Judge says personal injuries system being brought into disrepute

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Judge says personal injuries system being brought into disrepute A man’s failed claim that a minor accident caused him life-changing injuries are the type of legal actions bringing the whole system of personal injuries litigation into disrepute, a High Court judge said. Mr Justice Michael Twomey made the comment when dismissing a whiplash type injury claim brought by a claimant over an accident involving his car and a delivery truck in the service area at the back of a Shopping Centre. The judge said he could not accept claims by the plaintiff that the accident ruined his life because he later got a heart attack, depression, anxiety and nightmares. In the accident, the claimant said the truck reversed into his car while it was stationery. The judge said there was minor damage to the car, costing just under €2,000 to repair. The evidence showed the damage amounted to scraping of the car driver’s door, damage to the right-wing mirror and denting of the front wing. The judge said a week after the accident, the claimant went to his GP who recorded a good range of movements in his neck and back. He also had a normal straight leg raise and hip examination. Nearly four years later, when examined by a doctor for the insurers, he told how he had suffered a heart attack and other problems “because all this happened to me and the injury ruined my life”. The Judge said claims such as this, seeking damages for alleged life changing injuries resulting from minor accidents, bring the whole system of personal injuries’ litigation into disrepute.