A power tool accident compensation claim originates from any number of instances where the employer has not provided adequate protection for his employees in any industry where a power tool may be used. Virtually all power tool accidents can be prevented with the correct application of health and safety procedures, yet many hundreds of people each year suffer cuts, punctures, amputations and electrocutions.
Common reasons for a power tool accident compensation claim may include:-
- Being given a power tool to perform a job it was not designed for
- Not being supplied with appropriate protective clothing
- Being given a worn or damaged power tool to use
- Not being trained on how to use a power tool
- Being given a power tool with a frayed electrical cord
If power tools are used incorrectly, it is possible to lose your fingers in only a few seconds. Should you sever any nerves in your arm or hand, this can affect hand mobility and prevent you from being able to do manual labour in the future.
Being given an adequate power tool in good working order, with instruction on how to use it and adequate protective clothing, is an essential requirement of health and safety regulations in the workplace. Should your employer fail in his “duty of care” towards you, and you subsequently suffer an injury through his negligence, you are entitled to make a power tool accident compensation claim.
Making a Power Tool Accident Compensation Claim
It should go without saying that should you suffer an injury from using a power tool, you seek medical attention immediately. Even when a relatively minor cut is sustained, the damage to the neural circuit could cause future loss of feeling in a finger or your hand, so it is always recommended that you go to the accident and emergency department of your local hospital. Your attendance will be recorded on your medical records, and these, together with the relevant entry in your employer´s “Accident Report Book”, will support a power tool accident compensation claim.
A power tool accident compensation claim is submitted to the Injuries Board Ireland for their assessment in much the same way as a personal injury* claim. However, there are a number of factors when making a power tool accident compensation claim against your employer that may encourage you to consider using a specialised personal injury* claims solicitor to assist you. This may include wishing to avoid an awkward workplace confrontation, not entirely understanding the procedures involved in making a claim or maybe you are in a situation where your employer denies responsibility for your injuries – and these are just a few scenarios before you start to complete the application form!
In order to smooth the passage for your power tool accident compensation claim, we have established a free advice service which you are invited to call and speak with an experienced solicitor about your case. You are welcome to ask any questions relating to your power tool accident compensation claim and receive some useful and practical advice in respect of procedures, employment status and levels of negligence. The service is completely confidential and you are under no obligation to proceed with a power tool accident compensation 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 an experienced solicitor who is familiar with industrial injuries of this nature. We appreciate that you may still be in shock, in pain or just angry that this injury could be allowed to happen to you, and we will be sympathetic and objective throughout our conversation.
We will listen as you tell us how your injury occurred, what medical treatment you received, what the long term health issues are because of your accident and how you believe it could have been prevented – effectively, how your employer is liable for your power tool accident compensation claim.
We will ask you to explain to us how your injuries have affected your quality of life, future work prospects and potential to earn. We will also answer any questions you may have regarding these issues and try, wherever possible, to ascertain if there is a power tool accident compensation claim that is worth your while to pursue.
If so, we will advise you of the procedures involved, the length of time your claim should take to process and the likelihood of your success. We will offer other areas of advice and information, which you are under no obligation to act on and, if you wish, can take away from our conversation and discuss with family and friends.
To find out more about the benefits of using a specialist personal injury* claims solicitor when making a power tool injury compensation claim, please do not hesitate to call our free advice service between the hours of 8.00am to 10.00pm any day of the week. We also operate a call-back service, so if it is not below the top of the page and one of our friendly and helpful team will be back in touch with you at a more suitable time.