02 September 2020

Personal Injuries Assessment Board 2019 Annual Report

A review of the main points

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Personal Injuries Assessment Board 2019 Annual Report

The Personal Injuries Assessment Board has issued its 2019 Annual Report.

The main points from the report are:

PIAB 2019 Annual Report main points
PIAB 2019 Annual Report main points

The report shows that 54% (53% in 2018) of all the awards made in 2019 were under €20,000 and 88% (87% in 2018) were under the value of €38,000.

The number of new applications has decreased by 6.8% and there continues to be little difference in the split between Motor/EL and PL. EL continues to increase from 12% to 13%, likely to be as a result of increased employment.

Whilst the number of awards issued has decreased, the number of awards that are accepted has increased slightly to 53% from 51.2% in 2018, continuing to mean approximately 1 in every 2 cases are released so proceedings can be issued!

In 2019, further progress was made with The Personal Injuries Assessment Board (Amendment) Act, which ultimately came into force on the 3rd of April 2019. The Judicial Council Bill will allow for a review of General Damages and create new guidelines going forward, ultimately replacing the Book of Quantum.

Overall, the average award has reduced slightly, this year by 3.2%. it will be interesting to see if once the Judicial Council issues its guidelines regarding general damages, as to the effect it will have on the average awards going forward.

Michael Whelan, Head of Casualty

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