If Kilkenny solicitors were hoping to earn an income from injury compensation claims, then they would be best move to another county !!
According to the Injuries Board’s latest report for 2014, Kilkenny has yet again come out as the county with the lowest claims for compensation per capita in the country. Like the All-Ireland hurling titles, Kilkenny dominates for the last decade holding the gold spot every year.
Overall, €281.21 million was granted in personal injury awards last year, a 16 per cent increase on 2013. The average sum awarded was €22,642, which is down a couple of per cent from 2013.
The board’s annual report showed that 50 awards per 10,000 people were made in Limerick last year, 24 above the state average. The gap has widened between Limerick and all other counties over the past five years.
Awards in Kilkenny were just 50 per cent of the national average for 2014, with a rate of 13 per 10,000 people. Awards within the county rose by three per 10,000 over the past five years, the lowest of any county.
In Longford which had the largest single year increase, the number of awards jumped by 44 per cent last year after a minor decrease in 2013.