This year there have been more than 17,000 personal injury claims made in Ireland, with more people making claims following injuries than during the same period in 2014.
According to statistics from the Injuries Board mid-year review, there were 17,132 new claims in the first six months of the year, which was an increase of 7% over the same time period in the first six months of last year.
The independent body showed that there had been a substantial increase in claims across the board with a 6% rise in the number of road traffic injury claims. There was also an 8.5% increase in claims following an accident or injury in the workplace. The area that had the biggest rise in personal injury claims was following injuries in public places with a jump of 9% in comparison to last year’s figures.
Numerous Reasons for Rise in Claims
According to a number of experts the rise in the number of claims seen in Ireland is not surprising with some, such as Injuries Board interim chief executive Maurice Priestley, stating that the improving Irish economy is probably somewhat responsible. However as a result of the number of accidents he also warned that insurance rates could rise. Priestley stated: “It is not surprising that there has been a modest increase in claims volumes year to date given the general economic upturn - with more people at work and a lot more vehicles on the road.
“Greater economic activity would be expected to generate greater numbers of policies and premium income for insurers.
“However, what we are seeing are insurance premia increases in the region of 20 per cent, and further clarity is needed on the precise cause of increases of this scale.”
Figures from insurance companies showed that there was a drastic rise in the amount of compensation awarded with the average amount of compensation for the first six months of 2015 being €22,375 in comparison to an average award of €22,082 in the same period in the previous year. €128.45 million was awarded to 5,741 personal injury claimants in the first six months of the year, with €144.68 million being awarded to 6,552 awards in the same period last year.
Accidents in the Workplace
If you are involved in an accident in the workplace through no fault of your own, you will be able to make a compensation claim. Your employer has a duty to keep all members of staff safe, however, if you have been injured as a result of negligence, recklessness or a failure in an employer's duty of care you will be able to hold them accountable. If you were responsible for your accident however, you are not able to make a claim.
Many people are injured but do not make a claim following a workplace accident fearing that they could be dismissed from their job, however, if this occurred then you could take legal action citing unfair dismissal. At Sherwin O’Riordan, we believe that if you are injured through no fault of your own, even if it is as a result of negligence of an employer, you have the right to hold those responsible to account.
Road Traffic Accidents
Sadly, no matter how careful you may be on the roads, there will always be someone who is not meaning that road traffic accidents can still easily occur. Due to the extreme nature of road traffic accidents they can often lead to the most serious injuries, such as loss of limbs, head injuries or even paralysis. If you are seriously injured you could be entitled to a substantial amount of compensation, however, even if you only suffer whiplash, we believe that no one deserves to suffer as a result of the careless actions of another driver. You can claim not only for the injuries sustained in the accident but also for any damages that your vehicle may have sustained and the cost of rehabilitation.
If you have been involved in an accident that was not your fault, whether it was at work, on the road or in a public place, you have the right to make a compensation claim. To begin proceedings or to speak to one of our expert personal injury lawyers, contact us today using our online contact form.