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Accidents at Work*

INJURY

Every employer is obliged to provide what the law calls “A Safe System of Work” for each of his or her employees. This means that all arrangements in the workplace must put safety first.

 If an employer fails in this duty and a staff member is injured as a result then the employer will be liable to compensate the employee. 

LIABILITY OF OTHER STAFF

If another staff member acting in the course of duty causes an accident then the employer is usually “vicariously liable” for compensation to the injured employee.

SAFETY STATEMENT

Every employer is obliged by law to give employees a detailed Safety Statement. This document sets out the employer’s policies and rules about accidents, accident prevention, safety systems and post accident procedures. If an accident happens, the contents of this Safety Statement may be important in deciding legal responsibility. If no Safety Statement was issued at all, this can have a great effect on liability.

COMPENSATION

In the days after an accident there will be expenses to pay such as doctors’ bills. It is important to keep all receipts as these will be needed by us for your claim. Failure to keep receipts may mean that duplicates would be needed and this could delay any settlement of the whole claim.

SOCIAL WELFARE / INJURY BENEFIT

It is important for an injured worker to apply for injury benefit as soon as possible after the accident.  Again it is equally important to keep a written record of the benefit drawn as this will also be needed for the insurance claim.

AFTER AN ACCIDENT...........THE DOs & DON’Ts

DO: Get urgent medical help. Do not say “I’ll be alright”. Maybe you will but ask a doctor.

DO: Report the accident to your employer as soon as possible.

DO: Report the accident to the authorities if it is a type of accident that must be reported.

DO:     Remember and make a note of who was present when the accident happened. These may be important witnesses later.

 

DON’T: Ignore medical advice. Follow your doctor’s instructions precisely.

DON’T: Sign any statement without reading it carefully. If you are asked to sign a document - phone us immediately if possible. 

DO: CALL US FOR LEGAL ADVICE   

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4525211

and speak to Patrick McMahon or Olivia Blanch-Dunne

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