Thursday, 10 May 2018

Ceisteanna (86)

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

86. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Finance the amount spent on solicitors' fees, barristers' fees, guardians ad litem and settlements in personal injury, property damage and clinical negligence claims dealt with by the State Claims Agency in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20761/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Finance)

The State Claims Agency (SCA) have supplied the information contained in the following table in response to the Deputy’s question. This table shows the transactional expenditure against Clinical and General claims which have been delegated to the State Claims Agency across all 146 delegated state authorities since inception in 2001. This information contained in the report is correct as of 9 May 2018.

Table on Total Expenditure by Payment Type:

 Clinical/General

 Payment Type

 €

 Clinical

 Damages

 €948,087,465

 Clinical

 Plaintiff Legal Costs

 €229,774,257

 Clinical

 Agency Legal Costs

 €141,681,685

 Clinical

 Expert Costs

 €29,867,102

 Clinical

 Total

 €1,349,410,511

 General

 Damages

 €200,390,037

 General

 Plaintiff Legal Costs

 €67,800,540

 General

 Agency Legal Costs

 €49,549,246

 General

 Expert Costs

 €16,130,590

 General

 Total

 €333,870,415

 Grand Total (€)

 

 €1,683,280,927

To aid understanding the SCA have supplied the following definitions in relation to terms used in the table.

National Incident Management System (NIMS): Incidents (which include claims) are reported using the “National Incident Management System”. This is hosted by the State Claims Agency (SCA) for the HSE, other Healthcare enterprises and State Authorities. An incident can be a harmful Incident (Adverse Event), no harm incident, near miss, dangerous occurrence (reportable circumstance) or complaint.

Damages: The compensation paid to a claimant in personal injury claims for the pain and suffering arising from a physical and/or mental injury (known as General Damages). The compensation paid to a claimant for out of pocket expenses incurred such as loss of earnings, vehicle damage, etc. (known as Special Damages).

Plaintiff Legal Costs: Legal Costs incurred by the Plaintiff and paid by the SCA.

Agency Legal Costs: Fees paid to solicitors and barristers engaged by the Agency.

Expert Costs: Fees paid to experts engaged by the SCA e.g. medical experts, private investigators etc.