Accidents at Work and Personal Injury – A Guide for Employees
Employer’s Responsibilities to Staff
Your employer must give you a safe place of work and provide you with safe systems of work. This means that all equipment, plant and machinery you use has to be properly maintained, inspected and be fit for use. It’s your employer’s responsibility to make sure that you’ve had adequate training and supervision to do your job. They also need to have systems in place that protect you from as best possible, from risk of injury.
Employees play their part in making sure that they adhere to health and safety rules and that they don’t take unnecessary risks. If you have an injury at work and believe that it is the result of the inaction or negligence or your employer or the owners of the workplace, you may have grounds for making a personal injury claim.
Accident at Work -Should I Make a Claim?
An accident at work can have many implications. Often people suffer ongoing physical consequences including longer term pain and injury. They may also suffer loss of income and incur a lot of medical expenses. Sometimes people initially feel reluctant about addressing a work injury as they don’t want to “cause any trouble” or they underestimate the effects an injury may have on them into the future. There are however, times when employers have failed to protect the health and safety of their staff in the workplace and may have been negligent in their duty. In these cases, an employee may feel the need to make a personal injury* claim.
If you get realistic, advice about the nature of your claim, you can make an informed decision on how to proceed. It’s important to remember that you can’t seek compensation from your employer under health and safety legislation. You have to do so by making a personal injury claim. Your solicitor can handle any dealings with the Personal Injuries Board or the Courts Service. At Pilar, our solicitors advise clients on a daily basis, on all aspects of personal injury* claims.
What to Do after a Workplace Injury
Very often people are in shock after an injury sustained at work. Sometimes people don’t take photographs or haven’t every single detail to hand. The important thing is to try to remember as much detail as you can, after an accident. Try to follow a checklist:
- Seek medical advice immediately. It’s vital that you have a medic check your injury as soon as possible. This can help prevent further injury and can also help in terms of verifying the time and date of a workplace injury.
- Tell your employer about the injury immediately, if they are not already aware. If you are not in a position to tell them, ask that someone else does and follow up on it as soon as you can.
- Do not take responsibility for a workplace accident. It is possible that you will not have all the facts about maintenance of equipment, health and safety or the actions of others.
- Write everything down as soon as possible. You can also record your account of the accident on your mobile phone to transcribe afterwards.
- If you can, take photographs and ask if there were witnesses to the accident.
- Following a workplace injury, you may be absent from work. Check out what benefits you may be entitled to, be it injury benefit or the Occupational Injuries Scheme. Your solicitor can also advise you on what course of action to take.
Making a Personal Injury Claim? - Seek Legal Advice
Whether it is on a building site, factory or office floor, sustaining a personal injury at work, can not only affect you physically; it can also be a stressful experience. Often employees feel anxious at the thought of making a claim against an employer. In most cases, employers have a rational approach to claims and have their insurance company handle the details.
Expert legal advice can give you the full facts surrounding your employment status after an accident and your solicitor can liaise on your behalf, reducing stress on you. Whether you are an employee, self-employed, an agency worker or a sub-contractor, your legal team, work on your behalf, to navigate the claims process.
Legal Advice from Pilar
We will give you an honest assessment of your situation and will be truthful with you about whether we think your claim can be successful.
- We will advise you for free.
- We will give you clear advice on whether we think your claim will be viewed positively.
- Pilar operate on a no-win, no-fee basis.
Clear About Costs
In most successful cases, we agree with the other side, that they will pay a portion of your costs. This means that you do not have to us pay directly. This can be taken from any compensation you may receive. We also let you know what costs are, before we take a case on your behalf. We will set out all costs in writing at every stage of the process, so you are fully aware of any outlays.
What Can I Claim For?
In general terms, a personal injury* claim deals with a range of areas from loss of earnings to medical costs and the injury itself. We work directly with you in assessing the extent of the injury on your day to day life. An injury may have an ongoing affect on your ability to carry out your life as normal, for varying periods of time. You may have incurred travel expenses if you can’t drive or access transport as normal. If you have ongoing physiotherapy or medical costs, these can also be taken into account, as can any extra care you need as a result of your workplace injury.
The experts at Pilar will advise you on the established rates of compensation for different injuries and the effects those injuries have on your life. We will be clear and give you realistic expectations. During your free consultation, we will explain different rates and the awards, in general, that are usually awarded.
What can Pilar Solicitors Do for You?
We will listen and treat you with respect and dignity, no matter who you are or what your background is. Whether your injury occurred on the shop floor in the office, we have the experience in working with clients from a very wide range of professions and workplaces. We talk in plain English and steer clear of jargon! We have extensive experience of the insurance industry and our experts can give you sound advice on your case. We will work with you in all areas of your claim.
We will work directly on your behalf, negotiating the legal system for you. We can provide expert witnesses with extensive experience of personal injury* cases We work with the best medical professionals in relation to medical reports We work with the most experienced network of barristers available We are a nationwide network and work with clients throughout Ireland
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- You can call us on 01 2943846to discuss your case in confidence.
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