Your employer has a legal responsibility to protect your health, safety and welfare at work, regardless of occupation. It is however an unfortunate fact of life that every year thousands of people are injured as a result of accidents at work. The Health & Safety Authority estimated that 18,796 people experienced work injuries requiring an absence from work of four or more days in 2014. Many of these injuries are relatively minor and a full recovery is made but sometimes the consequences of an accident at work for an employee are long-term or permanent.
It goes without saying that there can be huge financial, physical and psychological consequences for an employee and their family as a result of suffering an accident at work. Nevertheless, we fully understand that it can often be a difficult decision to bring a claim against your employer. It may be some small comfort therefore to note that by law your employer is not permitted to treat you unfairly or dismiss you if you make a claim. In addition, in nearly all cases your employer will have Employer’s Liability Insurance, meaning that any compensation claim would be covered by your employer’s insurance policy. The insurance company would also handle the claim from start to finish with little or no direct involvement from your employer.
McSweeney Solicitors have built up substantial experience and expertise handling all types of accident at work claims, such as:
- Slip, Trip and Fall Accidents
- Lifting/Manual Handling Injuries & Accidents
- Unsafe Workplace/System Injuries & Accidents
- Loss of Hearing/Industrial Deafness Claims
- General Workplace/Factory/Office Accidents
- Burns & Scalds Injuries
- Injuries Due to Lack of Training/Poor Safety Equipment
- Repetitive Strain Injuries
- Workplace Violence/Assaults
If you’ve been injured as a result of an accident at work within the past two years then you may be entitled to claim compensation* for your injury and out of pocket expenses, such as loss of earnings, medical expenses, etc. Each accident at work case is obviously different but the average compensation made by the InjuriesBoard in 2015 for victims of accidents at work was €31,267.
*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage of any award or settlement.