What To Do If You Have An Accident At Work?
An accident or injury at work * is an unfortunate event, one that can have serious effects on a person’s mental, physical and financial state. An accident at work * can also be referred to as a workplace accident, occupational accident, or injury at work * and can be described as an occurrence in the course of work that leads to a physical or mental injury *. In a lot of cases, the employee who suffered the injury may be entitled to pursue legal action if they can prove that the accident as a result of an unsafe working environment.
Common Types of Accident at Work Claims *
Accidents at work can occur in a number of different environments; in the office, on a building site, on a farm 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 type of work that an employee is hired to do may have an impact what kind of injury an employee sustains.
The most common accidents at work claims are:
- Slip, Trip or Falls *
- Farm Accidents *
- Manual handling –which includes lifting and carrying, pushing and pulling, and twisting and turning of the body.
- Occupational Injuries
- Falling from Heights – from stairs, ladders or scaffolding, for example
- Repetitive Motion Injuries
- Electrical Incidents
- Exposure to harmful substances
- Excessive noise
- Hazardous working environments
- Falling Objects
- Vehicle Accidents *
- Building Site Accidents *
- Industrial Diseases
- Asbestos Exposure
- Industrial deafness
- Back Injury at work *
Making a Claim *
Before you consider legal proceedings and making an accident at work 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
It is important that you notify your manager at work as to the accident that occurred ensuring that you 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.
How is compensation calculated *?
If you cannot return to work after suffering an injury at work there are legal remedies that can help you recover any financial and non-financial losses you may have incurred, these losses are referred to as damages:
Non-financial damages such as pain and suffering and/or physical and emotional damage following an accident at work
Out of pocket expenses incurred as a result of the accident at work for example, loss of earnings (if you were out of work), medical bills, travel costs relating to the injury at work.
Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005
Every employer is obligated to ensure that their employees work in a safe environment and an employee is obligated to carry out their duties to a standard code of practice. These responsibilities for both the employee and employer are governed by The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005. Read more about employer responsibilities here.
Statute of Limitations – Legal Time Frames
After suffering a personal injury at work *, it is important to remember that there is a certain timeframe in place within which you can bring an accident at work claim*. Read more about legal time limits and your personal injury claim * here
Accident at Work * and Sick Pay Entitlements
Employers are not obliged by Irish Law to pay their employees sick pay if they are out of work due to an injury. However, it is advisable to check your contract of employment as it may contain a clause relating to sick pay when out of work.
The Injuries Board
Accident at work * claims must be passed through the Injuries Board for assessment before proceeding to settlement or to court.
If you have any questions about an injury you suffered due to an accident at work * please do feel free to contact us for a confidential chat with one of our personal injury solicitors *. You can reach us by phone on +353 1 649 9900 or email email@example.com. If you rather we call you please do feel free to tell us about your case by leaving your details along with a message outlining your query on the form below and we can call you back.
With 30 years’ experience as specialist personal injury solicitors *, Tracey Solicitors, ensure not to overwhelm you with legal jargon and can provide you with legal advice and guidance with your best interest at heart, in a language that you can understand.