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Ireland's Injuries Board Pays Out €268 Million in 2015

Ireland's Injuries Board recently published its 2015 annual overview, which reveals that 33,561 new personal injury claims were submitted to the Board in 2015.

This is a 6% increase over the previous year, which the board says reflects increased economic and social activity and is not unexpected given there are more people at work, higher traffic volumes and higher footfall in public areas.

In total, the Board made 11,734 awards for personal injury compensation and delivered a total of €268.4 million in compensation in 2015, compared to 12,420 awards and €281.2 million compensation in 2014.

Average compensation awards by the board apparently remained very consistent with 2014, increasing by a modest 1% to €22,878.

Looking at the three claims categories in more detail, they show that:

  • Awards for motor accidents continued to account for three out of four awards in 2015. The average motor award value in 2015 marginally increased by 1% to €21,470. Motor awards continued to be the lowest average award value of all three claims categories.
  • Employer liability awards accounted for 8% of total awards. While these type of awards have typically attracted the highest award value in recent years, in 2015 the average award for a workplace claim reduced by 3% to €31,267.
  • Public liability awards, for injuries resulting from accidents in public places, made up 17% of total awards in 2015, with a 2% increase in the average award to €25,213.

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