High Court rejects lead challenge over new guidelines slashing awards for minor injuries (via The Irish Times)

Level of damages a matter ‘for society in general’ not just plaintiffs and defendants, judge says

The lead case challenging the constitutionality of the law under which new guidelines slashing awards for minor personal injuries by up to 50 per cent came into effect has been dismissed by the High Court.

In rejecting the challenge on all grounds on Thursday, Mr Justice Charles Meenan said the “well established” principles for the award of general damages make clear that the level of damages are not just a matter between a plaintiff and defendant “but also for society in general”.

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