Accidents at Work
Accidents at Work
If you have been involved in an accident at work, contact us without delay on 042 932 8053
Employers Legal Obligations –
Your employer has a legal obligation to do everything they can, as for as is reasonably practical, to ensure your safety, health and welfare at work. This requires your employer, among other things, to provide you with:
- A safe place of work
- A safe system of work
- Appropriate equipment which is fit for purpose
- Competent co-workers
If your job involves working off site, for example at the premises of a client, your employer is obliged to ensure your safety, health and welfare apply here too.
Types of accidents we can assist you with –
- Industrial accidents
- Injuries from falling objects
- Falls from buildings, scaffolding, stairs or ladders
- Accidents off-site
- Accidents involving machinery
- Accidents involving vehicles
- Accidents involving animals
- Slips and falls
- Exposure to dangerous substances
- Injuries caused by unsafe training exercises
- Damage to sight or hearing
- Burns and scalds
- Injuries caused by the repetitive lifting of objects
- Work related stress
What to do if you have been involved in an accident:
- Report your accident to your employer
- Seek medical attention for your injuries
- Report your accident to Gardai (if applicable)
- Take pictures
- Take note of witnesses, if any
- Contact us on 042- 9328053
Personal Injuries Procedure
- Consultation – Once you contact us, it will be necessary for us to hold a consultation with you in order to take a full account of the accident.
- Post Consultation – If you do not have all of the necessary information to hand, we will obtain the information on your behalf. We will also write to your doctor requesting that they complete a medical report detailing the injuries you have suffered.
- Application – Your doctor will usually forward your completed medical report within a few short weeks. When we receive the report, we will hold further consultation with you for the purposes of reviewing your medical report and completing your application to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (“PIAB”). Please note that since 2003, any person who has suffered personal injuries, is required to submit an application for compensation to PIAB.
- PIAB – Once PIAB receive your application they will commence the assessment process. If your matter does not settle at the PIAB stage, we will issue and serve Court Proceedings on your behalf.
The most important detail we require in a workplace accident, is confirmation of the correct legal identity of your employer. This may seem straight forward however it is often the case that a person will understand that they are employed by a company “A” but their actual employer may be company “B”. It will usually be possible to establish the correct legal identity employer from a recent payslip and/or your contract of employment.
Please do not worry if you do not have the details to hand as we can obtain these on your behalf.
It will however enable us to progress your matter if you have the following:
- Correct legal identity of your employer – from your payslip and /or contract of employment
- Location of the accident
- Date of the accident
- Identity of the person to whom the accident was reported
- Identity of witnesses, if any
- If applicable, registration(s) of vehicle(s) involved.
If you have been in an accident or you have any queries regarding the above matters, contact us without delay on 042 932 8053.