Accidents at work are very common in Ireland on a daily basis
Workplaces involving construction or heavy machinery do hold a higher risk of workplace injury. Very serious accidents do occur however in offices and retail units also. A variety of injuries and accidents can happen in the workplace such as;
slip and fall at work
injuries due to lifting or bending
The Law states that employers owe a duty of care to take reasonable steps to protect the health and safety of their employees.
This is to include the provision of proper training and supervision, a safe working environment, maintained and adequate machinery and equipment fit for purpose, and also co-workers with sufficient ability to carry out their job.
Accidents at Work
Injured workers may be entitled to recover not only for the injury itself, but also for ongoing pain and suffering, lost wages, and financial expenses such as the following:
- Medical treatment
- Medical devices and equipment
- Rehabilitation services
- Prescription drugs
- Accommodation and transportation adaptations
- Travel expenses
You may not be entitled to recover loss if your injury was caused by some fault of your own. However, it is worth gathering all the facts before concluding that you were at fault and to discuss with a personal injury solicitor who can guide you with regard to any decisions about fault responsibility.
If you have been involved in a workplace accident and required medical treatment for the injury sustained, you may be entitled to claim compensation for that injury.
Work place accidents can happen when health and safety guidelines are not adhered to or when staff do not have adequate training.