Accidents at Work*

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If you have suffered an injury at work*, an event that can affect a person’s mental, physical and financial state, you may be entitled to pursue legal action.

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Accidents at Work

Workplace & Occupational Accidents*

Accidents at work* can also be referred to as workplace accidents*, occupational accidents*, or injuries at work*. Accidents can occur in a number of different environments or premises that an employee is legally required to be during the course of their working day.

COMMON ACCIDENT CLAIMS

Employee Safety

Regardless of the type of injury at work*, it is important to maintain whether the work environment was unfit or hazardous, even in the case of human error. Ascertaining the details of how the accident occurred is very important for an accident at work claim*. In a lot of cases, the employee who suffered the injury may be entitled to pursue legal action.


What to do after an accident at work*?

Following an accident at work*, there are a number of steps you should follow:

  1. Seek medical attention

    Your health is your wealth and should be your first priority. Immediately after an accident at work*, take a second to assess yourself to determine if you have any injuries and seek the relevant medical attention. If you have sustained a serious injury ensure that you contact an ambulance to attend the scene.

    For minor injuries, you must remember that minor injuries where you ‘feel fine’ could progress to a more serious injury in the future. In this case it is always better to be safe than sorry and advisable that you go to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) or local GP to be checked out.

  2. Report the accident

    It is critical to report the accident to your superior, i.e. a supervisor or manager on site. It doesn’t matter how small you think the accident may be. By law, accidents at work* are required to be reported if the person is injured and can’t perform their daily work tasks for more than three days. Make sure to fill out an Accident Report Form. This can be used in reference to any medical examination and will also prevent any similar accidents that could happen in the future.

  3. Identify any witnesses

    If possible, try to collect the contact details of anybody that witnessed the accident. This may be of use if you do decide to pursue a workplace accident claim*. It is also useful to find out if there is any CCTV in the area where the accident happened.

  4. Document the incident

    It is important that you collect all the relevant information in connection with your accident:

    •  How the accident happened
    •  Details of any witnesses
    •  If there are any CCTV recordings of the accident
    • Take pictures of where the accident happened and what caused the accident
  5. Speak to a workplace accident solicitor*

    If you are considering moving forward with a workplace accident claim* for any personal injuries sustained it is advisable that you speak with a workplace accident claims solicitor* as soon as possible. If you are proceeding with a claim, the first step will be submitting your claim to the Injuries Board for assessment. A workplace accident solicitor* can help you in preparing your application to the Injuries Board and ensure that you follow the process in the correct format, meaning that you can move forward with your claim quickly without unnecessary delays.

    It is important to remember to keep copies of any expenses that you have incurred as a result of the accident. It is also imperative to retain copies of medical reports or incident report forms where possible as you will need them when making a claim.

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At Tracey Solicitors, we are passionate about helping our customers focus on their recovery from accidents at work, while our team of solicitors and legal executives navigate the legal world for them, to bring their case to a close.

How do I make a claim?

Once you have gathered all the relevant information in relation to your injury it is then time to move forward with your claim. It is important to use a specialist workplace accident* solicitor to help you with this.

  1. Prepare information for a solicitor

    When you decide you want to move forward with your workplace accident claim* it is important to have all the relevant information to hand when contacting a solicitor. Important information to have on hand at this point is:

    • Date of the accident
    • Location of the accident
    • Details of who/what caused the accident
    • Specifics of what happened
    • Who did you report the accident to?
    • Is there CCTV that may have captured the accident?
    • Details of your injuries
    • Details of hospital or GP attended
    • Any pictures you may have taken of the scene of the accident and/or your injuries
  2. Solicitor becomes your trusted advisor

    As a solicitor is aware of the workplace accident claim* process they can avoid any legal bumps in the road you might encounter if you did this yourself. It is their job to be your trusted advisor on all legal matters throughout your case.

  3. Solicitor obtains a medical report

    One of the most important document in your case is a medical report. Your solicitor will ask for your doctor’s or Hospital details so he can obtain a report on your injuries. This report will then be used to allow us progress your case.

  4. Solicitor prepares the Injuries Board application

    As soon as your solicitor has gathered all the information, your workplace accident claim* will be submitted to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board for assessment. You solicitor will do this for you. Once the Injuries Board assess your claim your solicitor will revert with a suggested settlement amount. At this stage you have a choice to accept the Injuries Board assessment or reject it and move the next steps.

