UCC and CIT pay almost €350k on compo claims

UCC and CIT pay almost €350k on compo claims
The Quad at the UCC.Pic: Gavin Browne

UNIVERSITY College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology have paid out over €300,000 in compensation claims during the past five years.

The Cork colleges' insurers have paid out €347,085 in total, according to figures released under the Freedom of Information Act 2014.

UCC received 40 claims, while CIT only received six during the 2015-2019 period.

A spokesperson for UCC said compensation claims and related litigation are handled by the University's insurers.

However, they still provided figures detailing claims taken against the University under the FOI Act.

UCC paid out €244,585 in compensation claims over the past five years, inclusive of legal fees.

It saw 40 claims in this period. However, only 20 of these were settled.

UCC gave data on the first three quarters of 2019. There were seven cases, two of these were settled and €3,294 in total was paid by the insurers.

CIT campus and sports facility.
CIT campus and sports facility.

In 2018, there were six claims, three were settled and €5,172 was paid out.

In 2017, there were 11 claims, five were settled and €33,360 was paid out by the insurers.

In 2016, there were five claims and three were settled. €24,631 was paid out in total.

In 2015, there were 11 claims, seven of which were settled. €178,128 was paid by the insurer in total, inclusive of fees.

UCC also said: "Certain claims may not exclusively relate to damages for injuries and may include, for example, claims for damage to property."

The University refused to provide information on the nature of these claims and a breakdown of individual payments.

Meanwhile, CIT paid out €102,500 in injury-related claims between 2015-2019, despite the lower number of claims.

This compensation was only for two cases and is not inclusive of the associated legal fees.

CIT received six claims over the past five years. There have been no compensation claims taken against CIT in the past two years.

There are two cases recorded in 2017. In the settled case, the claimant received a €22,500 payout for their injury. There is also one pending case, and both cases relate to slips and falls.

There were three cases in 2016. 

The settled 2016 case related to "slips and falls", and the claimant received €80,000.

The ongoing case relates to an occupational injury, and the withdrawn case relates to slips and falls.

The single 2015 case relates to a "stress-related/occupational injury" claim, which is currently ongoing.

When asked about the associated legal fees, CIT said that the legal costs were the insurer's, so they did not have these details on file.

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