Factory accident compensation claims can result from many different types of incidents. A bad injury from a faulty piece of machinery is the most common reason for factory accident compensation claims, but repetitive strain injuries such as “white finger”, and simple slip and fall accidents due to a wet or uneven surface also help to make up the thousands of factory accident compensation claims in Ireland each year.
To make a factory accident compensation claim you have to be able to show that you sustained an injury of some nature due to a lack of care on behalf of your employer. Even if you have contributed in some way to your own injuries, it is still worth enquiring about factory injury compensation claims. In cases where you believe the employer was even partly negligent – for example, when he or she has provided safety equipment for a specific task, but never given full instructions on how to use it, your employer may still be fully or partially liable.
Making Factory Accident Compensation Claims
There are two important things you must do before making factory accident compensation claims. Firstly, you should seek professional medical advice. No amount of compensation will make up for long term health issues which could have been avoided by timely medical intervention. Secondly, you must ensure that your accident is recorded in your employer´s “Accident Report Book”, as both these records will be referred to when assessing factory accident compensation claims.
Even when you have been diagnosed with a repetitive strain injury, your factory accident should be recorded as it is reviewed by the Health and Safety Executive during periodic inspections. This type of injury recording system will also improve the work environment for your colleagues. Whether you have a machine-related accident, a slip or fall or a repetitive strain injury, you have two years from the “date of knowledge” of your injuries in which to make factory accident compensation claims.
We would, however, not advise you to leave it for that length of time before making factory accident compensation claims. Sometimes employers or their insurance companies may dispute liability, medical records can take a long while to materialise, and case loads at the Injuries Board may delay proceedings even further.
Instead, we recommend that you call our free advice telephone service and speak with one of our experienced personal injury compensation claims solicitors about making factory accident compensation claims. The advice we offer is free and there is no obligation on you to proceed with a claim after you have spoken with us.
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What You Can Expect
Irrespective of the injuries you have sustained in your accident, and the level of negligence that your employer was responsible for, we acknowledge that suing your boss for factory accident compensation claims can be a bit of a daunting experience. You may well be having a personal dilemma about proceeding with a claim and this is where the impartial advice offered by our solicitors can help you.
We will be both understanding and courteous as you explain to us exactly how your injuries were sustained, how they were diagnosed and treated by your doctor and where you believe your employer was negligent in contributing to your injuries. We will then assess your factory accident compensation claim and advise you whether we feel there are grounds for a case which it is worth your while to pursue.
We will also offer several suggestions about how you can claim, if you wish, without causing an issue at work, advise you of the likelihood of a successful factory accident compensation claim, how long your claim will take to process and give you a general indication of the level of compensation we would expect you to be awarded. You do not have to act on any of our suggestions – they are just there for your benefit and for you to consider with your family.
If you do choose to proceed with a factory accident compensation claim, our solicitor will be happy to guide you through all the procedures involved in making a claim, intercede with your employer´s insurance company on your behalf, and accompany you to court if necessary. The costs for all this work is usually paid for by the defendant (in this case your employer´s insurance company), so you need not worry about further costs and expenses at a time when you may not be able to work.
Your next step should be to give our free advice telephone service a call. You will be able to speak with an experience personal injury claims solicitor familiar with factory accident compensation claims and get valuable and helpful advice relating to your individual circumstances. Our lines are open from 8.00am to 10.00pm and, if you cannot call us right away, leave your contact details in our call-back box below and one of our friendly team will be in touch.