Road traffic accidents are a common occurrence on Irish roads and happen for a variety of different reasons to include driver error. At Maurice Leahy Wade we know that being involved in a car accident can be a traumatic experience whether you are the driver, passenger, cyclist or pedestrian. If the accident was not your fault then you may be entitled to compensation for damage to your car or property and for any personal injuries * sustained and any resulting expenses incurred. There are many types of car accidents where there is serious or permanent life changing injuries or minor road accidents where the impact may be low or minor but where personal injury occurs. A car accident can also result in fatal injury and this is dealt with below.
* Any claim for personal injury arising from a road traffic accident must be made to the personal injuries assessment board within two years less one day of the accident occurring.
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Every employer is obligated to ensure that their employees work in a safe environment for both full, part time employees and agency workers. A health and safety breach in these responsibilities may lead to an accident.
An accident or injury at work * can be a traumatic event. Work related accidents* can have a serious effect on a person’s mental, physical and financial state. An accident at work * can also be referred to as a workplace accident, occupational accident, or injury at work *. It can be described as an occurrence in the course of work that leads to a physical or mental injury *. If you suffered an injury at work then you may be entitled to bring a personal injury claim.
Accidents at work can occur in any type of work environments to include: the office, a building site, a farm or on any premises or outdoors where you are legally required to be during the course of your working day.
If you have been involved in a work related accident then you should do the following:
In the event that you do decide to take a personal injury * claim, you are not obliged to personally tell your employer. Your solicitor can write to your employer and notify them of the claim. However this is a matter for you as some clients think it is best for their employer to be made aware of this by the employee rather than their solicitor. Some client are also fearful that their employer may penalise them for taking such a claim. This action is illegal and if an employer threatens this then please let us know as we would bring an application to the Workplace Relations Commission in respect of such action.
If you are unable to return to work following the accident you may be entitled to sick pay. Employers are not obliged by Irish Law to pay their employees sick pay if they are out of work due to an injury. However, it is advisable to check your contract of employment as it may contain a clause relating to sick pay when out of work. If you are in doubt please let us know and we can check your contract of employment.
Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 an employer has a duty to:
In conclusion, employers have a legal duty to ensure safe operations are in place to protect their employees
Where an accident at work occurs an employer must report the accident to the Health and Safety Authority. Employers are legally obliged to report the accident if the worker cannot perform their duties for three consecutive days. Furthermore, it is worth noting that in this three-day count, the day of the accident is excluded.
* Any claim for personal injury arising from an accident at a work must be made to the personal injuries assessment board within two years less one day of the accident occurring
Slips, trips and fall accidents can occur in almost any environment. These can be slips on a wet floor in a shopping centre, supermarket or restaurant or hotel to tripping on the pavement. In these cases there is a duty of care on the persons responsible for this area to ensure that a personal injury does not occur. In most cases the property owner or local authority will have public liability insurance in place to cover such claims.
* Any claim for personal injury arising from an accident in a public place must be made to the personal injuries assessment board within two years less one day of the accident occurring.
If you have any questions about an injury you suffered due to an accident at work * please do feel free to contact us for a confidential chat with one of our personal injury solicitors *.
You can reach us by phone on 01 840 6505 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . If you rather we call you, please do feel free to tell us about your case by leaving your details along with a message outlining your query on the associated form and we can call you back.
With 30 years’ experience as specialist personal injury solicitors *, Maurice Leahy Wade & Company Solicitors, ensure not to overwhelm you with legal jargon and can provide you with legal advice and guidance with your best interest at heart, in a language that you can understand.