As employees, we rightly place complete trust in our employers to keep us safe. Not only do they have a legal obligation to ensure our health and safety while we are at work, in order to maintain ongoing operations and protect their reputations, but most businesses also take this matter very seriously.
Employers of all types and size must routinely undertake risk assessments across all aspects of their business, including car parks, vehicles, premises, and warehouses. For every health and safety risk they identify, they must implement control and mitigation measures to eliminate the danger, or if this is not possible, mitigate it as much as possible.
In order to control health and safety risks, employers have at their disposal a wide range of strategies, including creating policies and procedures to be followed across the business, staff training, providing protective equipment (e.g. eyewear and ear defenders), safety guards on machines, using clear signage to warn and remind staff of known risks, and rotating staff between roles to avoid over-use injuries such as vibration white finger or carpal tunnel syndrome.
While it is a considerable undertaking to manage health and safety risks across an organisation, it is nevertheless one private and public entities are required to do by law. As such, if you have been injured at work due the negligence actions (or failure to act) of your employer, you may be able to bring a claim against them for your pain, suffering and losses.
Can I lose my job if I bring a workplace injury claim against my employer?
Some employees may fear losing their job as a result of bringing a claim against an employer, but this should not be the case. Firstly, this might be construed as unfair or constructive dismissal. They will likely wish to avoid any reputational damage as a result of any grievance raised.
Secondly, your employer is insured for such eventualities, and as such will be expecting you to bring a claim. In addition, the case will almost entirely be handled by the insurance company rather than the employer themselves.
And finally, if you have suffered physically, emotionally and financially as a result of the negligence of your employer, it is entirely reasonable that you should be able to seek legal recourse. And by doing so, your employer will be brought to account for their actions, meaning the chance of the same type of accident occurring is reduced or eliminated.
Do I have grounds for a work accident injury claim?
To bring a claim against a negligent party for your injuries, it will be necessary to prove:
- The party owed you a duty of care – if you were not owed a duty of care, no claim can be brought, and;
- The duty of care was breached, and;
- The breach of care led to a work accident injury.
This means that in some contexts, it may not be possible to make a claim because there is a lack of proof that negligence occurred. One of our primary roles will be to establish if there are grounds for a claim and if so, to create a compelling case that proves the other party held legal culpability which they breached, leading to your injury.
If you are unsure if the circumstances of your work accident injury are grounds for a claim, please contact one of our work accident injury solicitors today who will take the time to listen to the details of your case and advise you of your legal options.
What may a claim for work accident injury cover?
Claims following work accident injuries due to negligence may cover two areas of loss:
- Pain and suffering due to the injury;
- Specific costs resulting from the injury caused. This may cover costs already incurred, such as transport, accommodation, and medical treatment, and expected future expenses, such as physical therapy and care costs.
The costs you receive will be based on the precise injuries suffered and the circumstances of the case.
How Lavelle Partners work accident injury solicitors can assist you in bringing a claim
- Lavelle Partners have successfully managed many cases of work accidentinjury caused by the negligence of another party.
- Our personal injury team, headed by partner, Avril Scally, who herself has over 15 years’ experience in personal injury claims, place client care at the centre of everything they do.
- From the first moment you speak to one of our solicitors, we will listen to your case carefully and with empathy and will only recommend advancing your case if we believe you have a valid case.
- We have both the legal expertise and understanding of the real-life challenges faced by individuals and their families following such events.
- Our solicitors will manage the process entirely on your behalf; compiling the information necessary for your case, including medical notes and managing the submission of your personal injury claim.
By allowing us to handle your claim on your behalf, you can focus on what is most important your recovery and care, or that of your family member or loved one.
For further information on making a claim for a work accident injury in Ireland, please contact Lavelle Partners in confidence on (01) 644 5800 or email Avril Scally at [email protected]