Work Injury – an accident advice note from Holland Condon Solicitors Kilkenny

Aug 9, 2012

If you have been injured at work, you may not have considered your accident to be your employer’s fault, but it could be. Your company or organisation has a legal duty to protect you and your colleagues from harm: everything from providing the correct equipment to giving you the proper training is their responsibility.

If you have suffered a work injury in the last two years and you think it may not be your fault, then you could be eligible to make a work injury claim, and we would be delighted to help you.

In the light of the society in which we live, it’s essential that employers take care to protect their workers. Workplaces can be dangerous places, no matter the industry.By law, employers must take responsibility for the health and safety of their employees. There are numerous laws and regulations in place to make sure that they do this. However, on occasions they do not satisfy this obligation. When this results in an injury, employees have a legal right to make a claim for injury compensation.

If you are an employer, be sure to look after your workers’ health and safety at all times. If there is any potential for danger, ensure that you inform anyone who could possibly be affected, and alert workers and visitors with big and bold signage.

Although it is tempting to save money by asking people to do things they’re not meant to do, these things are forbidden for a reason, even if they don’t seem that way.

Similarly, should you ever see an employee acting in an unsafe way, be sure to admonish them sternly – better they should not like you, and better to err on the side of caution, than to have an injured worker and be liable to pay accident compensation for their medical bills and time off.

For ant unfortunate employees, who has received an injury, then, collecting as much information as possible about your injury is vital – we’d like to know all the circumstances and any details.

If there was anyone around who saw what happened, please be sure to get their details, as that’ll help us prove that the accident wasn’t your fault.Maybe, you could take come photos.

Make sure that you seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even if the injury doesn’t seem serious, you need to find this out for sure, and a doctor’s report detailing the injury is also very useful evidence. Also be sure to keep receipts for any treatment or medication, so that we can claim it back for you later.

-an accident advice note from Holland Condon Solicitors Kilkenny

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