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Accidents at work occur in many different workplace settings including construction sites, motoring incidents, restaurant kitchens and even in moderately low risk environments such as offices.
When someones suffers injury through an accident at work and if there was a ‘liable party’ other than the victim (e.g. the employer), a claim can be made against an employer (most often against the latter’s insurers) and/or against related liable parties.
HAVING A VALID WORK INJURY CLAIM
Claims can be made by victims of workplace accidents for;
- Recompense for the injury including pain and sufferring (known as general damages)
- Other damages such as special damages
- Loss of earnings
- Future loss of earnings
- Out of pocket medical and other expenses
Workplace accidents when they do occur proceed in the manner of general personal injury claims and in the first instance an application is made to the Injuries Board.
The Injuries Board reported that the types of accidents and their severity varied greatly and that they included construction mishaps such as;
- Being hit by a forklift or digger
- Being rear-ended while operating a forklift or other machinery
- Crush injuries from falling pallets
- Falling or being thrown from a forklift
- Injuries involving lifting or manual handling
- Being struck by a crane tilt
- Accidents at work caused by not wearing safety equipment
CRANE AND FORKLIFT ACCIDENT EXAMPLES
Recently the Injuries Board highlighted the increase in certain workplace accidents that were resulting in personal injury claims in particular in relation to accidents involving lifting equipment such as forklifts and cranes.
In 2013 40 people received compensation for accidents in the workplace involving forklifts and cranes totaling €1.3 million euro, compared to only 34 people in 2011.
The Injuries Board reported that the average compensation award for these type of accidents at work involving cranes and forklifts that resulted in fractured and broken bones and soft tissue injuries was €32,990.
Obviously this is only an average figure which means that some compensation awards for these accidents at work was higher than this figure and some lower but it is a very real indication of the level of compensation involved.
The Injuries Board reported that one in three accidents occurred as a result of falls in the workplace. The most serious accidents at construction or factory sites remain however as a result of faulty or defective machinery.
HOW WE CAN HELP YOU WITH YOUR CLAIM*
Carmody Moran Solicitors have dealt with a variety of claims in the workplace and serious traumatic injuries.
These include incidents such as the loss of a limb including fingers and toes in involving defective machinery through to chronic back pain and other serious life-changing injuries and even injuries that unfortunately proved to be fatal.
We handle all cases in a sensitive and compassionate way while not compromising you on first class legal advice and guidance.
We have also acted in conjunction with the family members of a loved one involved in the awful event of an accident at work causing death.
Carmody Moran Solicitors are uniquely placed to do this having experience of prosecuting and defending these types of accident at work claims from the initial site investigation through to fully contested Court hearings in cases where liability is at issue.
As each case is different and needs to be assessed on its own particular circumstance, an early meeting with one of our experienced team is recommended who can discuss the case with you in confidence.
We can also answer your concerns and questions regarding the accident and employment law related concerns when it comes to taking an action against an employer.
Carmody Moran Solicitors offer a nationwide service in such matters.
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Are you an employer or contractor who is subject to an injury claim?
Carmody Moran also have a personal injury defence practice which help employers prevent the likelihood of claims and reduces costs.