Sustaining work injuries in the course of your employment can lead to some potentially very difficult situations. Not only do you have to cope with the injuries you have sustained, but where your employer has been negligent for causing these injuries, you are entitled to make a claim for work injuries compensation against him – something you may be reluctant to do if you have a good working relationship with your employer or if you fear that it will affect your future job prospects.
Most employers would be genuinely horrified that one of their employees has sustained work injuries due their lack of care. However, when it comes to paying out work injuries compensation they may not be so understanding of your situation, or their feelings could be influenced by their insurance company. Therefore, when you are in a situation where you are entitled to claim for work injuries compensation, it is in your best interests to use the services of an experienced personal injury claims solicitor.
Getting Treatment for Work Injuries
If you are involved in an accident at work, depending on the severity of your work injuries, an ambulance should be summoned or you should be accompanied to the accident and emergency department of your local hospital by a responsible colleague. Waiting until you get home to visit your family GP could allow time for complications to develop with your work injuries and cause your condition to deteriorate.
Except in work injuries where a condition has developed over time, your accident should be recorded in your employer´s “Accident Report Book”. A copy of this report plus a copy of your medical records will be required to support your work injuries compensation claim when you make your application to the Injuries Board Ireland. Recognised medical conditions that are caused by industrial diseases can also be claimed for, but you should always use an experienced personal injury claims solicitor in these cases.
Making a Work Injuries Compensation Claim
Making a work injuries claim for compensation can be a complex process. Not only are you entitled to claim compensation for work injuries due to an employer´s lack of care, but also special damages for costs incurred due to your work injuries such as transport to and from a medical centre, the costs of medicines and any medical care, plus any expenses that you may have to pay out towards caring for children or elderly relatives because you have been unable to do so.
Where the claim for work injuries compensation may become complicated is when the Injuries Board Ireland sends your employer a notification that you are making a work injuries claim against him. Your employer might even be unaware that his negligence caused your work injuries or claim that you contributed to them by your own lack of care – reasons for the Injuries Board Ireland to decline to assess your work injuries compensation claim and give you authorisation to pursue your claim for work injuries compensation through the courts.
Solicitors and Work Injuries Compensation
You should not leave it until your employer queries his liability for your work injuries compensation claim before consulting an experienced personal injuries claim solicitor. A solicitor will be able to ensure you receive all the special damages you are entitled to by assisting you with the application to the Injuries Board Ireland. He can explain the process for making a work injuries compensation claim from start to finish. This will put your mind at rest about the legal procedures and enable you to focus on recovering from your work injuries.
As often happens after making a claim for work injuries compensation, you could be approached by representatives of your employer´s insurance company with an offer of early settlement for your work injuries compensation claim. Inasmuch as a short-term influx of cash may be welcome at a time when you may be concerned about supporting your family, offers such as these are often inappropriate in respect of the physical trauma you have suffered. By having a solicitor intervene on your behalf, you may find that a more adequate settlement of work injuries compensation is agreed by negotiation.
Work Injuries Summary
In much the same way as an employer is shocked that his negligence has caused a work injury to one of his staff, most employees would not take advantage of the personal injury claims procedure to claim compensation if there was no need to do so. If you have sustained an injury at work due to the lack of care by your employer, you are entitled to make a work injuries compensation claim.
By using an experienced personal injury claims solicitor from the very beginning of your claim, you can be assured that your application for work injuries compensation to the Injuries Board Ireland will be comprehensively completed, that any questions over liability will be dealt with before they become issues and, should you need representation in court or in negotiations with an insurance company, your solicitor has prepared the strongest possible work injuries claim and is fully up to speed with events.
Contact a Work Injuries Solicitor
If you have any questions about your entitlement to make a work injuries compensation claim, you are invited to call our free work injuries claim advice service on 1-800 989 988. You will be able to discuss your case with an experienced solicitor, receive some helpful and practical advice and valuable information about making a work injuries compensation claim.
All calls to our free work injuries claim advice service are completely confidential and there is no obligation on you to proceed with a work injuries compensation claim once you have spoken with us. If you have sustained an injury at work due to the negligence of your employer, and are concerned about a work injuries compensation claim harming your future prospects, we are the first people you should speak to.