Accidents at Work
Although there are laws and regulations in place to protect employees’ health and safety, accidents in the workplace still happen regularly. They can occur in every type of work environment from offices to construction sites and farms and can take many forms, including slips, trips and falls, lifting injuries, machinery-related accidents and exposure to toxic substances.
In some cases, the accident will be a direct result of an employer’s failure to provide a safe workplace. If your employer is found liable for your injury, you could be entitled to compensation*. Our Personal Injury Lawyers have extensive experience helping clients who have been hurt in workplace accidents. We are understanding and empathetic but take a hard line on ensuring your needs are met, and your rights are protected.
I Have Been Injured at Work – What Should I Do?
- Seek medical assistance for your injuries.
- Report the accident to your line manager immediately or as soon as possible and request a written acknowledgement.
- Take legal advice from a Personal Injury* Lawyer, who can determine whether your employer could be held responsible for your injury and estimate how much compensation* you could receive.
Is My Employer Responsible for my Injury?
Employers in Ireland have several legal duties relating to the protection of employees’ health and safety. Among these requirements, they must ensure the workplace and all equipment are safe and take appropriate steps to mitigate risks. If the employer has not complied with these responsibilities, for example by providing inadequate training for the use of machinery or not putting correct safety measures in place, they could be held liable for any accidents that occur as a result.
This is a complicated area of law. If you are unsure about where you stand, do not hesitate to contact our team for advice.
Will I Lose My Job if I Claim Compensation* Against My Employer?
Many employees worry about dismissal when bringing an injury at work claim*. You should feel reassured that job security legislation protects you from losing your position in these circumstances. With expertise in Employment Law too, we can ensure you are protected from dismissal and mistreatment.
It is normal to feel uncomfortable about taking legal action against your employer. However, in most cases, employers have liability insurance meaning the claim will be handled by your employer’s insurance provider – helping to remove any personal element.
Contact our Accident at Work Claims* Solicitors in Carrigart and Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
An accident at work can cause serious physical and emotional harm, as well as worries about the potential impact on your career and your ability to provide for yourself and your family. We work tirelessly to protect your rights and secure the best outcome possible – giving you peace of mind and the space to focus on your recovery. Call our team on 0749890190 or complete our online contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
*In contentious business, a legal practitioner shall not charge any amount in respect of legal costs expressed as a percentage or proportion of any damages (or other moneys) that may become payable to his or her client or purport to set out the legal costs to be charged to a junior counsel as a specified percentage or proportion of the legal costs paid to a senior counsel. A legal practitioner shall not without the prior written agreement of his or her client deduct or appropriate any amount in respect of legal costs from the amount of any damages or moneys that become payable to the client in respect of legal services that the legal practitioner provided to the client.
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