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Big changes ahead for how courts award damages in cases of catastrophic injuries

It’s hoped that new Bill will be enacted early this year.

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A NEW BILL is set to change the way courts award damages in cases of catastrophic injuries.

The Civil Liability (Amendment) Bill 2017 will allow courts to make the awards by way of periodic payments orders.

It addresses the concerns raised by the courts where the absence of a statutory alternative to lump sum payments has meant that the best option for a catastrophically injured person in the form of a periodic payments order was not available.

The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald said:

This is important new legislation which will give much-needed financial security to persons who have been catastrophically injured and who require lifelong care and assistance.

“I am confident that the new measures can support catastrophically injured persons without imposing undue liabilities on insurance companies or other defendants.”

It’s hoped that the Bill will be enacted as early as possible in 2017.

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