The Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee TD, has today announced that the Personal Injuries Guidelines will come into effect on Saturday 24 April 2021.
The Guidelines set out the level of damages that may be awarded or assessed in respect of personal injuries. The Guidelines reduce award levels for most categories of personal injury, and will be used by both the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB). The courts to assess compensation in such claims.
The Personal Injuries Guidelines apply to applications already made to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) except, where an assessment has been made. The Book of Quantum will continue to apply where Personal Injuries Assessment Board assessments have been made or where a hearing is already before the courts.
Under the Action Plan on Insurance Reform, the Department of Justice will report on the implementation and early impact of the Personal Injury Guidelines by December 2021.
The Guidelines are required, under the terms of the Judicial Council Act 2019 and are to be reviewed within three years of being adopted and every three years thereafter. The full announcement can be viewed here.