A Circuit Court judge has said solicitors who handle cases in what “personal injury solicitors Dublin” eventually turn out to be set-up accidents may be contributing to fraudulent personal injury claims.
In what is possibly the strongest criticism yet by the judiciary of some members of the legal profession, Judge Jacqueline Linnane said some solicitors should be a bit more selective about who they take on.
The judge made the comments after directing that files relating to five cases she dismissed as fraudulent be forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions.
She said it was clear the plaintiffs had travelled from London to Dublin to stage an accident. An investigation by the insurance company RSA showed the accident and the claimants were part of a “sustained pattern of organised insurance fraud”.
The judge also suggested that the insurance company should consider contacting the Law Society. She said none of the cases would proceed to court unless solicitors agreed to act in them. Some committee within the Law Society might be concerned about it, she said.
“Maybe fuller inquiries should be made by solicitors before they take on these cases but I will leave it to RSA whether they wish to instruct their legal representatives to bring it to the attention of the Law Society,” Judge Linnane told barrister Moira Flahive, counsel for the insurance firm.
Judge Linnane said P Tiernan and Company, of 9 Crowe Street, Dundalk, Co Louth, solicitors for the five claimants, had not turned up in court for the application by RSA to have all of the cases dismissed but had only on Tuesday evening phoned a barrister to appear without explicit instructions or papers.