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Accidents at work do happen

Accidents can happen – however, what if another person’s negligence is directly responsible for an accident or serious injury when you are in the workplace? We help parties receive the justice they deserve for an injury that could have been avoided.  Our personal injury team has expertise in this area, but we know that the whole process of making a claim can seem daunting and complex. 

We will try and, give some clear answers to some of the most common questions he is asked:

I’ve had an accident at work - what are my rights?

If you’ve had an accident at work that wasn’t your fault, you have the right to make a personal injury claim.

Can I claim compensation?

If your accident was a result of someone else’s negligence, then you may be entitled to compensation for the harm caused.

Employers have a duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of employees, and any visitors, in the workplace.  The correct procedures must be in place to make sure that employees do not sustain any injuries or health-related issues.

Even so, accidents do still happen.  According to recent statistics, there were 693,000 injuries caused at work last year, resulting in an estimated 6.3 million working days lost at a cost of €5.6 billion. 

How do I make a claim?

The first step is to contact us.  One of our expert personal injury team will talk you through the process and provide you with practical, clear advice as to whether or not you have a case.  You can call our team on 0872905001 or send us some information and we’ll call you at a time that suits.

How long will my claim take?

For simple injuries (e.g. falls, trips and slips) the process shouldn’t take longer than 12 months. However, for more complex and prolonged injuries, or where the defendant denies liability, it can take longer to negotiate a settlement.

My accident was a year ago – am I too late to claim?

In most circumstances, the time limit to make a claim is 3 years.  That means that court proceedings must be started within 3 years of you realising that you sustained an injury. 

What evidence will I need to provide?

Evidence of the accident and injury will be useful if you decide to make a claim and it will certainly help strengthen your case. Types of evidence might include:

  • Record of the accident e.g accident book
  • Record of visits to a medical professional as a result of the accident
  • Photos of what caused the accident and of the injuries that were sustained
  • Details of any witnesses

Will I have to go to court?

Many personal injury cases won’t see a courtroom.  Most cases see the person liable accepting the claim and settling it outside of Court.  However, if matters get more complicated and result in Court proceedings, our personal injury lawyers will be by your side to fight for the compensation you deserve.

Can I lose my job if I make a claim against my employer?

It’s a common occurrence for clients to be worried that they might lose their job if they make a claim against their employer. However, this should not be the case – your employer has a duty of care, and if they fail in that duty, resulting in you sustaining an injury, then you have the right to make a claim.For more information and advice, please contact one of our team today

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