The Irish annual report of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board published last week that a total of €217 million in compensation was paid in personal injury claims. The report claims that the figures in the report show that the number of people who made personal claims in 2007 was 8% less than in 2008. The number of claims in 2008 went up to 8,845 people. The personal injuries assessment board has also claimed that there is no evidence in the first half of 2009 that shows a direct correlation between the recession and the increased number of personal injury claims.
In the first half of 2008, the injuries board saw a rise close to 6% in the number of people laying their claims for personal injuries, according to Ms Patricia Byron, chief executive of the board. She also claimed that the board had anticipated the figure for personal injuries to rise by a similar amount this year, as it had in the previous year. However, the percentage has actually only risen by 3%.
According to Ms Byron, this drop in the rate of personal injury claims is a result of heightened levels of precaution being taken in a number of public and private spaces. There includes improved safety in the roads, lower numbers at work, so by default a lesser number of claims, and most of all, the health and safety authorities’ initiative to focus on work that involves high risk and fatality.
Although personal injuries and their claims are a matter subject to solicitation, they are eliciting better initiatives on behalf of authorities as well, undoubtedly producing some good results on the flipside.