If you have been hurt in an accident at work for which you were not wholly to blame, you may be entitled to make an employee injury claim for compensation. An employee injury claim is similar to any other personal injury claim inasmuch as you must have sustained an injury, and there must be somebody else to blame for that injury – in the case of an employee injury claim for compensation, the person who is claimed against is the employer.
Employers have a legal responsibility under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act to provide a safe environment for you to work in. Not only does this mean that the premises must be kept in good order, but also that machinery and equipment is regularly maintained with safety checks performed regularly, protective clothing is provided and replaced when required and adequate training is provided for employees to perform their tasks safely and with due consideration for others.
There are many other areas of employer negligence that may cause you to be involved in an accident and a subsequent employee injury claim for compensation. Some injuries may not even be the result of an accident – issues such as repetitive strain injury, hand arm vibration syndrome and stress related injuries are all avoidable with proper risk assessment and competent management – but whenever you believe that you have suffered an injury at work, your topmost priority must be that of your health.
Normally an accident at work will be attended by a qualified first aider or an ambulance, if very serious. Minor complaints should not be ignored, and aches and pains which you may pass off as nothing more than a temporary inconvenience could develop into a long term health issue. So it is recommended that you visit your doctor´s surgery to have a precautionary examination and, in the event of an accident at work, also ensure that the incident is recorded in your employer´s “Accident Report Book”.
Making an Employee Injury Claim for Compensation
It was stated in the opening paragraph that making an employee injury claim for compensation is much the same as any personal injury claim – but there are major considerations to take into account when making an employee injury claim against an employer. For many clients, the primary one is that you do not want to create an awkward situation in the workplace if you intend returning to work there. Furthermore, you may have concerns about how an employee injury claim will look on your employment record and affect your promotion prospects in this job, or future employment elsewhere.
For these two main reasons alone, almost 90% of employees making an employee injury claim for compensation choose to use the services of a specialist personal injury claims solicitor. There are further benefits of using a solicitor as well – such as when an employer denies liability for your injuries, declines to accept the Injury Board Ireland´s assessment of your employee injury claim, or requests that his insurance company intervenes with an offer of a reduced amount of compensation for early settlement of your employee injury claim. Everybody´s circumstances are different, and with so many potential pitfalls, speaking with a solicitor before proceeding with an employee claim for compensation is thoroughly recommended.
In this respect, we have set up a free advice telephone service which you are invited to call and seek helpful and impartial advice about making an employee claim for compensation. We will be able to offer information about the procedures, advice on how to avoid the potential for an awkward workplace confrontation and make a preliminary assessment of your employee injury claim for compensation.
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What You Can Expect When You Call
When you call our free advice telephone service, you will be speaking directly with one of our personal injury claims solicitors with many years of experience in handling employee injury claims for compensation.
We would like to know how you sustained your injury, whether it was due to an accident or something which developed over time, what medical treatment you received and how you believe that your injury could have been prevented.
If you have any questions or are looking for a specific piece of advice, please feel free to ask us. Your individual questions may lead to avenues which will strengthen your employee injury claim and increase the value of your compensation award.
Wherever possible, we will make a preliminary assessment of your employee injury claim and advise you whether you have a case which is worth your while to pursue and the likelihood of its success. The length of time it takes may depend on your employer´s co-operation.
We tend to conclude conversations by advising you of your options and providing you with a list of suggestions. You are under no obligation to act according to our advice, and we would rather you took a short time to absorb the information before getting back to us.
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