Tuesday 12 December 2017

Compo payments top €14.5m mark

A TOTAL of more than €14.5m was paid out for public liability accidents in the Dublin region last year.

And 657 claimants received an average of €22,100 per claim in the period, according to figures released by the Injuries Board.

Slips, trips and falls were by far the main causes of public liability accidents.

The Dublin figure was part of a nationwide compensation bill of €44m, for over 1,700 public liability awards.

In March this year, the Herald revealed the roads around Dublin that caused the largest number of public liability cases against the council between 2009 and 2013.

Ballyfermot Road topped the list at 13 claims, while Parnell Street came in a close second at 12 claims.

There were 11 claims from the North Circular Road, 10 from Eden Quay, eight for O'Connell Street and six from Liffey Street in the period.

But the most recent figures include all public liability 
compensation claims, including those made against private 

A spokesman for the Injuries Board said a detailed breakdown of those figures was not available.

Overall, the average public liability award rose year-on-year by almost 11pc to €25,120 in 2013.

Over a two-year period, the number of awards of more than €100,000 increased from two in 2011 to 18 in 2013.

In previous years, females accounted for a far higher proportion of awards made than men.

This trend continued in 2013, with females now accounting for 71.4pc of total awards made.

Slips and falls accounted for 67pc of total awards.


The majority of such claims involved predominantly soft tissue injuries and minor fractures and resulted in awards of under €38,000.

"We can see again from the findings that slips, trips and falls remain the main cause of public liability accidents, with very few complex, high value claims," Patricia Byron, chief executive of the Injuries Board, said.

She added: "I encourage all those with responsibility for public areas to invest in basic prevention."

For the third consecutive year, Saturday was the most common day for public place accidents, while the least 
number of accidents occurred on Tuesday, as was the case in 2012.

A total of 2pc of public place accidents involved animals, including dog attacks and bites, bull attacks, being trampled by a horse, and collisions between cyclists and dogs.

By law, personal injury claims must come to the Injuries Board for assessment.


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