Whether you’re a 9 to 5’er or working shifts, earning an honest days pay for an honest day’s work is what most of us sign up for.
From time to time things can go wrong though:

If you’re following standard procedure and get hurt or injured at work the chances are you may be entitled to compensation.

In Ireland employers have a duty of care towards employees and must also comply with Health and Safety Law to ensure that you have a safe place to work and a safe system of work.

If the worst does happen and you are hurt or injured at work here are 5 tips on to what to do:

  1. Get medical attention. This may be available at work or it may mean going to hospital or your GP. If in doubt – go to your GP.
  2. Report the accident to your supervisor. If possible fill in an incident report form, but in the short term any written form of notification is better than nothing.
  3. Keep a diary note of what happened, when you reported it and to whom, medical appointments, expenses and symptoms. It’s so much easier to refer back to your notes later if you keep them as you go.
  4. Contact a solicitor. Why? There are important deadlines, apart from the well-known Statute of Limitiations, which should be complied with and if missed, may prevent you from claiming. Also a solicitor will take the hassle out of the direct communication with the relevant parties / insurers, and will know what to do in terms of getting evidence together on your behalf to bring a claim. A good solicitor will also advise you early on, of the merits of your case: ie whether you will get over the first hurdle of proving liability. All the diary notes and medical reports in the world mean nothing if it can’t be established that your employer is liable in the first place – and you could end up wasting a lot of money by skipping that one step. A solicitor will also be able to advise if you’re being offered less than you may be entitled to.
  5. Keep your medical and physio appointments. If medical reports recommend a course of treatment, and a person abandons this half way along, it’s difficult to show that you took your own treatment seriously – more difficult again to demonstrate to anyone else (eg a judge, an insurance company, your employer) that you are genuine in bringing your claim. Your behaviour speaks volumes in a cynical world.

If you’ve been hurt or injured at work, or if you know someone who has, why not contact Miriam Tighe Solicitors for a confidential conversation at no charge.

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