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As a mark of respect to the late James Dormer all trainig sessions etc scheduled for tomoorow Monday will be cancelled.

James was a member of Erins Own for over seventy years and contributed a vast amount to the club and was Vice President for many years. He will be fondly remembered by his many firendss an neighbours.

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Exclusions on Club Insurance

A chara,

Can you send a reminder to your clubs in relation to the exclusions under the GAA Liability Covers. The Business description of the GAA is a Gaelic Sports and Cultural Organisation.

In particular I ask that clubs are reminded that there is a complete exclusion in respect of Scrap Metal Collections on GAA Property and / or as a GAA Activity. There is also a complete exclusion in relation to the use of Inflatables or of any Hired amusement on GAA property and/ or at GAA events. This is regardless of the Insurance status of any Third Party Provider.

In the event that a club organises an activity that is excluded under the policy no indemnity will be provided to the GAA Unit. There are currently 4 claims for personal injury being pursued against individual units of the Association which occurred at events which were excluded. The current reserves on these claims range from €40,000 to €65,000 and there is no insurance indemnity available to these GAA Units. This means that the GAA unit involved will have to bear the entire cost of the defence of these claims and any award made from their own funds.

In addition units who have held Scrap Metal events have been fined by the Environmental Protection Agency as a result of pollution to lands and rivers caused by the storage of such items on GAA property. The fines and any legal fees incurred were also borne by the individual GAA unit.

Many thanks,

Sinead

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Player Insurance Requirements

Player Insurance Scheme
The Player Injury Scheme is not an insurance policy but rather a benefit scheme where a pool of funds maintained from registration fees is used to pay claims that result from GAA injuries.

All registered members of the GAA are members of the Scheme. Please make sure you are registered for the relevant calendar year.

Please find attached a copy of the current claim form, policy brochure and guidelines on submitting a claim.

You will notice that these documents are dated 2010 however the only change since 2010 is that youth footballers must wear a gum shield since 2013 and all footballers must wear a gum shield from 2014 onwards and permanent partial disability has been removed from the Scheme.

The main changes between the 2009 Scheme and the current Scheme are:

Willis must receive at least the first 2 pages of the claim form into their offices within 60 days of the date of injury. Otherwise the claim will be automatically declined. Claim forms can be posted, emailed or faxed. The notification process will be online shortly.

The excess on the Scheme is now € 100.00.

The maximum amount claimable for medical expenses is € 4,500.00.

A referees report is required if the injury occurred during an official match.

A club letter is required if the injury occurred during club/county training or a challenge match.

There is no cover for pre-operative physiotherapy. The only physiotherapy expenses that may be claimed are for treatments that are post-operative i.e. after a surgical procedure. They are then limited to € 320.00 in total. A doctors letter will be required referring the claimant for physiotherapy treatments. In the absence of surgery there is no cover for physiotherapy. While the brochure does not define surgery it can be taken as ….. Treatment administered by a surgeon by the act of incision on an anaesthetised patient (whether conscious or unconscious) to investigate and/or treat a condition to help improve bodily function that has been damaged or injured as a result of GAA activity. This does not include treatments using a local anaesthetic for injections or manipulation used in treating dislocations.

MRI scans can be claimed maxed at € 300.00 per scan. However there are a number of medical centres offering MRI’s for below this price. You do not require a doctor to refer you for an MRI, for the purposes of the Scheme.

If the claimant has private health insurance (VHI, Laya, Aviva, etc) then they must claim from them first. The GAA Scheme is NOT an insurance scheme. It is a benefit scheme for the purpose of giving an injured player a “dig out” if they have no other recourse for their medical expenses. Payments from the Scheme come directly from GAA funds, there is no insurer involved with the Scheme. Willis act as claims assessors and administrators ONLY.

Any treatment being claimed must have been paid prior to claiming with the Scheme. This does not mean that you must wait for your treatment to be completed before submitting a claim. It means the Scheme will only assess receipts and not invoices or unpaid bills.

Loss of wages can be claimed for up to 52 weeks provided the claimant is declared medically unfit to work by doctor/consultant or surgeon. The claimant must be in full-time employment (16 hours or more per week) at the time of the injury.

The excess for a loss of wages claim is the first week.

Payment is calculated by taking the claimants average weekly net wage minus social welfare payment (illness benefit which the claimant must make a claim for and provide written evidence from his local social welfare office stating how much he is receiving or why he is not entitled to receive any payment) or sick pay entitlements from his employer etc.

The Scheme then follows the below limits on the remainder:

Week 1 – excess (no payment)
Week 2 – 4 up to € 200.00
Week 5- 52 up to € 400.00
A claimant can claim for a stay in hospital provided they are an in-patient for a minimum of 10 consecutive days and they can claim for a maximum of 15 days. € 400.00 per day is claimable. This is separate to any hospital charges as these can be claimed under medical expenses.

There is also provisions made under the Scheme in the unfortunate event that a player should suffer death while involved in GAA activity. Such cases will be dealt with individually.

 

 

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Membership

Membership of Erin’s Own is now due. Payment can be made to Tommy Brennan, Joe Coogan, Fr. Liam Shore, Billy Moran, Margaret Dillon or any committeee member

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