Personal Injuries Assessment board (PIAB) is Ireland’s independent state body which assesses personal injury compensation.
If you have suffered an injury and think you have a valid case you can submit a claim to PIAB.
PIAB assesses compensation in respect of personal injuries suffered by people in motor accidents, work place accidents and public liability accidents.
All personal injury claims must come through PIAB, unless settled early between claimants and insurers/respondents.
PIAB made 12,663 awards in 2017, with the total value of awards made in 2017 was €315.04m.
The highest personal injury award in 2017 was €605,095.
Some of the areas that are covered under Personal Injury Claims are as follows: Road Traffic Accident, Defective Products, Slip and Fall accidents, Work related injuries, Defective footpaths, Repetitive Strain Injuries, Injuries suffered as a result of an assault, Accidents while on holiday at home or abroad.
In 2017, 51% (6,428) of awards were of values up to €20,000. Meanwhile 33% (4,519) of awards related to values of between €20,000 and €38,000 and 13% (1,611) of awards were for values between €38,000 and €100,000.
Less than 1% of awards (105) were for sums over €100,000.
The average award value increased slightly from €24,305 in 2016 to €24,879 in 2017, reflecting the nature and severity of the cases assessed during the year.
Breakdown of Personal Injury Awards
The proportional breakdown of awards remained relatively steady year on year.
Motor liability awards accounted for 72% of awards in 2017 (2016: 74%).
Employer liability (workplace accidents) as a proportion of awards rose slightly to 10% of awards (2016: 9%) while public liability (accidents in public places) increased slightly as a proportion of awards to 18% of awards (17%: 2016).
The counties in Ireland with the highest number of awards were Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway and the counties
*Details from https://www.piab.ie/eng/news-publications/news/Personal-Injuries-Assessment-Board-Statistics-2017.pdf