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Irish face flood of compensation claims

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7135.881g (Published 21 March 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:881
  1. Doug Payne
  1. Dublin

    The Irish government's ongoing battle with serving and former soldiers is going from bad to worse. Compensation claims for deafness relating to inadequate hearing protection before 1987 continue to pour in; almost 12000 have already been lodged, and as many as 600 new claims are being put in every month.

    Compensation settlements and costs were at one point averaging £Ir37000 (£31000; $49600) each. A report from the Public Accounts Committee said that if only 10% of …

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