Ann was working in a supermarket at the time she was injured, she was carrying out tasks, including tidying up the shelves in the store, and ensuring that the shop floor was presentable and neat.
Ann was working on some high shelves that required her to use a ladder. While she was using the ladder, she was suddenly caused to fall from the ladder to the floor, injuring herself. Ann suffered serious injuries, particularly to her left ankle, which was fractured and dislocated, and resulted in to undergoing a tedious surgery in order to recover.
Following her surgery, Ann required weekly dressings as she experienced a breakdown of the initial wound and had to use a vacuum pump for a while. Ann experienced ongoing pain and stiffness in her left ankle, meaning she required a walking boot and crutches for anything other than short distances. Ann was extremely limited in all social and recreational activities due to her injury. Ann would need extensive Physiotherapy and was likely to endure ongoing symptoms.
The cause of Ann’s injuries was due to negligence and failure to supply safe working equipment, this was a breach of duty from the employer.
Court proceedings were instigated, and the case was brought to a successful conclusion.
The case was settled in the high court on the 15/02/2023 for the sum of €140,901.000.
This was a great success for our client. We are proud of the great work and care that was put into the case by Paul W Tracey and his team.
*Note: Client name changed for GDPR reasons.
It is important to immediately take the following steps after the occurrence of an accident at work.
There are strict obligations on employers under the Health & Safety Acts together with other legislation to ensure that employees have a safe system of work and that employees are properly trained in the tasks that they are carrying out and that they are provided with proper equipment in the course of their employment.
After an accident at work and before making a work related claim, your first priority should be to seek medical attention. In minor workplace incidents whereby you have a slip, trip or fall, you may feel as though you are fine, but what you don’t realise is that the minor injury you have suffered could develop into a bigger health issue for you. Assessing your health after an accident is a critical first step.
Once you have had a medical assessment there are a number of steps you will follow:
1. Report the accident to your superior
Before making work related claims it is important that you notify your manager at work as to the accident that occurred. You need you to inform them of the injuries you suffered and the cause of the accident. It is advisable for you to seek confirmation from your superior that you have reported the accident, whether it is written or electronic.
2. Seek legal advice from a personal injury solicitor
Once you have reported the accident, it is important that you seek advice from a personal injury solicitor who has experience with accidents in the workplace. They can then talk you through the next steps as to what is involved when making work related claims.
In the event that you do decide to take a personal injury claim, you are not obliged to personally tell your employer. Your solicitor can write to your employer and notify them of the claim. Some of our clients have told us that they feel that it would be better for them to inform their employer that a claim was being made and that their solicitor would be in touch. This is a matter for each client. Generally, we would advise that all communications regarding the case take place between the legal representatives.
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