The High Court has awarded €60,000 in damages to a girl who suffered from moderate PTSD and who received a white scar on her thigh from a road traffic accident. The case was notable as it was one of the first cases in which a court was required to apply the new Personal Injuries Guidelines which came into effect in April 2021.
Delivering judgment in the case, Mr Justice Paul Coffey outlined the procedure for assessing a plaintiff’s injuries and the proper categorisation of the plaintiff’s injuries under the Guidelines. Although the plaintiff’s PTSD injury was moderate, the court awarded €35,000 for this injury, being the upper limit of the “moderate PTSD” category.
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