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Falls, trips and slips cost €1.2m

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By C.J.McGinley

JUST under €1.2m was awarded in respect of 40 public liability claims in Donegal last year.
Figures released from the Injuries Board on Friday show the average award made was €29,121.
Slips, trips and falls were by far the main cause of public liability accidents, with compensation totalling €44m awarded in 2013. Over 1,700 public liability awards were made during 2013. 
The average public liability award rose year on year by almost eleven per cent to €25,120.  In addition, over a two year period, the number of awards of over €100,000 increased from 2 in 2011 to 18 in 2013. In previous years, females accounted for a far higher proportion of PL awards made than men. This trend continued in 2013, with females now accounting for 71.4% of total awards made.
The majority of such claims involved predominantly soft tissue injuries and minor fractures and resulted in awards of under €38,000.

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