In Ireland, if you have been involved in an accident for which you were not wholly to blame, you are entitled to claim compensation when you have been injured. In workplace accidents where you have sustained an injury, your rights are no different – only it is your employer you are suing for failing to provide a safe environment for you to work in under the regulations laid down in the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act.
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.
Whatever type of injury you have sustained at work, your priority should be to seek medical treatment. Irrespective of whether you have been injured in a workplace accident or acquired an occupational injury over a period of time, there is no amount of compensation that can make up for a long term health issue that could have been prevented by timely medical intervention. Minor workplace injuries and the early symptoms of stress (for example) may not give you reason to consider a precautionary examination; however they have the potential to develop into serious illnesses.
Compensation for Being Injured In a Workplace
Whenever you have been injured in a workplace accident, there should be an entry in your employer´s “Accident Report Book”, and this should be sent, with a copy of your relevant medical records, to the Injuries Board Ireland together with their application form. The Injuries Board Ireland will try to assess the “value” of your injuries based on the “Book of Quantum” – a publication which lists pecuniary values for a selection of injuries based on their severity. But there are several issues regarding these procedures when you have been injured in a workplace.
Firstly, your employer has to admit liability for your injuries and then agree to the Injury Board Ireland´s assessment before you receive your injured in workplace compensation. Secondly, there are a number of occupational injuries which are “non-anatomical” and these are not covered in the “Book of Quantum” and are therefore a shot in the dark for the assessor. Furthermore, an insurance company acting on behalf of your employer may try to hijack your claim for injured at work compensation with an offer of early settlement. For these reasons, it is in your best interests to speak with a solicitor when you have been injured at work.
To make it as easy as possible for you to speak with an experienced personal injury claims solicitor, we have opened a free advice telephone service. You are invited to call this service and discuss your claim for injured in workplace compensation with a solicitor familiar with employment law and the health and safety acts. You can also ask any questions you may have about your entitlement to claim and get some helpful and practical advice at the same time. There is no obligation to proceed with a claim once you have spoken with us and all calls to our free advice service are treated with the strictest confidence.
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What You Can Expect When You Call
When you call our free advice service you will be pleased to discover that we all speak in plain English. The whole purpose of offering an advice service is to help you attain fair and adequate compensation for being injured in a workplace environment, so if there is anything you are unsure about, please do not hesitate to ask.
We would like to start our conversation with you telling us how you sustained your workplace injuries, how they have been diagnosed by your doctor and what treatment has been administered. We would also like to know how being injured in a workplace has affected your quality of life and your interaction with family and friends.
Your opinion on how your employer is responsible for you being injured in a workplace is important to us, and we would ask you to tell us if you know of any way in which your injuries could have been avoided with due care and attention by your employer. This does not obligate you into making a claim – it simply gives us an idea of the strength of your case.
We will make a preliminary assessment, wherever possible, about whether there is a case for “injured in workplace” compensation that is worth your while to pursue, advise you on how long the claim would take to process and what general level of compensation we would anticipate you receive.
If you have any further questions, we would like to hear them and we usually conclude the initial telephone conversation with a list of options for you to consider. You are under no pressure to act on any of our suggestions: however, delaying a decision for too long may time-bar you from making any claim at all.
Consequently, it is in your best interests to call our free advice line on as soon as possible. If it is not convenient to speak with us now, please leave your contact details in the call-back box below and one of our team will contact you at a more suitable time for yourself. We look forward to hearing from you.