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€210m paid out by Injuries Board in 2011

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€210m paid out by Injuries Board in 2011

Some €210m was awarded by the Injuries Board last year, an increase of 22pc on 2010. The average award made during the year was €21,339, it said in a report published today.

The Injuries Board was set up in 2004 to limit excessive personal injury processing costs, as it provides assessment without the need legal fees.

It independently assesses the amount of compensation due to victims of workplace, motor and public liability accidents.

In 2011, a total of 9,833 awards were made, the largest one for €829,444.

More than 75pc of awards were for injuries from road traffic accidents (76.5pc), while 8.4pc were for workplace accidents. Some 15pc were for public place accidents.

Co Limerick had the largest number of awards per population, while Co Kilkenny had the lowest, according to the report.

Chief executive of the Injuries Board, Patricia Byron, said that motor insurance is now 22pc cheaper than a decade earlier. She also said that claims are usually resolved within seven months, whereas previously it could take up to three years.

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