€44m awarded for slips, trips and falls in 2013

Friday 11 July 2014 13.38
Woman make most public liability injury claims due to slips, trips and falls
Woman make most public liability injury claims due to slips, trips and falls

Compensation of €44m was awarded last year with slips, trips and falls by far the main cause of public liability accidents.

According to figures released by the Injuries Board, over 1,700 public liability awards were made last year.

The average award was up 11% year-on-year to €25,120 and from 2011 to 2013 the number of awards over €100,000 increased from 2 to 18.

Women accounted for 71.4% of total awards.

Slips, trips and falls were the most common accident type, accounting for 67% of total public liability awards.

The majority of these claims involved predominantly soft tissue injuries and minor fractures and resulted in awards of under €38,000.

The analysis shows that for the third consecutive year, Saturday was the most common day for public place accidents while the least number of accidents occurred on Tuesday, as was the case in 2012.  

Chief executive of the Injuries Board Patricia Byron encouraged those with responsibility for public areas to invest in basic prevention.

She said it is clear that by simply maintaining public pathways and floor surfaces and by carefully securing loose goods and furniture many of these claims could be avoided or minimised.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Ms Byron said that "perhaps during the recession people were cutting corners and not investing in repairs ... I think there's a message in that because it's simple - accidents cause very costly injuries."