already underway in the shape of the Judicial Council Bill, which passed through the Oireachtas on Tuesday.

Though not part of the Government’s plan for reducing insurance costs, the Judicial Council, to be established under the bill, will also look at introducing guidelines for personal injuries awards.

The strong, independent voice of Judge Linnane is an important and welcome addition to reform.

It is now time for the tide to turn more quickly.

More on this topic

Dozens of beachgoers push stranded whale pod back out to seaDozens of beachgoers push stranded whale pod back out to sea

British MPs back amendment which could thwart no-deal BrexitBritish MPs back amendment which could thwart no-deal Brexit

Northern Ireland happy to emerge on right side of close contestNorthern Ireland happy to emerge on right side of close contest

200 years Fermoy history at Presentation Convent sale200 years Fermoy history at Presentation Convent sale

More in this Section

Plans for new look HSE sound oldPlans for new look HSE sound old

The flowering of EU democracy? HardlyThe flowering of EU democracy? Hardly

Food insecurity shows the fork is mightier than the wallFood insecurity shows the fork is mightier than the wall

Lone mothers carry their children and a stigma imposed by the StateLone mothers carry their children and a stigma imposed by the State


Lifestyle

Whether it’s wearing acid-washed jeans or booty shorts, the model is a denim chameleon.As she lands a big new campaign, here’s why Kendall Jenner is a denim icon

Don’t want to just chuck away all that clutter? Gabrielle Fagan reveals simple ways to get it out of sight.Seek and hide: 6 storage solutions to keep you and your rooms cool and calm this summer

From playsuits to parkas, here’s what to pack, whatever the weather. By Katie Wright.The beginner’s guide to festival fashion

Hate delegating, constantly check emails and scared to take holiday? Being too tied to work could be damaging your wellbeing.Has worrying about work taken over your life? 6 signs that you might have work separation anxiety

More From The Irish Examiner