Building Sites accident Claims and Compensation
Many construction workers and employees of construction companies are involved in workplace accidents causing them to suffer personal injuries. We come across many building site accidents and we deal with compensation claims for those involved. In order to claim compensation for a building site accident, it is necessary to prove that the accident was caused by a failure of the duty of care of the employer. Building sites are generally very hazardous environments and there are many regulations and laws which must be upheld by employers. The Health & Safety Authority is heavily involved in the regulation of safety in respect of building sites and will generally inspect the site of an accident reported to the Health & Safety Authority. If you have been involved in a building site accident and require compensation for your injuries, Sinnott Solicitors can assist you with any compensation claim. Compensation for building site accidents can also include compensation for loss of earnings if the Claimant is not in a position to work for a period of time as a result of the accident. Compensation can also include compensation for psychological injuries in connection with the building site accident in certain circumstances. If you have been involved in a building site accident, we strongly recommend that the accident is reported immediately and that an incident report is filed with your appropriate superiors.
Workplace Slips trips and falls claims and Compensation
Many Claimants seeking compensation for slips, trips and falls cases can arise in a variety of ways. Many slips, trips and falls occur due to spillage, uneven surfaces or any hazard which is present which causes a Claimant an injury. Generally speaking, if a hazard is allowed to develop or continue and if it is quite clear that the presence of the hazard may be the cause of an accident, the Defendant will be deemed to have breached its duty of care to a Claimant in those circumstances. The vast majority of injury claims that come before the Courts are in relation to slips, trips and falls in a variety of circumstances. In order to make a claim for compensation for injuries sustained by slips, trips and falls, it is necessary to prove that the liability rests with the Defendant by allowing the hazard to either develop or continue in circumstances where the Defendant ought to have known that the hazard would cause an accident. If you have been injured in a slip, trip or fall accident, then you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Slips, trips and falls can occur in a variety of circumstances and places such as supermarkets, at work, schools, public places, footpaths amongst others. If you wish to take a case in relation to a slip, trip or fall, Sinnott Solicitors can assist you in taking a claim for compensation. A clam for compensation for personal injuries in respect of a slip, trip or fall accident may also include a claim for loss of earnings if the Claimant was out of work as a result of the accident. In certain circumstances, a Claimant may be entitled to take a claim for psychological injuries associated with the slip, trip or fall accident. Such psychological injuries could include a claim for post traumatic stress disorder in certain circumstances.
Recent successful work accident claims before the Courts
An Employee awarded over €189K in work accident compensation arising from injuries suffered in the course of employment in the case of Twomey v. Jeral Ltd  IEHC 676 (High Court (General), Meenan J, 29 October 2020. The High Court, in assessing damages in a personal injuries action where the plaintiff suffered severe lacerations to her right calf in the course of her employment found that the plaintiff’s pain was genuine and caused by the accident. During the course of her employment the Plaintiff was involved in a work accident where a steel girder fell on the back of her right leg causing the laceration. The scar was approximately 25 cm in length.
The Court found and that she also established a basis for damages for future loss of earnings but that the future loss of earnings should be subject to a reduction which is referred to as a “Reddy v. Bates” deduction of 40% on the basis that the retail sector was adversely affected; and accordingly, the court awards the plaintiff €80,000 in general damages, €69,037.20 for future loss of earnings as her future remuneration for future employment would be lower than what she currently received and €40,372.30 in special damages, giving a total award of €189,409.50.
An Employee was awarded €75,000 in work accident compensation arising from slip and fall outside workplace in the case of Farrell v. Minister for Agriculture  IEHC 660 (High Court (General), Barrett J, 15 December 2020). The High Court, in personal injuries proceedings awarded general damages in the sum of €75,000 to the plaintiff employee against her employer and a facilities management company engaged on the employer’s behalf as defendants, arising from the plaintiff’s slip and fall on leaves in a car park outside her employer’s premises.
The court found firstly that the unchallenged evidence was that the car park was completely unlit at the material time and secondly that the employer was negligent in failing to ensure so far as is reasonably practicable that the plaintiff’s means of access to and egress from her place of work was safe and without risk to her health.
If you have any queries regarding workplace accident compensation as a result of your injuries, Sinnott Solicitors would be happy to advise you. We take work accident cases nationwide. Our offices are located in Cork and Dublin and we may be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 003531 4062862
Read more – Guide to the Injuries Board and Injury Court Claims process