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Figures show decrease in Swansea personal injury compensation claims

Figures show decrease in Swansea personal injury compensation claims

Payouts due to personal injuries in Swansea have totalled more than £800,000 over the past five years.

New figures have revealed the city's council spends around £163,000 per year settling compensation claims, the South Wales Evening Post reports.

The average person claiming for personal injury compensation in Swansea received £4,055, the statistics showed.

However, the data - which was obtained using a freedom of information request submitted by the newspaper - revealed that claims and payouts have been cut recently, with 49 being submitted in 2009-09 at a cost to the council of £76,289.

In contrast, £254,526 was paid out in 2005, when 249 requests were made.

A spokesman for the council - which has its offices in the Civic Centre on Oystermouth Road - told the news source that the reduction was due to increased spending on maintaining public footpaths and pavements.

"The continued investment and work in this area has had a positive effect on pavement conditions and, consequently, the number of claims received … has fallen," he added.