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Have You Had a Workplace injury?

You may be entitled to compensation if you have suffered a workplace injury in Ireland.

The amount of compensation you may be entitled to will depend on the specific circumstances of your case, including the severity of your injuries, the impact of your injuries on your ability to work, and any financial losses you have suffered as a result of your injuries.

That includes all types of injuries and accidents, whether a back injury, slip, trip or fall, eye injury, industrial disease, work-related stress or any other type of workplace injury. 

If you went to work one day and came home with some injury or ailment caused by your workplace, why not get expert advice?

Types of Workplace Injuries

In Ireland, a workplace injury is any injury that an employee sustains while they are carrying out their duties as an employee.

This includes injuries that are sustained on the job site, as well as injuries that are sustained while an employee is travelling for work or performing work-related activities outside the workplace.

Various factors, including accidents, exposure to hazardous substances or environments, and repetitive strain injuries, can cause workplace injuries.

Some common examples of workplace injuries include:

If you have sustained an injury while carrying out your duties as an employee, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

You should also report the injury to your employer, as they must report certain injuries to the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) and their insurance company.

If you believe you may be entitled to compensation for your workplace injury, it is important to seek legal advice to understand your rights and determine the best course of action.

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“Thank you so much to Employment Matters, it was such a relief to be able to rely on you to deal with the insurance company and negotiate on my behalf, I never realised I could achieve anything like the settlement you got me, if it wasn’t for you I’d have taken the first thing that was offered.”
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Who Can Make a Workplace Injury Claim

To make a successful injury at work claim in Ireland, you must be able to prove that the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence or failure to follow proper safety protocols. This could include your employers, a co-worker, or a third party, such as a supplier or manufacturer.

To make a claim, you must also be able to show that you suffered an injury due to the accident. This can include physical injuries, such as broken bones or lacerations, and psychological injuries, such as stress or anxiety.

If you meet these criteria, you may be able to claim compensation through the Injuries Board Ireland (the “Board”).

This government body assesses personal injury claims and determines the amount of compensation that should be awarded.

Alternatively, you may choose to pursue your claim through the courts. This can be more complex and time-consuming, but it may be necessary if you cannot reach a settlement with the Board or the other party disputes your claim.

Time Limits for Making a Workplace Injury Claim

In Ireland, there are time limits for claiming compensation after a workplace injury. These time limits, or “statutes of limitations,” are implemented to ensure that cases are handled fairly and efficiently.

According to the Statute of Limitations Act 1957, the time limit for claiming a personal injury, including a workplace injury, is generally two years from the date of the injury.

This means that you must initiate legal proceedings within two years of the date of the accident, or you may lose your right to claim compensation.

There are some exceptions to this rule. For example, if you were under 18 years of age at the time of the accident, the two-year time limit does not begin until you reach the age of 18.

In addition, if you did not discover the injury or its cause immediately, the time limit may be extended.

If you are considering claiming a workplace injury, acting as soon as possible is important.

Gathering evidence, negotiating with the insurance company, and preparing for court can take time, and starting the process as soon as possible is better.

If you have any doubts about the time limits for making a workplace injury claim in Ireland, speaking with a personal injury solicitor is a good idea.

They can help you understand the relevant laws and deadlines and guide you through the claims process.

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How Employment Matters Can Assist You

At Employment Matters, we understand that suffering a workplace injury can be a devastating and stressful experience.

Not only do you have to deal with physical pain and discomfort, but you may also be struggling with lost wages and mounting medical bills. That’s where we come in.

Our team of experienced personal injury solicitors can help you navigate the legal process and fight for the compensation you deserve.

If you have been injured in a workplace accident, taking legal action as soon as possible is essential. The longer you wait, the harder it may be to get the compensation you need to cover your expenses and move on with your life.

Our team can help you gather the evidence needed to build a strong case, including medical records, witness statements, and other relevant documentation.

We will work closely with you to understand the full extent of your injuries and how they have impacted your life.

We will then use this information to negotiate with the insurance company or take your case to court if necessary.

Our goal is to get you the maximum amount of compensation possible, so you can focus on your recovery and get back to work as soon as possible.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a workplace accident in Ireland, don’t hesitate to contact our law firm.

Let us take on the burden of your case so that you can focus on your recovery.

Workplace Injury FAQs

The most common workplace injuries include:

  • Trips, slips and falls
  • Struck by moving machinery 
  • Vehicle-related accidents
  • Fire
  • Repetitive stress and overexertion injuries

You should review your employment contract to see if a contractual provision provides payment during the sick leave period. If no clause permits this, the employee will unlikely be entitled to payment.

As an employee who has had an accident at work in Ireland, you have the right to access medical treatment, receive sick pay, and claim compensation for any loss of earnings or long-term effects of the injury.

Employers in Ireland can take several measures to prevent workplace injuries, such as providing training and supervision. They should also maintain equipment and machinery to ensure a safe working environment. Also, providing personal protective equipment and conducting regular risk assessments. Employers also have a duty of care to ensure the mental well-being of their employees.

Yes, you may be entitled to claim compensation for a workplace injury in Ireland. However, you must meet specific criteria, such as proving that your employer was at fault for the injury and making a claim within the specified time limits. Seek legal advice if you are considering making a claim.

How does it work?

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Then, if you do and you want to pursue it, we’ll help guide you through the complex process of making that claim.

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That said, you only have a limited time to lodge your complaint to the WRC or Labour Court, so act fast.

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