According to the latest statistics released by the Health and Safety Authority, workplace trips, slips and falls account for almost one in five recorded occupational injuries. Although these may seem minor incidents in comparison to some workplace injuries that can be sustained, a fifth of people injured in a fall at work are absent from their job for over a month due to their injuries. Figures from the Injuries Board Ireland suggest that workplace trips, slips and falls account for almost half of the injuries at work compensation claims they receive.
So concerned are the HSA about workplace trip, slips and falls, that they have published a brochure entitled “Get a Grip” – reminding employers of their obligations under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act to provide a safe environment for their employees to work in. The key elements of this brochure are highlighted in the acronym S.H.O.E.S.:-
- S – Spills should be dealt with straight away
- H – High risk areas should be identified
- O – The over-use of signs should be avoided
- E – Environmental cleanliness should be a priority
- S – Shoes should be provided by the employer where necessary
Where an employer chooses to ignore the regulations about health and safety, or simply fails to provide adequate protection against workplace trips, slips and falls, he can be sued for compensation should you sustain an injury through a workplace trip, slip or fall.
Claiming Compensation for Workplace Trips, Slips and Falls
As mentioned above, claiming compensation for workplace trips, slips and falls is handled by the Injuries Board Ireland. However, although they have an established process in place for making claims, almost 90% of employees claiming compensation for workplace trips, slips and falls choose to use the services of a specialist personal injury claims solicitor to do so.
Everybody has their own reason for relying on a solicitor to assist them with their claim, but it has been shown that when claiming workplace trips, slips and falls compensation, the likelihood of an awkward workplace confrontation is far less. Furthermore, solicitors have a far greater knowledge of the procedures involved in making the claim and will be able to advise you what to do should your employer fail to acknowledge his lack of responsibility for maintaining a safe environment for you to work in.
Because there are so many areas where a solicitor can be a valuable asset when claiming compensation for workplace trips, slips and falls, we have established a free advice service which we invite you to call if you have reason to believe you are entitled to make such a claim. You will be able to speak with an experienced solicitor, ask questions relating to your claim and receive some additional helpful and practical advice. There is no obligation on you to proceed with a claim once you have spoken with us and the service is completely confidential and discrete.
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What You Can Expect When You Call
When you call our free advice telephone service, you will speak directly with a solicitor with many years experience of dealing with claims for workplace trips, slips and falls. We will ask you to describe how the slip, trip or fall came to happen, what medical attention you received and why you believe your employer was responsible for your injuries. If you have an opinion on how your accident could have been prevented, we would like to hear this as well.
We would also like to know how your injuries have affected your quality of life – such as your interaction with family and friends and enjoyment of your social life. If you have any idea about how long your health issues will last, or what effect they will have on your future employment prospects, please let us know this. In fact, anything that you feel will strengthen your case for claiming workplace trips, slips and falls compensation will be of value to us.
We will make a preliminary assessment of your claim and advise you if your claim for compensation for workplace trips, slips and falls is worth your while to pursue. If so, we should be able to advise you of the likelihood of your success, the length of time that the claim will take to process and give you a general idea of the level of compensation we would expect you to receive.
If you have any questions about our assessment and how they reflect your own personal circumstances, please do not hesitate to ask. We want to be certain that you have all the information you need to decide whether to proceed with a claim for workplace trips, slips and falls.
One final piece of advice we would offer is not to leave it too long before calling us. Although there is a period of two years from when you suffered your accident and when your claim has to be filed, sometimes work-related compensation claims take a little longer than you may imagine to prepare and time has a habit of slipping away when you put things off.
Therefore, we would encourage you to call us at the first possible opportunity. Our lines are open on from 8.00am in the morning until 10.00pm at night. If it is not convenient for you to call right now, you can leave your contact details in the call back box below and one of our team will get back in touch with you at a more suitable moment.