THE estimated liability in relation to personal injury and property damage claims against the State increased again last year and now stands at more than €1.2bn.
Medical negligence or clinical claims against hospitals make up the vast bulk of the State's estimated liability and now exceed €1bn, according to figures to the end of December 2013 released by the State Claims Agency to the Public Accounts Committee last week.
The agency, which is part of the NTMA, manages claims against 54 state authorities including the gardai, prison governors, the HSE, government ministers and community and comprehensive schools.
In 2012, the estimated liability was €1.12bn, but that rose last year to €1.22bn. The number of claims also rose from 5,755 in 2012 to 6,188 last year.