ISME fears lawyers’ take on in­jury re­port

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS -

ISME, the Ir­ish SME As­so­ci­a­tion has ex­pressed con­cerns with a num­ber of re­cent sto­ries sug­gest­ing that mem­bers of the le­gal pro­fes­sion take is­sue with the find­ings of the Per­sonal In­juries Com­mis­sion, which re­cently pub­lished its fi­nal re­port.

“ISME has made it clear that while it ac­cepts the Com­mis­sion’s di­ag­no­sis of our out-of-con­trol dam­ages regime, we do not agree with the Com­mis­sion’s sug­ges­tion that it is the ju­di­ciary which should be tasked with fix­ing it, via a Ju­di­cial Coun­cil,” said ISME CEO Neil McDon­nell

ISME is most con­cerned at the “re­peated con­fla­tion” of the is­sue of dam­ages for cat­a­strophic, life-al­ter­ing in­juries with the work that the PIC was en­gaged to do. The Com­mis­sion terms of ref­er­ences pre­dom­i­nantly tasked it with analysing soft-tis­sue, ‘whiplash’ in­juries, which con­sti­tute the vast bulk of set­tle­ments in Ire­land.

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