‘Personal Injury* Claims – The Facts’

Personal injury is a legal term for an injury to your body, mind or emotions, as opposed to an injury to property. Every year tens of thousands of people suffer personal injury in Ireland; in many cases through no fault of their own.

Under Irish law anyone who suffers personal injury as a result of someone else’s negligence is entitled to sue for damages. The law is there to protect innocent victims and to compensate them for any damage or loss they suffer as a result.

In 2018, 33,371 personal injury claims were taken in Ireland. Figures are not yet available for 2019. The average award was €24,649.

The Facts** – Personal Injury* Claims

33,371

personal injury claims

18,564

road traffic accident claims

8,666

public liability accident claims

6,141

work accident claims

€24,649

average award

**PIAB Annual Report 2018

Road Traffic Accident Claims

Road traffic accident claims are the most common of all personal injury claims in Ireland. Every year thousands of collisions take place on our roads resulting in around 900 people being seriously injured as a result of a road traffic accident. Not only that, a further 7000 receive minor personal injuries, of which whiplash would be the most common. About 7 out of 10 of all road traffic accident claims are whiplash-related.

In 2018, over 130,000 drivers were detected committing speeding offences; almost 30,000 detected using a mobile phone; almost 9,000 driving under the influence of an intoxicant; and over 11,000 were detected for seatbelt offences. This resulted in a total of 18,564 road accident claims with an average award of €22,682.

The Facts – Road Traffic Accidents

148

people killed on Irish roads last year

18,564

road accident claims**

€22,682

average award**

**PIAB Annual Report 2018

Work Accident Claims

Every working day in Ireland seven people are hurt in slips, trips and falls at work.

9,199 non-fatal injuries to workers and non-workers were reported to the Health & Safety Authority (HSA) in 2018. This equates to about 4% of those in employment. The Central Statistics Office (CSO) puts the number at 22,500. So injuries at work are a common occurrence.

In 2018 there were a total of 6,141 work-related claims with an average award of €30,839. The average award in this category is generally higher than in the other two categories of injury claim reflecting the often more serious and complex nature of the injuries sustained in workplace accidents.

Remember: Your employer has a legal duty of care to make sure you are working in a safe environment. Safe both from injury and psychological harm. These responsibilities for both the employee and employer are governed by The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005.

The Facts** – Work Related Accidents

9,199

non-fatal work related accidents in 2018

6,141

work accident claims**

€30,839

average award**

**PIAB Annual Report 2018

Accidents in a Public Place Claims

The most common type of claims relating to accidents in a public place are slips, trips and falls.

A slip, trip or fall can arise in cases where:

• a county council or local authority has failed to maintain, repair or construct a safe and hazard free, street, footpath, park, road.
• the owner of a supermarket/shop/pub/restaurant or any commercial premises failed to maintain a safe, hazardous free environment, failed to put up a ‘cleaning in progress’ warning sign when cleaning the premises or where an employee of the premises had caused the accident.

In 2018, there was a total of 8,666 claims for injury caused in a public place. The average award was €28,372.

The Facts** – Accidents in a Public Place

33,371

personal injury claims**

8,666

public liability accident claims**

€28,372

average award**

**PIAB Annual Report 2018

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