Injury at Work Claims

Nobody goes to work expecting to be injured in the course of their job. It does happen, unfortunately. Some occupations are more prone to accidents than others, but wherever you work, if you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to make a claim for damages.*

What Do I Do If I Am Involved In An Accident At Work

Wherever you work, if you are involved in an accident and suffer an injury, you should:

  1. Get medical treatment for your injury
  2. Report the accident to a manager
  3. If there were witnesses, identify them.
  4. Record the details of the incident.
  5. Contact an experienced solicitor. 

Common Causes Of Injury At Work

Accidents at work can have multiple causes. We list the more common causes of accidents at work and how to make a claim for damages.

Common causes of Injury at Work

Employers Duty Of Care

You may be able to bring an accident* at work claim if you have been injured as a result of health and safety procedures not being followed. Your employer has a legal duty to ensure you are safe at work. This means they have a responsibility to:-

  • Make sure you are properly trained;
  • Provide you with a safety statement;
  • Provide you with suitable work and personal protective equipment;
  • Undertake risk assessments;
  • Manage business activities to minimise risks to your health and safety; and
  • Provide safe systems of work.

What Is Involved In Making An Accident At Work Claim?

Employment law in Ireland law places strict obligations on employers to protect the safety and wellbeing of employees, particularly by providing a safe place of work, a safe system of work or proper training to their employees. Where injuries are sustained in the workplace it is possible for the injured party to take a legal action against the employer.

The first issue to be established is whether an injury has actually occurred. The claimant must have sustained some form of injury – either physical or psychological – in the course of his or her employment to bring a workplace injury claim. Examples of the type of injuries that occur in the workplace include injuries caused by heavy lifting, repetitive stress injuries and in recent years the courts have granted awards in cases involving stress and anxiety to employees that arose from workplace bullying and harassment.

Work injury claims' process

Common types of accidents* at work

Whilst every accident and injury is unique, this list of common types of accident at work includes accidents and injuries of the greatest frequency in Ireland.

You may take legal action after  you have been involved in an accident or injured because of somebody else’s actions or negligence*.

Personal injury claims generally involve:

  • A plaintiff or claimant  – this is the person making the claim (you).
  • A defendant – the person(s) you are making the claim against.
  • Your solicitor 
  • PIAB – Personal Injury Assessment Board (often called the Injuries Board). PIAB assesses most  personal injury claims before any further steps are considered.

What Are the Common Injuries Sustained In Accidents?

For every type of accident, whether a car crash, a slip and fall, or a product related injury, there is a wide array of injury types that can occur. Every part of the body is susceptible to different forms of injury and the forces applied upon the body when an accident occurs will dictate the kind of injury as well as the severity.

As a personal injury law firm with over 50 years experience representing injured parties Ireland we understand the nature of various types of injuries. We are able to articulate the effects they have on a client’s life, and the types of medical care required, in the context of a personal injury case.

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