The compo thread


If fairness, the judge questioned Tesco’s generosity but this was a settlement between the parties so the judge’s role was very limited.

Judge Quirke said the offer seemed to be a substantial sum given the injuries. She asked counsel what role the court had if it considered it was too high. Counsel said the court’s role was to be satisfied the offer was adequate.

The mother seems to have given this milk to boys but, for some reason,

The court heard that there could have been an element of contributory negligence by the mother but Tesco had conceded full liability.

How did they prove that the milk was bought after its sell-by date? Not hard to get a receipt for buying milk. Minor Miracle that no one else in the neighbourhood was poisoned :face_vomiting: (but every mother within a five mile radius will fancy her chances in Court after the next bout of diarrhoea in the household) :money_mouth_face:

Not irrelevant that this was over Christmas. Did she stock up on milk the week before?


Dunno. Maybe you could say your delivery was so late there was fungus in it? Worth a try, I’m sure. :wink:


Yep, definitely a nasty infection of Agaricus bisporus.


Taking it legal would be the Victimhood Culture thing to do. As an outpost of Dignity Culture this thread would mock you for doing that. But personally I’d be perfectly fine if, in accordance with Honour Culture, you challenged the Tesco store manager to a duel :blush:


mother fails to hold onto 4 year-old’s hand; 6 years later, 40K


Barrister Fran Rooney of Baltimore and FAI fame!


Do payouts like this impact on free housing/reduced rent?


No. Not taxable.


Every mother in Dublin should explain this to their four-year olds: 10 minutes bawling on a LUAS platform, surrounded by anxious strangers, and Santa will bring you everything you ask for.


unsupervised child falls; 4 years later (again…) 40K
a “very good” settlement opines the judge - no shit!


The extraordinary aspect of this case is not the quantum of damages - the child is left with permanent scars - but the notion that the hotel is liable simply because the bed had a sharp corner.

In other words, the court requires hotels to child-proof every room which a child may enter - plastic covers on all furniture, child-proof locks on all cupboards etc. etc.

Of course, hotels won’t do any such thing - they will just pay the extra insurance and pass on the costs (whenever they’re allowed to take in guests again).


40K is still a ludicrous award for a couple of small scars. 10K would be reasonable if the hotel was genuinely to blame (which they clearly weren’t, but insurance companies seem to have decided settling on the steps is the only option except in cases of obvious fraud).

Hopefully if the new award guidance is finally introduced, insurance companies will show a bit more bottle for fighting these kinds of spurious cases. There’s been a lot of focus on fraud, but outlandish awards for minor incidents seems to be a bigger problem.


ISME are trying their damndest on this issue. Pulling no punches either.

There’s a chance right now to reduce soft tissue injury awards by 80%.
Those that depend on their cut of the proceeds will be out in force in every paper now to stop this happening.

Here’s a letter sent to Taoiseach and entire cabinet.

For a quality rant check this twitter tirade from the ISME Chair Ross McCarthy


True, 40k is quite mad but it is well within the norm for Irish courts.

What is not normal is imposing liability on the hotel in this case.

There is something to be said for strict liability (cut out the lawyers) but it can’t be combined with lavish awards. In this case, a reasonable settlement on strict liability would be €500 and come back in 10 years — if the scars are still noticeable then, another €1,000 would be fair. But that’ll never happen here.


Bear in mind that the code the judges are railing against is actually voluntary.

It needs to be removed from their hands entirely.


Just by way of comparison - here’s a six year old who was knocked-down near his home, taken to hospital, swelling on the side of his head, fractured ribs, bad dreams for six months, completely recovered


Like I said, 40K. for the kid with scars on his lip is quite normal.

How much blood, sweat and tears would the average person spill to accumulate 65,000? Four years of hard work, scrimping and saving. Alternatively, three weeks work for a Senior Counsel.


I’d say Ken is hiding in the Gealtacht planning his next move


Typical court reporting- the lawyers representing this chancer are given anonymity

Mr O’Toole’s barrister and solicitor said they did not know where he had gone and were unable to contact him despite him having turned up in court earlier. They were unaware of the previous claims and settlements Mr English had detailed to the court.

In any serious country, that pair would be hauled up before their profession’s disciplinary committee. And those who represented this chancer in his previous outings? But this will never happen because the Irish legal profession is the chief enabler of fraudulent claims.



Well if payouts have truly halved then one might imagine that foreign players might decide to enter the market here and undercut the current players. Time will tell I suppose…