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Injury payouts average over €20,000

THE average personal injuries payout last year was €21,339 -- with the highest single award totalling €829,444.

The total number of awards made by the Injuries Board in 2011 was 9,833 and overall compensation levels reached €210m, according to its annual report.

Over 75pc of the awards were as a result of injuries from road traffic accidents, with just over 8pc coming as a result of accidents in the workplace.

A further 15pc involved accidents in public places.

Since 2004, the board has granted a total of 50,000 awards with an overall value of more than €1bn.

Irish Independent