If you would like to claim compensation for construction site accidents in Ireland, you should be able to prove that you or a loved one suffered injury due to the negligence of an employer or other person charged with maintaining an acceptable level of health and safety in your workplace.
Any deterioration in the victim´s quality of life attributable to their injuries as well as any financial costs which have been incurred due to a construction accident for which they were not to blame, should take into account when calculating the final award of construction accident injury compensation.
Claiming Compensation for Construction Falls
If you are claiming compensation for falling on a construction site you will need to show that two criteria are present. Firstly, that you suffered some kind of injury and, secondly, that your employer or other party was negligent in relation to the duty of care that they owed you and your colleagues.
If you fall on a construction site your first priority should be to tend to your health, and you may not be physically capable of determining how an accident came to happen. Depending on the extent of your injuries, you may have to be rushed to hospital either by ambulance or by a co-worker and a record will be made of your injuries.
The individual charged with maintaining the Accident Report Book on the construction site should note that an accident occurred and the causes of it. Following this, your medical records and the report recorded in the Accident Report Book are used to back up your claim for construction falls compensation when you file an application with the Injuries Board Ireland.
The Injuries Board Ireland will contact the liable person to inform them that you are making a construction falls claim against them and set up for an independent medical examination to take place to ascertain the extent of your injuries and the length of time it is expected that it will take you to recover. Provided the negligent party accepts liability, the Injuries Board Ireland will make an assessment of the amount of construction site fall compensation you are entitled to and warn both you and the liable party in writing.
However, if the liable party either refute their responsibility or the amount assessed by the Injuries Board Ireland, you will be sent with an authorisation to pursue your construction falls claim via the courts system. You also have the chance to appeal the amount of the Injuries Board assessment if you believe it is insufficient.
Due to the potential for major injuries and consequent large compensation payments after falls on construction sites, you may also be contacted by the negligent party´s insurance firm with an offer of early settlement. These offers are often made prior to the Injuries Board Ireland completing its assessment of your building site falls claim and can often be in the insurance company’s favour rather than yours.
Due to this, you should seek to consult with a personal injury claims solicitor as soon as you have received medical attention for your injuries. A solicitor familiar with these types of claims can advise you on the best fashion way to comprehensively complete your application form to the Injuries Board Ireland, speak for you in litigation should it be required, and tell you whether you should accept an offer from an insurance company or negotiate a better settlement on your behalf.
To give yourself the best chance of being successful in your construction accident compensation claim you should seek unbiased and accurate legal advice from a legal professional expert in relation to your case.