Because we are experts in workplace injury compensation claims, we can ensure you receive the best advice and most professional service possible. Bot individually, and as a group we have the skill and experience to ensure you receive what you are entitled to.
While many workplace injuries are the result of a fall, trip, slip or being struck with a falling object, there are other types of injury that only emerge over time.
Industrial deafness, repetitive strain injury and stress-related mental illness are all caused after repeated and long term exposure. These cases do not have a specific start date but will only get worse over time if the stressor or damaging factor is not removed. More details on Workplace solicitor in Ireland
Being injured in the workplace may not be the direct result of an accident. There are many occupational injuries which are acquired through performing the same action repetitively (i.e. RSI), inhaling hazardous substances (e.g. mesothelioma) or being placed under too much stress (e.g. coronary disease). All of these scenarios are examples of injuries which can be acquired during the course of your employment, and you are equally entitled to claim “Injured in Workplace” compensation when your employer has failed to protect you from being injured in a workplace.
A work-related accident compensation claim can result from any of these factors, and whenever you suffer an accident at the workplace, your primary concern should be that of your health. Many companies will have first aid provisions on site or, where your accident is of a serious nature, will call an ambulance to attend you. Whatever injuries you sustain, and no matter how slight you believe them to be, your work-related accident compensation claim needs to be supported by your medical records and the relevant entry in your employer?s “Accident Report Book”. So it is always in your best interests to seek a precautionary medical examination before making a work-related accident compensation claim.
Workplace injury compensation is due to you when you have acquired an injury at work for which you were not wholly to blame. Your injury may have been a physically “violent” injury, such as one which involves machinery or when carrying a heavy load, or could be an injury which has been sustained over a period of time – such as a loss of hearing or hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). Irrespective of the type of injury you suffer, where it has been caused by even an element of negligence by your employer, you are entitled to claim workplace injury compensation.
As with any injury, you first consideration should be that of your health and, if not treated for your injury at the site of your accident, you should visit the accident and emergency department of your local hospital or make an appointment to see your family doctor. Your attendance at your doctor?s surgery or at the hospital will be recorded in your medical records and these, together with a copy of the relevant entry in your employer?s “Accident Report Book”, will be used to support your workplace accident compensation claim.
Making a Workplace Accident Compensation Claim
Making a workplace accident compensation claim is a straightforward process – should everything go smoothly. The paperwork is sent with an application form to the Injuries Board Ireland, who make an assessment of your claim, which is sent to your employer to agree, and payment is arranged. However, there are a number of factors that can prevent a smooth passage for your workplace accident compensation claim:-
You employer could deny liability for your workplace accident
The Injuries Board Ireland may make a wholly inappropriate assessment of your claim
Your employer may dispute the amount of their assessment
You could be approached by your employer?s insurance company with an alternate offer
Once you have received appropriate medical attention, you should seek counsel from a specialist personal injury claims solicitor, familiar with workplace injuries and claiming compensation against negligent employers. A solicitor will be able to make a preliminary assessment of your entitlement to claim compensation for your workplace injury, advise you whether you have a case which is worth your while to pursue and instruct you on the correct course of action to follow to ensure that you receive a fair settlement.