Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act (2007), an employer has a legal obligation to ensure that the environment he provides for his employees is a safe and healthy place in which to work. The regulations contained in the Act cover every aspect of employee welfare at work from risk assessment through general conduct and protection from injury. If an employer fails to protect an employee because of a breach in these regulations and should an employee suffer any form of injury due to the employer´s negligence, they are entitled to make an employee compensation claim.
Employer´s responsibilities do not solely rest with ensuring that their premises is in a good state of repair and that adequate equipment is provided and maintained to a safe standard. The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act makes provision for adequate training, the prevention of bullying and harassment, the avoidance of stress through heavy workloads, precautions to avoid damage to hearing and repetitive action injuries such as RSI and hand arm vibration syndrome. Whatever the cause for you, as an employee, suffering an injury due to your employer´s “lack of care”, there are grounds for an employee compensation claim.
Making an Employee Compensation Claim
The conditions for making an employee compensation claim are much the same as when making a personal injury claim after a road traffic accident – there has to be an injury of some nature and somebody else( in this case your employer) – has to be liable for your injury. Therefore, your first action after suffering any injury at work, or feeling unwell due to any of the work-related problems that can develop when you are not properly protected, is to make an appointment to have an examination by your family doctor. Your doctor will diagnose your illness and relate it, or your accident, to your occupation: his entry on your medical notes will be used to support your employee compensation claim with the Injuries Board Ireland.
The process for making an application for an employee compensation claim through the Injuries Board Ireland is exactly the same as any personal injuries claim. However, it is strongly advised to use a specialised personal injury claims solicitor to assist you through your application. Not only will a solicitor be more familiar with the processes involved, there could be issues with workplace confrontations should you be considering returning to work, or occasions when an employer refuses to admit liability for your injuries: a solicitor will have more experience of such matters and will find it easier to resolve them than you will as an individual. Furthermore, a solicitor will have up-to-the-minute information about the value of your employee compensation claim – the “Book of Quantum”( the publication on which the Injuries Board Ireland base their compensation assessments) is six years out of date.
To help assist you with making an employee compensation claim, we have established a free advice telephone service which you are invited to call and discuss your particular circumstances with one of our experienced solicitors. Not only will we be able to give you much of the information you are looking for, but we will be able to complement that with practical and helpful advice. All calls to our free advice telephone service are treated in the strictest confidence, and there is no pressure on you to proceed with a claim after you have spoken with us.
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What You Can Expect When You Call
Maybe we should start with what we expect when you call! We appreciate that when you have suffered an injury through somebody else´s fault, you may be feeling angry, distressed, confused – even betrayed. Clients who have used our services previously for their employee compensation claims have displayed the whole range of emotions when they initially called, and we expect you will have felt most of these already.
Therefore, one of our prime concerns is to ensure that you are spoken to courteously, that you fully understand all the advice we offer you and that you are never put under any pressure to proceed with an employee compensation claim until you are absolutely sure that you wish to do so. We also want to make sure that you find our free advice service helpful and would ask you to let us know if there is anything you would like us to repeat or explain in a different way.
We usually begin a conversation by asking you to tell us how you acquired your injuries, what medical attention you initially received and if you have yet been able to return to work. We would also like to know what aspect of your injuries you believe your employer is responsible for and how you feel that the injuries could have been avoided.
We will make an initial assessment of your employee compensation claim from what we know, and advise you whether it is a claim which is worth your while to pursue. If so, we should be able to let you know how long the claim will take to process and give you a general indication of the level of compensation we would anticipate you receive.
We usually conclude our conversations by giving you a selection of options and suggestions. You are under no obligation to act on any of them, but you are more than welcome to reflect on them for a few days and discuss them with family and friends before coming back to us with an answer – or any further questions that might have sprung to mind.
We hope we have put your mind to rest about using our service and look forward to hearing from you. Our lines are open on from 8.00am to 10.00pm, seven days a week, and if it is an inconvenient time to call right now, please leave your contact details in the box below, and one of our friendly and helpful team will get back in touch with you.