Cost of medical claims against state trebles

The State Claims Agency's annual report shows that its payout costs ran far ahead of the rise in cases in 2018

7th July, 2019
Ciaran Breen, director, State Claims Agency

The amount of money paid out by the State Claims Agency (SCA) to settle major clinical negligence claims almost trebled last year, even though the number of cases it dealt with barely doubled.

According to figures from the agency last week, it paid out €122 million in awards and settlements, including €1 million-plus settlements in 24 cases during 2018. In the previous year, it resolved 11 high-value cases above €1 million, resulting in payments totalling...

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