Drop Down Menu
  Business Directory Ad  


Donegal people get €3.1 million compo 03.10.13

A TOTAL of 149 Donegal claimants were awarded €3.1m in compensation from the Injuries Board in the first half of this year, new figures show.
The average award to Donegal claimants was €21,030 and the county figure accounted for 2.82% of all awards made by the board in the first six months of 2013.
Its mid-year analysis saw total compensation of €118 million awarded to 5,286 claimants nationally. This was an increase of 8.3% on the same period last year.
Limerick, Longford, Dublin, Louth and Carlow were the five counties with the largest number of awards as a proportion of population compared to Kilkenny, Roscommon, Laois, Wexford and Wicklow, with the lowest.
The Injuries Board makes statutory personal injury awards in respect of motor, employer and public liability accidents.
Injuries Board ceo, Patrica Byron said: “Given the link between claims volumes and insurance premiums, the Injuries Board monitors claims volumes very closely. Despite double digit increases in the first half of 2013, claims volumes slowed in the third quarter and a continuation of that trend could see full year volume increases being pared back to about 5% - on par with prior years. On this basis and given a 30% reduction in the Board’s processing fee to respondents (mainly insurers), we see no basis for insurance premium hikes at this time."
Road traffic accidents continued to account for the majority of personal injury claims and represented over three quarters (75.5%) of awards. 16.4% of awards were for accidents in public places with 8.1% related to workplace accidents.
The self-funding Injuries Board made its highest ever compensation award of €976,000 at a delivery cost of €6,000. The boards said this compared to an average litigation cost of €536,000, representing a saving of €530,000.
Add to Favorites :: Return to > Top Stories    > News    > Home