Book of Quantum
The Book of Quantum was created by the Injuries Board in 2003, to provide a general guideline on how much compensation a person should receive for an injury or injuries arising from an accident. The Book was compiled following a review of Court Judgements in respect of each and every injury listed in the Book and with a view to giving an approximate indication of the level of damage an injury would attract.
The Book gives a guide in respect of various injury types. The Book of Quantum is very detailed and will give you a value range based on the injury and severity.
The Book is separated into four main categories in terms of severity:
- Neck, Back & Trunk
There are approximately 4 categories in term of severity of injury/injuries:
- Minor (injury or injuries that have mostly recovered)
- Moderate (injury or injuries that have mostly recovered but there are still some ongoing problems)
- Moderately severe (injury or injuries that have resulted in a permanent effect on the body part injured)
- Severe and permanent (injury or injuries that have caused major impacts on day to day life or that require permanent medical care and attention)
The category of the severity of the injury will be determined by the effect an injury will have on your life and long term effects caused as a result.
The Injuries Board apply the Book of Quantum to all cases it is allowed to assess. Therefore, it is important to note that all claims submitted to the Injuries Board must have a medical report detailing the injuries sustained. It is very important that the injured party submitting a medical report is fully satisfied that the contents of the medical report fully reflect the injury or injuries sustained.
Where there are multiple injuries, it is not correct to simply add one injury to the other injury to come up with a total. It does not happen this way. It is more correct to identify the most significant injury and then adjust that value range to incorporate any other less serious injury in order to arrive at a more accurate assessment. It is important to remember that the Book of Quantum is a guide only and is not an exact science and no two injuries are the same and will be.
The Book of Quantum deals only with General Damages (money payment for pain and suffering to date and into the future). It does not cover special damages (out or pocket expenses for example, loss of earnings, medical expenses).
Furthermore, the Book of Quantum does not take into account issues such as contributory negligence (where a person contributes partially to their own injury, for example, not wearing a seat belt if involved in a road traffic accident) or liability. The Book of Quantum solely deals with injuries and a guide to compensation.
A Judge at the hearing of a personal injuries action must have regard to the Book of Quantum when arriving at his decision on the amount of general damages to award for an injury or injuries.
* In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.
Brigid joined Cantillons in 2018, having previously spent 10 years working in firms in Tipperary and Limerick which specialised in medical negligence, defective product liability and personal injuries actions.
Brigid works as an Associate Solicitor in the General Litigation Department and advises clients in relation to all aspects of civil litigation; to include personal injury claims, workplace accidents, road traffic accidents, public liability claims, product liability claims, claims against local authorities and claims against the HSE. She also advises clients in the area of Employment and Defamation Law. She has extensive experience in medical negligence and cases involving defective products.
She has successfully represented clients before the District Court, Circuit Court, High Court, Supreme Court and Court of Appeal and has been involved in a number of high profile personal injuries cases. She is proud to be part of the Litigation Team at Cantillons and is focused, at all times, on achieving the best possible outcome for clients.
- Joint Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Law and French, University College Cork
- Masters in Law (Criminal Justice), University College Cork
- Completed Law Society Professional Practice Courses at Blackhall Place, Dublin
- Admitted as a Solicitor in Ireland, England and Wales
- Advanced Diploma in Employment Law, King’s Inns, Dublin
- Advanced Diploma in Medical Law, King’s Inns, Dublin