Injured at Work – What Are My Rights?
If you are injured at work through no fault of your own, you have a legal right to pursue a claim for compensation.
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Your right to a safe workplace
As an employee in Northern Ireland, you have the legal right to a safe working environment. This means that you have the right to –
- A safe place of work
- A safe system of work
- The use of safe equipment
- Work alongside safe employees
If you are injured at work through no fault of your own, your right to a safe working environment has been breached. When this happens, it is necessary to investigate what went wrong, and why.
Workplace accidents happen in all kinds of ways. Often, however, an employer is to blame. This is because employers are responsible for protecting the health and safety of their staff while they are at work/fulfilling their work duties.
So, if you have been involved in a workplace accident, it is likely that your employer is accountable. This is true even if your colleague caused the incident. Your employer has a responsibility to hire competent staff, and to provide training and supervision as needed.
The right to compensation
If you have been wrongfully injured in the workplace, you have the right to claim compensation for your damages. This compensation is intended to recompense for your pain and suffering, and to recover the money you have lost.
You might be concerned about making a claim against your employer. Nevertheless, you are not allowed to be treated differently for making a legitimate work accident claim. You cannot be fired, harassed or bullied for exercising your legal rights.
Remember, as a victim of personal injury, you are entitled to compensation. This is your legal right and you should not be denied the opportunity to make a claim.
Other rights following workplace accident
You might wonder whether you have any other rights following a workplace accident. This really depends on a variety of factors, such as the nature of your injuries and the terms of your employment contract.
For instance, under employment law you may qualify for Statutory Sick Pay. Or your company may have its own sick pay scheme. If you do lose earnings because of your injuries, this will be reflected in your compensation settlement.
You may also be entitled to other benefits, such as Personal Independent Payments.
Your rights following a workplace accident
If you have been injured at work, you have a number of legal rights. At McGee O’Kane Solicitors we can explain these to you in more detail, helping you understand the options available. Without a solicitor it can be difficult to verify your rights, especially if your employer is denying responsibility.
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