If you have been injured in a workplace accident, you may be entitled to make a workplace accident compensation claim. Where the accident was not entirely you fault, and there is an element of liability on your employer, he may have failed to fulfil his obligations under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act to provide a safe working environment for you.
Whether this accident is caused by an inadequately serviced piece of machinery, a trip on a poorly maintained floor surface, the lack of appropriate training or through an error caused by fatigue, your injuries may be due to a lack of care by your employer. He has a responsibility to protect his workforce from these occurrences, and where you suffer an injury through any areas of negligence, you can make a workplace accident compensation claim.
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
Any of these scenarios would result in you requiring the services of a specialised personal injury claims solicitor, so it is better to start with one – as 90% of people do – than have to begin your claim again when one of these hiccups occurs.
If you would like to find out more about the benefits of using a personal injury claims solicitor at the beginning of your workplace accident compensation claim, please do not hesitate to call our free advice telephone service. Our service allows you to speak with one of our solicitors, seek helpful and accurate advice about a workplace accident compensation claim and have any questions you may have about your claim answered. The service is entirely confidential and you are under no pressure to proceed with a claim once you have spoken with us.
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What You Can Expect When You Call
Because we have over twenty years of experience in dealing with workplace accident compensation claims, we know that by the time you call us you would have been through many negative emotions – pain, anger, worry, melancholy and possibly even depression. We would like to put your mind at rest that your call to us is confidential and treated with extreme respect for your feelings and the utmost courtesy.
We will ask you to tell us how your accident occurred, what treatment you received and how your injuries have subsequently affected your quality of life in terms of interaction with family and friends. We would also appreciate your explanation of how you believe your employer was to blame for your accident and if he has made any attempt to offer workplace accident compensation – either directly or through his insurance company.
Wherever possible, we will try to determine the strength of your workplace accident compensation claim, the likelihood of your success and how long the claim may take to process. On occasions, we may be able to give you an indication of the amount of compensation we would expect you to receive and, although you are under no obligation to us, advise you on the procedures involved to ensure you receive a fair and adequate amount of compensation.
You are invited to ask us as many questions as you believe are relevant to your workplace accident compensation claim, and often it is better if you have them written down before you call to ensure that every point you want to ask is covered. If you subsequently think of other questions once you have spoken with us, you are more than welcome to give us a further call.
We normally conclude each call to our free advice telephone service by giving you a selection of options for you to consider. You are under no obligation to follow any of our suggestions. However, as stated above, should you encounter any of the obstacles listed when making a workplace accident compensation claim, you may have to start again and you are only permitted two years by the Statute of Limitations to have your eventual claim filed.
Therefore, it is in your best interests to call our free advice telephone service. Our lines are open on from 8.00am to 10.00pm. If it is not convenient right now, please bookmark this page for later or leave your details in our contact box below, one of our friendly and helpful team will get back in touch with you.
We look forward to hearing from you.