Monday 20 July 2015

Personal Injury Statistics in recent years.

There has been a steady increase in Personal Injury Litigation, since 2009, with there being a significant increase in claims, year on year.

In 2008 , there were 6,466 personal injury summonses issued in the High Court , compared with 7,751 issued in 2012.

This illustrates the volume of claims that have proceeded to the courts, notwithstanding the Injuries Board being the statutory claims forum , of first instance.

This may be indicative that the awards being proposed via injuries board assessment are unsatisfactory to Plaintiffs (claimants) and they have chosen to have their matters litigated (brought through the courts) as an alternative.

It is also important to note that any psychological injuries, will not be assessed by the Injuries Board and the Injuries Board will simply issue an authorisation to have the matter adjudicated by the courts.

Whilst the Injuries Board has a very important function in resolving personal injury claims, it appears that it does fall short, in providing a full solution for a significant number of claimants.

With figures in excess of 8,000 (2013) , making claims to the High Court alone, for Personal Injury actions- this is indicative that proper legal advice is vital to achieving the best outcome , in what is a particularly distressing situation for any claimant.

We at Hudson Solicitors, are experts in the area of personal injury claims/ litigation and if you have been unfortunate enough to have been a victim in a personal injury matter, then we would be delighted to assist you from the outset, with any queries you may have.

You can contact us in the office on
687716/ [email protected] to make an appointment, or to simply discuss any elements of concern.

Best wishes,

Hudson Solicitors, Dun Laoghaire.

Monday 15 June 2015

New Companies Act Overview.

The new Companies Act introduces name changes to a number of company types. It also sets out a “conversion” process required for all existing private companies limited by shares (EPCs) into one of two new company types.  

This “conversion” procedure affects approximately 85% of Irish registered companies which are currently Private Companies (Limited by Shares). The new Companies Act doesn’t just consolidate all the Companies Acts from 1963 to 2013, it also introduces two new company models, one of which (the LTD company) is a much simplified company type. 

All companies currently registered as the “Private Limited by Shares” company type must choose to convert to one of these two new company types - LTD (Private company limited by shares), or  DAC (Designated Activity Company).  Guarantee companies and unlimited companies will be required to change their names under the new Act.

No fees will be charged for companies undergoing the Conversion process or meeting the name requirements under the new Act. The relevant conversion documents may be filed for free.

Tuesday 2 June 2015

Dun Laoghaire Summer Events- Fun Run 20th June 2015.

Ireland’s Most Colourful Fun Run to Return to Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Ireland’s most colourful 5km fun run, the Rainbow Run, is set to return to Dun Laoghaire Harbour Saturday, 20th June. The run will take place on Dun Laoghaire’s West Pier, giving participants breathtaking views of Dublin Bay and the Wicklow Mountains.
The unique run involves participants of all abilities and ages being doused from head to toe with coloured powder paint while they run, jog or walk the 5km route.
Participants are encouraged to wear white to the event, so when they complete the route they will be covered in a kaleidoscope of colour. The powder used for the event is a non-toxic and natural product.
This year there is a new addition to the run in the form of a ‘Rainbow Slide’, a custom built slide leading into the Irish Sea. Tickets are currently on sale and are limited to 4,999 participants.
Smash Hits have been added to this years Rainbow Run live music acts! A unique tribute to the golden era of early 90s dance, pop and R‘n’B. This Dublin six-piece is comprised of experienced musicians performing the best of classic 90s tracks.

Thursday 28 May 2015

Dun Laoghaire Library up for Award!

The controversial Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Lexicon building has been shortlisted for this year's Irish Architecture Awards.

The library, which opened its doors six months ago, will be facing competition in the Public Choice category from the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and the newly-restored St Mel's Cathedral in Longford.
The €36.6m seafront library attracted a variety of criticism during its construction, including public calls for it to be demolished. Others were critical of its cost during a time of economic crisis while its facade and size were also controversial.
Project architect of the DLR Lexicon, will be undoubtedly thrilled with the news from the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland.
Hudson Solicitors, Dun Laoghaire.

Sunday 17 May 2015

Personal Injury Law - Hudson Solicitors.

Personal Injuries can occur in many different situations, whether at work, driving your car or simply falling in a public place.

If you have been unfortunate enough, to hurt yourself in a situation that was not of your own doing, you have two years from the date of the accident to do something about it.

The Injuries Board, was set up in Ireland to deal primarily with Personal Injury matters. The function of the Injuries Board is to assess the extent of the Personal Injury and to ascertain the level of compensation, relevant in the particular set of circumstances.

The Injuries Board (Formerly PIAB), is the first step in the process of filing a Personal Injury claim in  Ireland. The requirements to file a claim, firstly, is to attend a Doctor/GP/Specialist and obtain a medical report for submission, along with the documentation that the Injuries Board request.

This can be a complex process, especially in terms of which parties you wish to hold responsible for the Personal Injury sustained.

It is vitally important to ensure that the correct parties are being listed as the defendants in such cases and to also bear in mind the two year statute of limitations on bringing such action.

For example if you list a party whom you deem to be responsible and then some time later , you believe there was another party that may have also contributed , you may be barred from adding them at a later time, should the two year period have passed from the date of the accident.

This is one example of why it is critical to obtain the correct advise before proceeding with a Personal Injury Application.

Should you wish to discuss this or any other related matter, with me, feel free to contact me in the office.

Yous faithfully,

Wesley Hudson

Monday 11 May 2015

Personal Injury Lawyers- Dun Laoghaire.

If you have obtained a personal injury of any description, come talk to us here at Hudson Solicitors  in Dun Laoghaire to obtain advice about your entitlements to compensation.

In the first instance, all personal injury claims, with some exceptions, must first go to the Injuries Board, an independent government body. 

You are entitled to be represented by a solicitor throughout the application process and at any Injuries Board hearings.

If the person responsible for your injury is not disputing liability and gives their consent, your claim for damages can be assessed by the Injuries Board. 

Where the person responsible for your injury does not give consent to an Injuries Board assessment, the Injuries Board issues an authorisation to allow you to pursue your claim through the courts.

There is a limited period within which you can bring a claim so you should apply as soon as possible after the injury occurs. Once consent is received from the person against whom the claim is made, the Injuries Board has nine months to make an award. 

This period may be extended by a further six months, but cannot go beyond fifteen months.

If you would like to discuss these matters further, or any aspect of a personal injury claim, feel free to contact us in our Dun Laoghaire office, by phone/email, 

Yours sincerely,

Hudson Solicitors
Dun Laoghaire