Hospital caterer challenges award under new personal injury guidelines (via Irish Times)

Personal injuries board failed to give adequate reasons for award, woman claims

A challenge by a hospital catering assistant to a proposed €11,000 damages award under controversial new guidelines for soft tissue injuries suffered after an oven fell onto her opens on Tuesday at the High Court.

The award was made to Tara Wolfe by the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) last June under guidelines slashing awards for minor personal injuries by up to 50 per cent which came into effect last April after being approved by a majority of the Judicial Council.

Ms Wolfe’s judicial review challenge against PIAB centres on her claim the board failed to give adequate reasons for its proposed award of €11,000. Several other challenges brought on reasons grounds have been taken and are awaiting a hearing.

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