09 November 2018

Irish statistics for whiplash damages published for the first time

A 'fundamentally dishonest' rule will impact on personal injury cases

Claimants in 55 per cent of Irish whiplash cases received a total award of between €10,000 and €20,000 in total damages. In 88 per cent of whiplash cases, the claimant received a total award of under €30,000.

The Irish Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) has reported that the average award in whiplash cases in Ireland during the first six months of 2018 was over €20,000. According to the figures - published for the first time by PIAB - the average award was €18,581 in general damages (pain and suffering) plus €1,456 in special damages (medical expenses, loss of earnings).

Whiplash Statistics

Around 71 per cent of all personal injury motor cases assessed in the first half of 2018 were whiplash-related. The figure for drivers with whiplash-related injuries was 79 per cent of all motor cases. For passengers the figure was 69 per cent. The average whiplash award for a male was €18,126 in general damages plus €1,460 in special damages and for a female it was €19,016 in general damages, plus €1,456 in special damages. Overall motor awards in numbers are split almost 50/50 between males and females.

Other Injuries

The average total award for other injuries was higher than the whiplash average. Awards for injuries not classified as whiplash averaged at €27,386 in total. This figure comprises €25,060 in general damages and €2,326 in special damages.