Injury claims have cost Kildare County Council €94,302 since 2014


Paula Campbell


Paula Campbell

Injury claims have cost Kildare County Council €94,302 since 2014

Kildare County Council offices at Aras Chill Dara

Kildare County Council has forked out €94,302 on personal injury claims since 2014.

Newbridge is the most accident prone spot in the county with the highest number of claims and over twice as many claims as the next trouble spot of Celbridge.

In 2015 a total of 35 public liability claims for personal injuries were made to Kildare County Council.

Four of the claims, all relating to falls on footpaths, have been settled at a total cost to the council of €18,702.

In 2014 31 personal injury claims were made with 14 of those settled to date at a cost of €75,600 to the council.

The most claims made in the county in 2014 and 2015 amounted to 18 from Newbridge. Celbridge was the area with the second highest number of claims for the same time frame with eight made followed closely behind by Leixlip at seven.

Athy had the fourth highest number of claims with six, while Naas came in at fifth place with five claims. Clane and Sallins had three each, while Monasterevin, Kildare town, Kill, Maynooth, Rathangan and Straffan all had two. Ballytore, Kilmeague and Prosperous al l had one claim each.

To date 38 claims have been received in 2016, 14 claims relate to personal injuries while 12 relate to material damage such as tyres and wheels damaged due to pot holes.

Public liability claims are handled on behalf of the council by Irish Public Bodies (IPB). Kildare County Council has an excess on its policy so the direct cost to the council for any one personal injury claim is a maximum of €6,300 per claim. The balance of the claims is the responsibilty of IPB.

The council has a 90 day period to provide IPB with information on the accident location to enable a decision regarding liability. It can take between two and five years for claims to be concluded if legal proceedings are issued.