Written Answers. - Hearing Impairment Claims.

Thursday, 15 May 2003

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 566 No. 5

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  36.  Mr. Quinn  Information on Ruairí Quinn  Zoom on Ruairí Quinn   asked the Minister for Defence  Information on Michael Smith  Zoom on Michael Smith   the total number of claims for damages for deafness determined in court or settled out of court at the latest date for which figures are available; the total amount paid out to date in terms of damages or legal costs; the total number of such claims outstanding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13105/03]

Minister for Defence (Mr. M. Smith): Information on Michael Smith  Zoom on Michael Smith  By 30 April a total of 16,598 claims had been received in my Department from current and former members of the Defence Forces in respect of loss of hearing allegedly caused during their military service. As many as 324 claims have been determined in court and 14,081 have been disposed of out of court, mainly through settlements. This leaves 2,193 claims outstanding at that date. More than €265 million has been paid in respect of hearing loss claims, including €87 million in legal costs for plaintiffs.


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