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Accident at Work Claims

Employers in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland owe a duty of care to their employees to ensure that they are protected from unnecessary risk of injury in the workplace. If this duty is breached, then the risk of a workplace injury will be inevitably heightened.

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At P.A Duffy & Co Solicitors, we represent employee in accident at work claims cases in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Our personal injury team are experienced, understanding and sympathetic and will work tirelessly on your behalf to secure the compensation you are owed for what has happened.

Some of the basic health and safety requirements that employers must provide include;

  • Ensuring that a safe working environment is provided for employees and visitors to the employer’s premises.

  • Ensuring that appropriate risk assessments are carried out in line with Article 3(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (NI) 2000. This legislation places a requirement on all employers to make a suitable assessment of the risks to the health and safety of employees.

  • Ensuring that Personal Protective Equipment is provided to employees in line with Article 5(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (NI) 1999. This legislation places a requirement on all employers to ensure that work equipment is maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair.

  • Ensuring that all employees are provided with adequate and up to date health and safety training in the workplace.

  • Ensuring that necessary safety mechanisms are in place.

  • Ensuring that adequate supervision is provided when necessary.

How our personal injury solicitors can help

If you decide that you want to make a claim for compensation following an accident at work, you can arrange an appointment with one of our personal injury solicitors and they will walk you through the claims process. The claims process can vary but will generally take the following format:

  1. Free Initial Consultation – We will meet the injured client and take their instructions about the accident at work. We will also take this opportunity to advise clients on the prospect of success based on the instructions they have provided.

  2. Letter of Claim – Based on the instructions you have provided we will then send a letter to your employer outlining the circumstances of the accident and highlighting our allegations of negligence and breach of statutory duty. The employer’s insurance company will then come on record and we will liaise with them in all further correspondence.

  3. Medical Evidence – If the injured client has been to the hospital or their GP as a result of the accident, we will obtain those notes. We will then arrange for our client to be examined by a specialist medical Consultant who will provide a report on their injuries.

  4. Decision on Liability – The employers insurance company must complete their investigations into liability within about 3 months from the letter of claim being sent. If liability is admitted, we will enter into settlement negotiations and our solicitors will use their expertise to ensure that you receive a level of compensation that reflects your loss. This will take into account the injuries suffered and any financial loss, including loss of earnings.

  5. Court proceedings – If liability has been denied and we feel the case is worth pursuing we will issue Court proceedings against your employer to recover compensation. Court proceedings can also be issued if we feel the compensation being offered by the insurance company is not sufficient. Our expert solicitors will advise clients on their options but the final decision will always be made by the client and we will ensure that their wishes are carried out at all times during the claims process


What will I receive compensation for in an accident at work claim and how much will I receive?

In an accident at work claim, the compensation you receive can vary based on several factors, including the severity of your injuries, the circumstances of the accident, and the workers' compensation laws in your jurisdiction. However, compensation typically covers the following types of damages;

  • Medical Expenses

  • Lost Wages

  • Permanent Disability

  • Rehabilitation and Vocational Training

  • Pain and Suffering

  • Wrongful Death Benefits

  • Travel Expenses

  • Prescription Medications

  • Property Damage

If you speak to us about your case, we will be able to give you an initial idea of the range of compensation that is generally awarded for the type of injury you have sustained.

How can I finance an accident at work claim?

We know that funding an accident at work claim might be a worry, so we offer a range of options. These include:

  • Legal Aid

  • Legal expenses cover

  • After the Event insurance (ATE insurance)

  • Private payment

We will be happy to discuss funding with you to find the best option for your circumstances.

What is the time limit for bringing an accident at work compensation claim?

In Northern Ireland, the time limit for filing a personal injury claim for a workplace accident is generally three years from the date of the accident. This is governed by the Limitation Act 1980.

In the Republic of Ireland (ROI), the time limit for bringing an accident at work compensation claim is typically two years from the date of the accident or from the date when you first became aware of your injury or illness caused by your work. This two-year period is defined by the Statute of Limitations Act 1957, as amended.

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