The vast majority of awards for personal injuries in public places are given to women, according to new figures.
Research from the Injuries Board reveals that over the past two years women have made up 70 per cent of the compensation claims awarded.
The study also revealed where the most personal injury claims took place, with 56 per cent relating to privately owned places.
One in four personal liability accidents happened in shops, one in five in a pub, restaurant or club and 13 per cent took place in leisure and entertainment venues.
Local authorities have not escaped unscathed, with 27 per cent of the awards made against them.
The most common personal injury claims related to slips, trips and falls, while other claims were made after people were hit by a falling or flying object, injured by machinery, burned or had food poisoning.
The study also showed over-45s made a disproportionate number of claims, with this age bracket accounting for half of the awards despite making up just a third of the population.
Last year, the Injuries Board warned that most work injuries occurred because of defective equipment and machinery and called on firms not to cut back on health and safety spending during the recession.