A TOTAL of €1m was awarded last year in respect of 42 public liability claims in Donegal.
The summer months are the most dangerous period for public place accidents that result in a personal injury claim, according to a new analysis released today by the Injuries Board. Last year, July was the month that recorded the highest frequency of accidents resulting in compensation awards, while Saturday proved to be the most dangerous day of the week for public place personal injury accidents.
The Injuries Board figures show that the average award made in Donegal was €23,888.
The Injuries Board is the independent State body that makes statutory personal injury (PI) awards in respect of motor, employer and public liability accidents. Personal injury claims are required to be submitted to the Board unless settled directly between parties. Public liability (PL) awards are made in respect of injuries suffered as a result of an accident in a public place.
In 2014, the Injuries Board made 2,151 PL awards with corresponding compensation totaling €53m, compared to €44m in 2013 in respect of 1,768 awards.
50% of public liability awards were for amounts under €20,000 with just 10 awards related to high value claims in excess of €100,000. The average public liability award decreased slightly to €24,677 last year, compared to €25,120 in 2013.
Figures over the last three years have consistently shown that women are far more likely than men to suffer an accident in a public place resulting in a public liability award. This gap narrowed slightly in 2014, with women now accounting for 7 in 10 (68.9%) of all public liability awards, compared to 3 in 10 (31.1%) for men. The average award for men was €24,275 while women were awarded average compensation of €24,859.