Local authorities see 8% rise in personal injury cases

Local authorities see 8% rise in personal injury cases

A surge in personal injury cases is costing local authorities millions in compensation payouts.

Local authorities are receiving more than 1,000 personal injury claims every year for trips and slips on footpaths, according to the Sunday Times.

They report that across the 22 local authorities €15.9m was paid out in 2018 for footpath injuries, an increase of 8.2% year-on-year.

In 2017 and 2018 Cork County Council paid out a total of €3.7m for 166 claims of footpath injuries.

One of the largest increases in claims for footpath trips and slips was in Dublin, with the city council receiving 658 claims last year, a 58% rise on 2017.

Meanwhile, damage to vehicles caused by potholes was the leading source of claims for local authorities in more rural counties.

Cork County Council registered 689 claims for pothole damage, while Galway County Council received 296 claims.

It is being reported in the Sunday Business Post that the Government is pushing insurance companies to agree to reduce premiums if personal injury payouts are reduced.

The Junior Minister responsible for insurance, Michael D'Arcy, is believed to have met with Insurance Ireland last week to discuss reforms.

The proposals included a commitment from insurers to lower the price of premiums if awards for injuries fell.

In April, representative body Alliance Reform Ireland, expressed their dissatisfaction with Minister D'Arcy's role in this area, and called for him to be replaced.

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