Over €1 Million awarded to Personal Injury Claimants between January and June 2012 – Malpractice Lawyer Dublin

Over €1 Million awarded to Personal Injury Claimants between January and June 2012

Awards totalling €1.04m were made in respect of over 5,000 personal injury claimants.

The details were released by InjuriesBoard.ie, which was formerly known as the Personal Injuries Assessment Board.

The board received over 14,600 claims in the first six months of the year, which was a 4.1% increase on the same period last year. However, the board said that there is little evidence of a matching increase in accidents.

It said the modestly rising claims trend, without a matching increase in accidents, suggests that more people are making claims after an accident or are being prompted to do so.

The rising claims trend has continued into the second half of 2012 and the board suggests a mix of contributory factors, including a tendency for claimants to pursue lower value claims in the recession and anecdotal reports of what it calls regressive practices or even “ambulance chasing”.

The board said it is dealing with a number of claims linked to injuries arising from Thalidomide and hip replacements.

Chief Executive Patricia Byron said there is anecdotal evidence the “claims farming” is on the increase in Ireland and the agency is monitoring it.

Ms. Byron said the practice had been seen in the UK, where dedicated claims management companies identified opportunities for claims by seeking out potential claimants through crash repair companies, in hospital foyers or “aggressively” online.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, she also said there was anecdotal evidence of online promotion of claims by solicitors.
“We think it’s important as a State agency to highlight these issues,” she said.

Ms. Byron said the board was in discussion with other bodies, including the Data Protection Commission and the Law Society about the transfer of personal data, to check whether such claims were genuine.

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