Cavan saw a very slight increase in the number of bodily injury awards last year.
The Personal Injury Assessment Board (PIAB) has released its annual report for 2021, showing a decline in the number of personal injury claims across the country.
Of these, 139 were recorded in Co Cavan, an increase of seven from the 2020 figure.
Leitrim and Longford have also seen their number of recorded awards increase. Leitrim won 52 awards last year, up from 39 the year before. Longford recorded 118 awards, down from 98.
Monaghan saw a drop of seven to 87, while Meath’s tally fell 20 to 361.
Unsurprisingly, Dublin saw the highest number of awards last year at 2,562.
PIAB handled 21,410 new bodily injury claims and granted full compensation to accident victims of more than €157 million in 2021.
The report shows that there have also been significant cuts in overall claims costs following an 18% reduction in the number of personal injury claims made to PIAB last year. This follows a 16% reduction in 2020 and an overall drop in claims volume over the past two years of 31%.
PIAB chief executive Rosalind Carroll noted the introduction of new guidelines on handling personal injury claims and compensation.
“2021 has been an extremely important year for PIAB. The introduction of the Guidelines was the most significant change in the field of personal injury since the establishment of the PIAB 18 years ago. Although there are very immediate impacts in terms of the value of claims, it will take time to see the full impact in terms of a reduction in the number of personal injury lawsuits.
“In the meantime, the very significant change in the volume and value of rewards should not be ignored. The total premium value assessed by the PIAB in 2021 was €118 million less than in 2019. This shows significant savings that will likely be reflected outside of the PIAB system, which should result in significant reductions in insurance premiums for consumers and businesses paying for coverage. .”