According to the Health and Safety Authority, 18% of workplace accidents are directly attributable to tiredness and fatigue, and there is evidence to suggest that the frequency of fatigue-related work accidents increase the later into a shift one goes. Although there are health and safety regulations to physically protect employees from accidents in the workplace, one area which is frequently overlooked by employers is the provision of sufficient rest breaks and the introduction of fatigue-preventing equipment – such as ergonomically designed drivers´ seats in construction vehicles and forklifts.
A fatigue-related work accident claim can happen in any occupation at any time of the day and, although an employer cannot be held liable for a dreadful nights sleep, he is still responsible for the health and safety of all the other staff and should actually send you home if you are incapable of doing your job through being over-tired. More frequently, and substantiated by the statistics above, fatigue-related work accidents occur due to long working hours, strenuous job requirements and racing to meet deadlines or to arrive on time for hastily scheduled appointments. An employer is obligated to manage his workforce efficiently, assessing each person´s capability to effectively perform their roles without the risk of a fatigue-related work accident, and with special consideration to the young, old and pregnant.
Where an employer fails to take consideration of tiredness, and his “lack of care” subsequently causes you to have an accident, you are entitled to make a claim for fatigue-related accident compensation.
Making a Claim for Fatigue-Related Accident Compensation
The first consideration after suffering an injury in a fatigue-related work accident should be your health. It is important that you visit the accident and emergency department of your local hospital if not treated on site, or make an appointment to see your family doctor. Even if you believe that you have only suffered minor injuries in your fatigue-related work accident, a precautionary examination should still take place as no amount of compensation will make up for a permanent disability that could have been prevented by timely medical intervention.
Furthermore, your attendance at a hospital or your doctor´s surgery will be recorded in your medical records and these, together with the corresponding entry in your employer´s “Accident Report Book”, will be used to support your application to the Injuries Board Ireland for fatigue-related work accident compensation. It is also advisable to use the services of a specialised personal injury claims solicitor.
The advantages of using a specialised personal injury claims solicitor in pursuit of a fatigue-related work injury compensation claim are numerous. The primary benefits are :
- Solicitors are familiar with the procedures that you need to fulfil to fully claim a fair and adequate award of compensation.
- Solicitors will advise you of a correct course of action should your employer deny liability for your accident or dispute the assessment of the Injuries Board Ireland.
- Solicitors can review an offer of early settlement by your employer´s insurance company to see if it is appropriate to the trauma you have experienced.
In order for you to find out more about how the services a solicitor can be of benefit to you in your own unique circumstances, we have established a free advice telephone service. You are invited to call our free service and speak directly with a solicitor who can answer your questions about a fatigue-related work injury compensation claim and offer helpful and impartial advice. All calls to our free advice service are treated with the utmost confidentiality and you are under no obligation to proceed with a claim once you have spoken with us.
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What You Can Expect When You Call
When you call our free advice service, you will be speaking directly with a personal injury claims solicitor with over twenty years of experience in dealing with work-related compensation claims – amongst them fatigue-related work accidents.
We will ask you to describe the circumstances surrounding your fatigue-related work accident, what injuries you sustained and how they were treated. We would also like to know how you believe the accident and your injuries could have been avoided.
You are welcome to ask any questions you feel are relevant to a compensation claim for a fatigue-related work accident – often these questions open new avenues to support your claim. We will do our best to answer them clearly and precisely for you.
We will also make a preliminary assessment of your case and advise you whether we believe there is a claim for fatigue-related work accident compensation which is worth your while to pursue. We should also be able to tell you how long the case would take to process and give you an indication of the general level of compensation you could expect to receive.
You are under no obligation to proceed with any of the suggestions we make and are welcome to take as long as you need to consider our advice. However, we would recommend that you act sooner rather than later while the memories of any witnesses are fresh.
Therefore, we look forward to hearing from you soon. If it is not convenient for you to call right away, please leave your details in the call-back form at the top of the page and one of our team will get back in touch at a more suitable time.
If you would like to find out more about the options available to you in respect of a compensation claim, please do not hesitate to call our free advice line right away.
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