The question of bringing claims recently is very much in the news. There has been a lot of debate about the bringing of fraudulent claims and about the rising costs of insurance cover especially for businesses. We do have legislation dealing with the bringing of fraudulent claims. The legislation was introduced by Michael McDowell in 2004. This legislation provides for the swearing of Affidavits of Verification. There are moves afoot to bring in a statutory offence of perjury. However, a great many people bring claims only because they have to. They do not do so willingly. They do so because they have suffered a loss, they have suffered an injury due to the negligence of another person. Most persons who bring claims to the Injuries Board or Court are genuine and decent people. However, there is a very small minority who bring fraudulent claims e.g. by way of a staged accident. To successfully bring a claim it is necessary to prove negligence on the part of the Defendant. This is a complex legal concept. If you require any further advise in respect of the above please contact Finola Cronin at firstname.lastname@example.org Tel. No. (051) 874087.