We all know that accidents can happen. No one wants to get hurt or injured. No one wants to be forced out of work for any period of time and need to have people around you to look after you while you get better. But accidents do happen and importantly they are not always your fault.
Every day in Ireland, people suffer injuries at work. This can be as a result of tripping or falling over or sometimes it can be because of something even more innocent. Workers are sometimes asked to do tasks that they do not normally do or have not received training for. As a result some people find themselves getting injured while completing these jobs. Perhaps they had not been trained appropriately; provided with the correct safety equipment or adequate steps were not taken by the employer to make sure that the work area was suitable to do the job. We help people that have been in these situations.
In the workplace it can be easy to overlook some of the tasks that you have been asked to do by your employer. In some instance employers ask staff to complete work that is not part of their job specification. Be careful, there are legal requirements that employers have to meet and safety equipment and training they have to provide to make sure that workers can do the best job in a safe and healthy way. There is an obligation on an employer to send you home from work in the evening in the same condition you were in when you went in in the morning. These legal requirements also look after the location in which you work. For example, if you were asked to clean a room at work the area should be adequately ventilated to ensure that any fumes from cleaning products do not harm you. You should be provided with training to use the cleaning equipment and chemicals that are provided and you should be provided with Respiratory Protection Equipment (RPE) to protect you from any and all harmful fumes. (This is not an exhaustive list). If any of the above were not provided and you were injured as a result, including any breathing difficulties (like Occupational Asthma) that you may have as a result, you may possibly have a reason to take a injury claim against your employer or their insurance company.
Here is an interview with Will Falkner of Midlands 103FM and the Personal Injury Partner in Anthony Joyce & Co, Shane O’Brien. If you have been affected in a similar manner to this please contact us or complete the form below and we will contact you to discuss your options.
Don’t wait for your condition to worsen. Under the Irish Statute of Limitations you have two years from the date of an injury to make a claim. Talk to our experienced team of Personal Injury Solicitors and let us advise you on your next steps. You concentrate on your recovery, let us look after the rest.