ISME fears lawyers’ take on injury report
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.