    At this point one of two scenarios will unfold:

    a. If both you and your employer accept the Injuries Board assessment, your case is settled and the person at fault will be ordered to pay settlement to you.

    b. If either you or your employer reject the Injuries Board assessment, then you move to the next stage and your solicitor will issue legal proceedings.

  5. Possible case outcomes

    Before you start to concern yourself with court and everything that comes with it, it’s important to understand that only a very small percentage of cases actually make it to a courtroom.

    Settlement meetings will be arranged where a settlement can be negotiated. Most cases are settled at this point without ever having to step foot into a courtroom and remember it’s your solicitor’s job to be with you every step of the way, right beside you to ensure that your best interests are met at all stages. Your solicitor is to be your trusted advisor throughout the process and to let you focus of your recovery, as they focus on settling your case.

At Tracey’s we make law accessible to all — regardless of your knowledge or experience with the claims process. For more information and a confidential discussion on your workplace accident, phone 01 649 9900 where you can speak with a member of our team straight away, or email ask@traceysolicitors.ie to tell us about your case.

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Case Settlement

If you are to proceed with a workplace accident claim* you may be entitled to claim compensation for the accident and added expenses you may have incurred. These claims are called damages.

General Damages

General damages are non-financial damages such as pain and suffering and/or physical and emotional injuries following a workplace accident*.

Special Damages

Special damages are out of pocket expenses incurred as a result of the workplace accident*, for example, loss of earnings (if you are out of work), medical bills, and added travel costs as a result of the accident (for example, travel to and from the hospital). Learn more about Special Damages

Angela’s Story

While working with heavy machinery in her workplace, which she has done for the last 28 years, Angela lost the top her finger. After her medical recovery, she spoke to us about a possible compensation claim.

“I found Paul very easy to deal with and very approachable.”

Liabilty & Legal Protection

Making a claim starts with determining liability.

  • Who is responsible for the cause of the injuries?
  • Could this injury have been avoided if certain measures have been put in place by the employer?
  • Or did you have the relevant tools needed to carry out the task that led to the injury?

In many cases, it is found that the employer is responsible for the accident due to a breach in their duty of care. In some cases, it can also be employees or customers of the store who may have led to the cause of the accident.

Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005

The Safety, Health and Welfare Act 2005 outlines certain duties which an employer and employee have in relation to ensuring health and safety at work.

Employer Responsibility

All employers have a duty of care to their staff to ensure that their health and safety is guaranteed while they are at work. They have a responsibility to ensure that there are precautions and regulations in place in order to do this. Employers are required to carry out frequent risk assessments which will help to identify and eliminate potential hazards.

The duties of an employer include:

  • Managing activities in a way which prioritises health and safety.
  • Providing the correct training and protective equipment to employees.
  • Ensuring that the working environment is suitable for the work that is to be carried out.
  • Ensuring that any equipment needed is in a good working condition.

A breach of these duties by the employer can lead to accidents. If an employee has sustained an injury and it is found that it was caused by employer negligence then the employer is likely to be found liable.

Employee Worries

Often a worry for an employee is that they will lose their job if they bring a claim forward against their employer. This is not the case as job security legislation protects employees against dismissal if a claim is brought forward (against their employer) after an injury in the workplace.

Most prudent employers have employer liability insurance in place. This effectively means that their insurance company take over and look after the work related claims* from an early stage. This can be good for all involved and takes the ‘personal’ element out of the process.

Don’t worry about being mistreated by the employer for making a workplace accident claim. These worries are normal. An accident at work is not the same as a road traffic accident between strangers. There is always a pre-existing employment relationship and this must be protected during the claims process.

What are the Legal Time Limits?

The statute of limitations are the legal time limits on how long you have to make a claim — these vary depending on the situation. The general rule for most personal injury cases* is that the person has two years from the date of the accident or date of knowledge of the accident* to make a claim for compensation. Contacting a solicitor to discuss your case will help you in determining how long you have left to make a claim.

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Common Causes of Accidents at Work*

Accidents at work can occur in a number of different environments; in the office, on a building site, in a warehouse or on any premises that an employee is legally required to be during the course of their working day. Regardless of the type of injury at work*, it is important to maintain whether the environment was unfit or hazardous, even in the case of human error, ascertaining the details of how the accident occurred is very important for an accident at work* claim.

The most common accident at work claims* are:

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Common Accident at Work Injuries*

Being involved in an accident at work*, as an employee can be a traumatic experience, especially if you have suffered any personal injuries*. The most common injury claims* that can occur after an accident at work* are:

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